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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Terrier group.


Approximately 16.5-22 pounds (7.5-10 kilograms).


Approximately 13-15.7 inches (33-40 cm) at the withers.


German Hunting Terriers are predominately black although dark brown and a mixture of grey and black are also quite common. Light tan markings and either a light or a dark mask are also common.


This breed has a relatively short coat of stiff, dense fur that lies close to the dog's body.



German Hunting Terriers are lively, vigilant, and fearless dogs. Although capable of being affectionate with their owners, these dogs should be kept as working dogs rather than as pets.

Country of Origin:



This breed is a descendant of English Terriers and was developed in Germany during the 1800's through selective breeding. An excellent hunter, the German Hunting Terrier has incredible skill with unearthling prey such as foxes and badgers. The German Hunting Terrier is also a talented scenthound and can retrieve small game on land or water.


This breed is also known as the Deutscher Jagdterrier.


The German Hunting Terrier is known for its difficult personality and cantankerous nature. Wary of strangers, these terriers are alert guard dogs and tend to exhibit aggressive behaviour toward other dogs. Unlike most terriers, German Hunting Terriers are not suitable as pets and only obey their owners.



These cantankerous dogs require firm training from an experienced handler and will typically only obey their owners.


These dogs require regular exercise and outings and should ideally live outdoors.


German Hunting Terriers are not suitable for first-time dog owners due to their difficult personalities. Also, these dogs are not suitable as pets and should only be kept as working dogs. German Hunting Terriers should live outdoors as they can become excessively nervous when kept indoors. This breed requires weekly grooming.


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