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Jagdterrier Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • No current affiliations
  • Height
  • 11" - 19"
  • Weight
  • 10-39 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Brown
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

German hunt terrier, German jagdterrier, Deutscher jagdterrier


This breed was created in Germany.

Date Of Origin

The Jagdterrier is a relatively new breed. It was developed int the early 1900's.


Tis is a young breed that was developed at the turn of the twentieth century. It is used as a hunting dog on a variety of game, including wild boar, badger, fox and weasel. In North America it has been used as a treeing dog on raccoon and squirrel. It is often hunted with hounds and is used to bolt prey.


The jagdterrier is a medium size, narrow, square dog. The muzzle is shorter than the somewhat flat skull. It has a powerful muzzle and strong lower jaw. The eyes are small, dark and deep set with a black or brown nose. The V-shaped, drop ears are medium size. It has a narrow chest and a docked tail. The coat is smooth or harsh and abundant, black, black and gray, or brown with lighter markings on the eyebrows, chest, legs, and under the tail.


This is a clever, tough, and fearless dog with a strong work drive. Although it is affable with its family, it is wary of strangers and highly protective. Some believe that the jagdterrier is too aggressive to be kept as anything but a working dog; others disagree.


This dog is used as an all around working dog and a hunter of small game.

Health Concerns

none known

Additional Information

This dog requires and experienced, active owner. This breed does best when it can hunt.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

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