Breeds of dogs: German Hunting Terrier

Breeds of dogs: German Hunting Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Germany.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

The German Hunting Terrier breed was formed in Germany in the nineteenth century. Its actual selection, however, began after the First World War. In the selection of the breed, in particular, the character skills were taken into consideration and there was a tendency to leave the aesthetic aspect behind. Recently the trend has reversed, in fact the breed has almost lost its qualities as an excellent hunting dog, and has become an excellent companion dog. Fairly widespread in your country. The breed is almost unknown outside of continental Europe. In Italy, in recent years, some specimens have begun to be seen in dog shows.

General aspect

The German Hunting Terrier is a hunting dog on the surface (both in the woods and on the heath) and underground; he spots and warns by word of mouth on the ground, in the water, and he is also a track dog on the wounded wild and a carry-over for small game. Small in size, it is ideal in the city and in the car; however, it requires a lot of exercise on the ground. He has an innate hatred for pests, is wary of strangers, little prone to disease.


During the hunt it shows its best qualities. He is a fast dog, always alert and very resistant. He is proud and independent. He is considered a good guardian of the property. He has an extremely loyal behavior with those who look after him and whom he considers friends. Excellent companion, very sensitive and attentive. It is a dog that can live well in the city and can be carried safely in the car. It requires a lot of exercise.

German Hunting Terrier (photo

German Hunting Terrier (photo


Height: it is between 33 and 40 cm (neither less nor more).
Weight: in the male it varies from 9 to 10 kg, in the female from 7.5 to 8.5 kg.

Trunk: strong and straight back, not quite short, very muscular kidneys and rump. Chest
Deep, circled.
Head and muzzle: the skull is flat and wider between the ears of that of the Fox Terrier. Between the eyes it narrows and slides towards the muzzle without pronounced stop. The muzzle is a little shorter than the skull measured from the accipite to the stop, and must not remember that of the Levriere. Powerful muzzle, with pronounced cheeks. Sturdy jaw, with well-drawn chin.
Truffle: black, dark brown in brown subjects.
Teeth: very strong teeth, with good scissor bite.
Eyes: Dark, small, sunken, with tightly fitting eyelids, firm expression.
Ears: V-shaped, attached high, not too small, slightly close to the cheeks.
Limbs: anterior with long, inclined shoulder blade; straight, well muscled forelimbs; slightly inclined metacarpus; he is rather powerful than subtle.
Tail: well inserted in a long croup, carried more horizontally than inclined, it must not be carried high.
Hair: hard, well adherent, dense, rough and straight; however neither smooth nor short.
Allowed colors: the main color is black, black mixed with gray, or even dark brown with lighter shades, brown-red-yellowish on the eyebrows, on the muzzle, on the chest, on the limbs and around the alano. A light or even dark mask is also tolerated. A little white on the chest and fingers is allowed.
Most common defects: narrow skull; pointed muzzle; elusive chin; absence of teeth (except for the third molar); jaws longed for; light, speckled truffle; light eyes, too large, bulging; ears straight, too light, floating, too small and inserted low, too heavy; straight front, with shoulder not sufficiently inclined; insellato back, carp back, too short; narrow or too wide chest; straight back, not angled enough; cow hock; barrel arched rear; stiff gait; foot with spread fingers; cat foot; tail tipped forward, attached too low; fine and satin hair; woolly; erect (open), belly without hair.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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