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. He 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 and rough or 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.
Most Jagdterriers weigh between 17 and 22 pounds. Average height of the breed is 13 to 16 inches.
Most of the Jagdterriers are healthy dogs. Average life expectancy of the breed is 10 to 12 years.
The Jagdterrier was initially developed in Germany with the goal of creating a breed of specialized hunting dogs. This happened soon after World War One.
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.