Jagdterrier Dog Breed

The Jagdterrier, also known as the Deutscher Jagdterrier, is a courageous, resilient, vital, full-tempered, dependable, friendly, and trainable dog breed. He constantly enjoys doing his work. The Jagdterrier is a versatile hunting dog from Germany. Jagdterrier literally translates to “hunt terrier” in German. The breed is relatively small, compact, and well-proportioned, making him particularly well-suited for hunting below the ground and as a flushing dog. His thick, hard, rough, smooth, and course coat is often black and tan, although it can also be dark brown or grayish-black. His eyebrows, muzzle, chest, legs, and tail base all have tan patterns. Additionally, he can have very minor white markings on his toes and chest.

The Jagdterrier was initially developed in Germany with the goal of creating a breed of specialized hunting dogs. This happened soon after World War I. Three hunters, Rudolf Frieb, Carl Erich Grunewald, and Walter Zangenberg, led the initiative, and the German Hunting Terrier Club was formally established in 1926. The Jagdterrier was later imported into America, where hunters appreciated the breed. The Jagdterrier is currently recognized by the American Kennel Club as a part of the Foundation Stock Service class.


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Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers is the Editor-in-Chief of SHOWSIGHT digital and print publications. He received a B.S. from Drexel University where he studied interior architectural design. His professional career has allowed him to develop his planning, problem-solving, and project management skills, which were employed in the office, educational, and financial sectors. While working as a project manager, he earned a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of the Arts and began creating ads for many of America’s top-winning show dogs. Through this work, Dan became Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s first online-only dog show publication. His current role expands on this experience and broadly extends to cover the sport of dogs in Companion and Performance events as well as all aspects of Conformation.

Dan is a long-time member of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America and is the organization’s current AKC Delegate and Archivist/Historian, as well as a club-approved Breed Mentor. From 2000-2010, he was the club’s AKC Gazette Columnist. He breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix and has judged the IWSCA National Specialty Sweepstakes twice. Dan is a member of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club as well as the Dog Writers Association of America, which recognized his illustrations in the award-winning canine compendium, the Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology.