German Hunt Terrier

The German Hunt Terrier, as their name suggests, originated in Germany and its original purpose was to hunt animals. Their original German name is Jagdterrier, which can be literally translated to “Hunt Terrier”. Their purpose was rather clear and they were really good at it. The Jagdterrier is an all-around, versatile hunting dog that was used for driving animals like badgers or raccoons out of their dens or burrows, scent hunting wounded animals, and driving animals like foxes or wild boar out in the open space where hunters could have an easy shot.

These dogs are still used for hunting and adapted well to different hunting styles in different countries. In the US, these dogs are mostly used as the rest of the terriers, for farm work, especially vermin control. In their native Germany, they are still used as versatile hunting dogs for various game. But mostly, these dogs are active family pets that have plenty of energy for all activities their family decides to do.

German Hunt Terrier Height


13-16 in (33-41 cm)

German Hunt Terrier Weight


17-22 lb (8 - 10 kg)

German Hunt Terrier Origin



German Hunt Terrier Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

10-12 years

Breed History

This breed is around 100 years old as their roots start in the 1920s when a group of German dog lovers and hunters decided to separate from the Fox Terrier Club and create a German national breed that had terrier-like characteristics and would be used as a versatile hunting dog.

At that time, German nationalism was on the rise as their political situation was starting to recover from the first World War. Germans wanted to get rid of most of the foreign breeds and promote their national breeds. One of the people that was involved in creating this breed was the notorious Berlin Zoo curator by the name of Lutz Heck. He was a member of the Nazi party and in charge of many shady genetic programs.

Creating the Jagdterrier was a project on a massive scale and extremely strict selection process. The kennel that created this breed had over 700 dogs at one point. The Jagdterrier was specifically created and dogs that were bred had special characteristics that their creators wanted to promote.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

The Jagdterrier has characteristics of breeds that were used to create them. They have a Jack Russell-like muzzles and a boxed shape like the Fox Terrier. Their coat is wiry and short, which protects them from rain and weather conditions. There are several colors that are allowed by the standard and their basic colors are always black and tan. Tan can come in shades from liver, chocolate, to rust.

FCI standard

The Jagdterrier is placed in Group 3 (Terriers) Section 1 (Large and medium-sized Terriers).

This breed is required to undergo a working trial. According to this standard, both male and female Jagdterriers should have a height between 13 and 16 in (33-41 cm).

They have been fully accepted by the FCI on the 2nd of December 1954.

AKC standard

This breed is not yet fully accepted in the American Kennel Club.

Care and Grooming

The German Hunt Terrier is an easy-to-maintain breed that has a coat that is mostly self-cleaning. They should be brushed once a week. They usually shed year-round, but only moderately.

The rest is basic care, trim their nails if the dog doesn’t wear them out naturally, brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup. Check their ears regularly to ensure there aren’t any infections or redness.

German Hunt Terrier temperament

If you are getting this dog, there are some things you should keep in mind. They are hunting dogs and they have a character that goes along with that. They are highly energetic with a high prey drive. They should not be trusted around small animals, especially guinea pigs, ferrets, or rabbits. They are determined, energetic, playful, cheerful, and they are affectionate and loving with their family.

Jagdterrier - training and socialization

Like all other breeds, the German Hunt Terrier also requires early training and socialization. This is a hunting breed so it is extremely important that you start these processes as soon as possible. Proper socialization will teach them how to handle unknown situations and other dogs and people. Expose your dog to different situations, sights, sounds, people, and dogs. To achieve the best possible results with your Jagdterrier, use positive training methods, and never use fear, punishment, or threats. Their training should include a lot of treats, praises, and food.


Jagdterrier is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 10-12 years. To be sure that you will end up with the best possible dog regarding health always buy him from responsible and official dog breeders. Because they regularly test their breeding dogs you can be sure that their puppies won’t have any inherited diseases. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents.

Jagdterrier breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Jagdterrier breeder.  Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Jagdterrier breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy. If you are unable to buy a dog, we advise you to search for local animal shelters because there is a chance you can find a Jagdterrier dog in it.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at29.07.2020.