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German Hunt Terrier

German Hunt Terrier
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Origin / History The German Hunt Terrier, which also goes by the names German Jagdterrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier and Jagdterrier, is a relatively young dog breed that was developed only during the 20th century. This breed was developed in Germany through selective breeding. Breeds used for the development of the German Hunt Terrier are said to include the Welsh Terrier, the Old English Terrier and the Fox Terrier. There's also a possibility that German Hunt Terriers carry some percentage of Pinscher and Dachshund blood.

This breed has been created for the purpose of hunting a wide variety of game. German Hunt Terriers have been used for hunting wild boars, foxes, weasels and badgers. Dogs of this breed that were imported into Canada and the United States have also been used for treeing squirrels and raccoons. Aside from that, German Hunt Terriers are also great at retrieving small water or land game, and they function as great scenthounds. In 1993, this breed was granted recognition by the United Kennel Club.

Appearance German Hunt Terriers have a square build and a narrow and deep chest. The length of their legs is proportionate to the rest of their body. These dogs have a flat skull that is tapering towards the eyes. They have a muzzle that is shorter than their backskull, with a full, strong underjaw and prominent cheeks. Their tail is straight and set fairly high. The tail is usually cropped, but even then, it should be long enough to function as a handle in case the hunter needs to pull the dog from a den. These dogs have small eyes that are deep set and dark in colour. Their teeth are strong, white, and meet in a scissors bite. The nose of these dogs is usually black. In case the coat of the dog is brown, though, then a brown nose is acceptable. Scars on dogs of this breed are not considered as faults, but rather as results of honorable wounds.

Colours The main colour of the German Hunt Terrier's body should be dark brown, black, or black and gray, with markings of red, yellow, or brown on their legs, eyebrows, chest and anus. These dogs can also have dark or light masks. They can also have small white markings on their toes and chest.

Temperament These dogs are friendly and intelligent. They are very determined to work and are excellent hunters. When these dogs hunt, they are alert, active, and fearless. They should not, however, be kept solely as family pets. They need the physical and mental stimulation of hunting and without these, they won't be calm while indoors.

Height and Weight These dogs are around 16 inches high and 20 to 22 pounds heavy.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed have no known genetic health problems. They may, however, get afflicted with conditions that are also common to other dog breeds.

Living Conditions It's not advisable for German Hunt Terriers to be kept inside apartments. When these dogs spend much time indoors, they become excessively nervous. These dogs should be provided with at least a large yard where they can run around and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements As sporting and hunting dogs, this breed requires much exercise. They should be taken out for long walks or jogs daily.

Training Requirements Very firm training methods are recommended for these dogs. German Hunt Terriers are not supposed to be kept as just pets because they were bred to be hunting dogs. They should undergo training from an early age so that they will grow up to be obedient and well-mannered.

Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for approximately 10 to 15 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed at least once every week. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary.

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