German Hunt Terrier


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Country of origin: Germany

  Breed description

Head: flat with a slight stop. The muzzle is shorter that the skull.

Eyes: small and deeply set, with close fitting eyelids, dark.

Ears: V-shaped, set high, carried pendulously, more or less against the skull.

Teeth: scissors bite.

Neck: powerful, not too long, carried slightly raised.

Body: the back is strong, level and not particularly short, the loins and the croup are well muscled, the chest is well sprung and the strong shoulders are set oblique.

Limbs: the legs are straight, muscular, with coarse bones.

Feet: forefeet often wider than the hindfeet.

Tail: carried level.

Coat: short and rough; the rough-haired is close and dens,e while the shorthaired is strong, hard and not too short.

Color: black and tan, brown and black, gray with tan markings, some white on the chest and/or the toes is permitted

Shoulder height: between 13 - 15 3/4 in (33-40 cm)/



Dogs of this breed are energetic, high-spirited and active with considerable stamina and a strong hunting instinct. They are very courageous, sober and hardy, love to use their voice, but do not bark excessively. Self-confident, often dominant and not easily intimidated. Germen Hunt Terriers are alert to what goes on around them and are excellent guards. Although devoted to their masters and families, this breed is not usually considered suitable to be an "average" companion dog because of its high-spirited nature.

Social Behavior:

German Hunt Terriers tend to do well with children, provided they do not pester the dog. Because of their sharpness and their hunting instinct it is unlikely that they will live in harmony with cats and other pets, although thorough socialization may help. A German Hunt Terrier can be snappy towards other dogs, particular those of its own sex. When visitors arrive then this dog will be vigilant at first, but will soon thaw; it is not aggressive towards people.

  General Care:


Both coat varieties need comparatively little attention. The texture of rough-haired coats is such that plucking will not be necessary or only rarely. Keep the claws short.


These dogs should be trained consitently and with a firm hand. In that case this breed will be fairly obedient. However, its hunting instinct will always remain its weakness, the dog may play deaf when it is in pursuit of any real or imaginary prey.


German Hunt Terriers need a great deal of exercise and activity. They are ready for anything, from ball games to retrieving and from swimming to frolicking. In spite of their small size these dogs can be trained to join you on your daily runs, provided you build things up slowly. If you lt the dog walk off the leash then there is always the risk that it will go off hunting on its own. So make sure your yard is fenced. A German Hunt Terrier is usually fairly agile and affectionate both outdoors and indoors.


This breed is used exclusively as a hunter both in its country of origin and elsewhere. While many terriers have lost some of their keen hunting instinct, this breed still possesses all the original characteristics and the mentality that a working terrier needs for its job. This explains why this breed is predominantly owned by hunters, who have adopted a stringent placement policy. For nun-hunter it is quite difficult to acquire a puppy of this breed.


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updated : 1-9-2014 20:48

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