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