German Hunting Terrier

The German Hunting Terrier is a small-size, generally black and tan, compact, well proportioned working hunting dog. The breed was created by German hunters and canine enthusiasts in early 20th century by crossing several terrier breeds including the Fox Terrier, Old English Wirehaired Terrier and the Welsh Terrier. They put great emphasis on breeding a multitalented, well trainable, hard, steady, courageous, water happy dog with an distinct hunting instinct. After many years of intensive breeding efforts, the German Hunting Terrier Club was founded in 1926.

German Hunting Terrier
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Today, the German Hunting Terrier is praised for his courage, hardiness, great enthusiasm for work, endurance, vitality, reliability, and steady temperament.

The coat is plain and dense with hard rough hair or coarse smooth hair. This breed comes in black, dark brown or greyish black color, with fawn (yellow red) clearly defined markings at the eyebrows, muzzle, chest, legs and at the base of the tail. There is also light or dark mask with occasional small white markings on chest and toes.

A male German Hunting Terrier normally stands 13 to 16 inches at the withers, and females are about the same size. The ideal weight should not exceed 22 pounds for males and 19 pounds for females.

For more information about the breed standard for German Hunting Terrier visit FCI