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Deutscher Wachtelhund – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 44 to 66 pounds
Height: 17 3/4 to 21 1/4 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Deutscher Wachtelhund, Dog Breed Guide


A German native that nearly died out and became extinct, the Deutscher Wachtelhund dog breed is being revitalized and developed as a modern hunting dog!

Official Name

Deutscher Wachtelhund
Other Name – German Spaniel


Date – NA / Country – Germany
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Spaniels

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Verein for Deutscher Wachtelhund
United Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program


German history shows a long recorded history of the dog breed Deutscher Wachtelhund in their country dating back several centuries back. No specific date or origin nor breeders were mentioned but German breeders classify these types of dogs as stoberhund. In Germany, stoberhund are dogs that are like spaniels, flushing their prey during a hunt. But unlike spaniel that are just bred for aquatic hunting scenarios, Deutscher Wachtelhund dogs are much more versatile.


This breed is energetic and hardworking. It is intense in the field but friendly with family, both loyal and dependable as well as biddable.

Bred For

Hunting dogs on both large and small game


The Deutscher Wachtelhunds are dogs that can be kept in a kennel. If this is the case, these dogs will require plenty of contact and attention from their family. By this, it means that it is ideal for every member of the household to allocate a certain amount of bonding time with their German Spaniels. They are dogs that will thrive when kept as house pets. Having them living inside the house is recommended.


Frequent bushing will maintain their coats in good condition.


Needs a firm, but calm, confident and consistent owner who has an air of natural authority to them. Proper canine to dog communication is essential.


The Deutscher Wachtelhund dog is generally healthy. Like all other breeds, the common health problems that is hip dysplasia might affect their health.


Hunting dogs such as the Deutscher Wachtelhunds are quite active by nature. These working dogs require owners who can give them ample amount of exercise in a daily basis. Like all spaniels, these German spaniels are just crazy for water activities. Daily walks and twice a week water activities like swimming and retrieving will make them very happy.