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History The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a breed that was developed for the purpose of recreating the Stober, which is a versatile working dog with a scenting ability that can be compared to that of a bloodhound. A group of German hunters decided to get remnants of the breed in Bavaria and bred them with various sporting spaniels that were excellent hunters. They were able to produce the Wachtelhund, which gained official recognition in 1903.
In Germany, only hunters and gamekeepers own dogs of this breed. These dogs aren't sold to people who are not hunters. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, though, specimens of this breed were brought to the United States. Several hunters and Canadian guides have also owned Deutscher Wachtelhunds and used them as retrievers, flushers, and for tracking and holding wounded black bears at bay. Another pair of these dogs was brought to the United States in 1994. To this day, there are around 100 of these dogs in the United States and Canada. In 1996, the United Kennel Club granted recognition to this breed.
Appearance Deutscher Wachtelhunds are medium-sized dogs that are muscular and strong-boned. These dogs have fairly long ears that reach the tip of their nose. Their slightly oval-shaped eyes are set well apart and are brown to hazel in colour. They have a muscular and graceful neck that blends into their shoulders and arches toward their head. Their oval-shaped feet are strong as well as tight, arched toes with hair between them. These dogs have strong, white teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The coat of these dogs is long on the body and fine and short on the head. Their coat is strong, curly or wavy, and thick. They also have an undercoat that provides them with enough protection against harsh weather.
Colours These dogs have a coat that may be solid brown or brown ticked with white. They can come in shades of blond, red, orange, and dark brown. Patterns such as white ticking or small brown and white patches are acceptable.
Temperament Deutscher Wachtelhunds are highly capable, versatile workers that can adapt to a wide variety of working conditions. These dogs are excellent at trailing and tracking large game. They can also function as bird dogs. Aside from that, they are very energetic, friendly, and intelligent. These dogs are aggressive hunters, but they can be called off a trail unlike other hounds. They also make great family companions.
Weight Male dogs of this breed should have a height of 18 7/8 to 21 1/4 inches, while females should be 17 3/4 to 20 1/2 inches. These dogs have a weight that ranges from 44 to 66 pounds.
Problems Due to rigorous screening processes, dogs of this breed tend to be healthy, and so many health concerns have already been eliminated.
Living Conditions These dogs can live indoors just as long as they are provided with enough exercise. They need human companionship and should get lots of contact with family members.
Requirements Being natural hunters, Deutscher Wachtelhunds need much exercise daily. They make excellent retrievers, so letting them swim will be good for them. They should also be taken out for long, brisk walks daily.
Training Requirements These dogs are fairly easy to train. Owners should make sure, though, that they socialize these dogs well at an early age.
Life Expectancy Deutscher Wachtelhunds are expected to live for approximately 12 to 14 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed frequently and the hair between their toes should be trimmed. The ears of these dogs should be checked for infections and should be flushed after hunting to get rid of any debris or seeds.
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