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  • Temperament: Courageous, Intelligent, Hardworking
  • Height: 13-16 inches
  • Weight: 17-22 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

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About the Jagdterrier

The Jagdterrier is a versatile hunting dog from Germany. In German, jagdterrier literally means “hunt terrier.” He is particularly suited to hunting under the ground and as a flushing dog and is relatively small, compact, and well-proportioned. His dense coat, either hard and rough or course and smooth, is usually black and tan, but can be dark brown or grayish-black as well. The tan markings are on his eyebrows, muzzle, chest, legs, and at the base of his tail. He could also have small white markings on his chest and toes.



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Depending on the size of your dog as an adult, you are going to want to feed your Jagdterrier a formula that will cater to his unique digestive needs throughout the various phases of his life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. Jagdterriers are a small breed and may have a lifespan ranging from 10 to 12 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep him clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.


Options for exercise could include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. If you live in an apartment, even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.


Like all breeds, there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these issues in their lives, but the majority of Jagdterriers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Jagdterrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.



After World War I, a small group of active hunters separated from the much larger Fox-Terrier Club. It was this group’s aim to create a breed solely based on hunting performance. The experienced hunters and cynologists Rudolf Frieß, Walter Zangenberg and Carl-Erich Grünewald decided to select a black and tan hunting dog that was particularly suited to hunting underground. A coincidence arose in support of their efforts: a zoo director, Lutz Heck presented Walter Zangenberg with four black and tan terriers which were said to come from purebred Fox-Terrier lines. These dogs became the foundation stock of the Jagdterrier.

At this time, Dr Herbert Lackner joined the founders. After many years of intensive breeding efforts and through skillful crossings with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier as well as with the Welsh Terrier, they succeeded in fixing the appearance of their breed. At the same time, they put great emphasis on breeding a multi-talented, easily-trainable, hard, tongue-giving and water-happy dog with an explicit hunting instinct. The German Hunting Terrier Club (Deutscher Jagdterrier-Club e.V.) was founded in 1926. As ever, the breeders continued to value most carefully their breed for its usefulness as a hunting dog, its steadiness of character, its courage and drive.

Did You Know?

The Jagdterrier has been assigned the Terrier Group designation.
Jagdterrier is pronounced "Yack Terrier."
Jagd means "to hunt" in German. The breed is also known as the German Hunt Terrier.
The Jagdterrier has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since June 2014.
The Jagdterrier has been approved to compete in Earthdog Events since January 1, 2016.