Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Deutscher Jagdterrier; German Hunt Terrier; German Jagdterrier
The Jagdterrier is a working terrier from Germany which hunts game, both above and below the ground-- including wild boar, badger, fox, and weasel. It can present some challenges to trainers and has been slow to catch on worldwide, although the American Kennel Club started recording the breed in its Foundation Stock Service in 2014.
The expert hunter will discover that the tenacity and spirit of a well-trained Jagdterrier can make it a fine choice for a hunting companion. If you are not a hunter, you need to be willing to engage in other interesting outdoor activities to channel your dog's energy. This is not an apartment pet or a lapdog.
Appearance / health:
The German Hunt Terrier has a square build. It has a deep and narrow chest that allows the dog to enter dens easily. Its legs stand proportionate to the rest of the body. The tail is set fairly high and straight, and though cropped, enough of it remains to enable the hunter needs to pull it out from a den. Departures from the standard that are likely to affect the breed’s ability to function as an earth dog are penalized proportionately to the extent of deviation. Scars, the result of wounds, are not considered faults and are not penalized.
German Hunt Terriers require little grooming. Occasional bathing and brushing will usually keep their coats in good shape. The teeth may need to be inspected on a regular basis.
These are hunting and sporting dogs that display a high activity level and require a good amount of exercise.
The breed is prone to dental problems. Otherwise, it is a rather hardy breed.
Behavior / temperament:
German Hunt Terriers are highly intelligent, alert, and athletic dogs. They have a high level of energy and require work to do, in order to expend it. They make vigilant guard dogs. They tend to be one-man dogs.
Firm training is required in the case of this breed. These dogs are known to obey only their owners. However, they are quick-witted and adapt readily to new conditions. These dogs learn best if they are trained early in life.
They tend to be yappy at times
experienced dog owners, amazing hunting dogs, remarkably stout, large farm
shedding, huge backyard, ample space, hunting instinct, apartment
runner, wild boars, curious animal, foxes
The Jagdterrier is an amazing animal. They are loyal, remarkably stout, determined and playful. They make amazing hunting dogs: capable of handling both wild boar and badgers equally well. And, in my opinion, any dog that is willing to take on a badger is a definite keeper.
They can be very challenging. Jagdterriers require ample space to run. Even a half-acre backyard may feel stifling to these little guys. If you don’t have enough space for them to run, do not even consider a Jagdterrier. They become very aggressive when not allowed to burn off all of their energy. They also tend to shed heavily, especially in warmer climates.
Every individual animal is different and this is especially true of Jagdterriers. They tend toward being very vocal, which is great when hunting but can be a real nuisance when trying to sleep. They are fantastic guard dogs and usually find a very productive place within any household pack. They are extremely trainable and learn very rapidly. In my experience, Jagdterriers can be very helpful in training other dogs as well. More than any other breed I’ve come across, they ‘rub off’ on their companions in a very interesting way.
This is a great breed for experienced dog owners. Beginners should do ample research and make a serious commitment before thinking about this breed as a family pet..
From WCrussell Feb 26 2015 10:41AM
My experience with Jagdterrier.
Jagdterrier is a hunting type of dog. My dad is an amateur hunter. After a few years of pursuing this hobby he decided that he needed a good hunting dog, strong, clever and with good hunting skills. So he ended up with 5 Jagdterriers in his life. :D
With one of those fantastic dogs I had a very personal experience as I took care of it for more than a year.
First things first.
The dog's name is Max and I got him when he was around 3 or 4 months old.
Physique and health.
First thing you should consider if you want to get a Jagdterrier is that, despite it's rather small size, it's NOT a family pet and it cannot live in an apartment or a small house. These dogs need lots of exercises and lots of space. Max lived with me in my apartment and If I wouldn't be able to take him out of town (and let him run freely for hours) almost every day, we would have had a very sad experience.
Other than for vaccination, I had to take Max to the vet only once when he got accidentally hurt while playing by other dogs as a puppy. Overall these dogs are pretty strong and healthy.
Temperament and personality.
Max is always very active and very playful, without socialization he gets gloomy and bored pretty quickly. He loves humans, but feels best in the company of other dogs. Although some people say that two male Jagdterriers could be difficult to coexist.
He likes people, especially kids but sometimes gets out of control while playing, could bite or scratch you. It is not an aggression (I have never seen my dog angry!), the dog just don't understand that it hurts you, so if you do not train your dog as a puppy it could become a big problem. And because of that I am always extra careful when Max is around children.
These dogs have very strong hunting instincts. While they completely ignore cats, they cannot help but to chase small birds and rodents. Digging holes in the ground in search of small critters is their favorite thing ever. :D
They are kind of independent and stubborn in terms of training and it can be pretty hard to train them for a novice.
Surprisingly Jagdterriers are very quiet and bark only when hunting.
So is this an easy dog to deal with? I wouldn't say so. While being non-aggressive and human friendly, these dogs are very active and tend to be independent and their hunting instincts are sometimes too strong to handle.
Is it the right dog for me? I wouldn't say so.
Do I love it? Hell yes, Max is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. :).
From yanatonyk Jul 30 2015 2:02AM
My experience with Jagdterrier
I had my Jagdterrier for very short time. I got him as a gift while he was a puppy and sadly had to give him away. Jagdterriers are very loyal, doughty, vital but they are hunting dogs and they need a lot of space for running and other activities otherwise they can become very aggressive. Unfortunately that's exactly what happened to my dog so I gave him to some local hunter and my dog is now happy running through the woods doing the best thing he knows. I think that it's never dogs fault if he is aggressive or badly behaving but owners and my dog became like that because I didn't provide him right conditions. As said, I got him as a present and if I bought dog by my own I would never choose Jagdterrier if I can't provide him right living conditions..
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