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German Hunt Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 20 - 22 pounds
Height: about 16 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low to Medium

Adopt a German Hunt Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


The German Hunt Terrier, or officially named the Deutscher Jagdterrier of Germany is considered to be one of the youngest dog breeds today.

Official Name

German Hunt Terrier
Other Name:
Deutscher Jagdterrier
German Hunting Terrier
German Hunt Terrier


Date – turn of the 20th Century
Country – Germany
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By

American Pet Registry, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.,


German Hunt Terrier dogs are relatively young for a dog breed having developed only at the turn of the twentieth century. These dogs are bred and used across its native country as very reliable and functional hunting dogs for various game type animals. They hunt wild boars, badgers, foxes, and even weasels. When it reached Northern America, they were found to be perfect treeing dogs, showing impressive hunting performance when hunting raccoons and squirrels. They were often used as pack hunters with hounds, given the task to bolt their prey.


The German Hunt Terrier dog breed is a medium size dog with a narrow and square physique. They are known to be clever, tough and fearless while on the hunt. Their strong work drive makes them impressive hunters. These dogs are affable when it comes to family, but will show wariness when around strangers. This trait makes them very protective by nature. A number of dog breeds find the German Hunt Terries a little bit too aggressive as a family pet and should only be used as working dogs. But most disagree as this dog can be trained to be less aggressive.

Bred For

Sportsmen and breeders developed these dogs as treeing dogs. They are excellent treeing game animals such as raccoons and squirrels.


These terrier dogs are not for apartment type living. They do not do well in the city. Rural areas with homes that have large yards are recommended.


Their smooth, harsh and abundant coating requires little grooming attention. It is also easy grooming German Hunt Terrier dogs. These are terrier dogs that will shed hair in average amount.


Proper and firm training should be done early. This breed can become willful and hard to manage when pack leadership or insufficient daily activity is not present.


They are one of the healthiest of all German dog breeds. No known case of major or minor health issues affects this breed.


This dog breed is demanding when it comes to activity needs. A great deal of time from their owners are required to satisfy their exercise needs. When not out on the hunt it needs to be taken on a daily long walk or jog.