Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 8-10, Female: 7-9
Height: Male: 14-16, Female: 13-15
Origin of Name: The Jagdterrier is a type of working terrier, originating in Germany.
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After World War I, a small group of active hunters separated from the much larger Fox-Terrier Club. The objective of this group was to create a breed based on hunting performance. Veteran hunters and gynecologists Rudolf Frey, Walter Zengberg and Karl-Erich Gruenwald decided to select a black and tan Hunting Dog that was particularly suited to underground hunting. A coincidence arose in support of his efforts: Lutz Heck, a zoo director, presented Walter Zengberg with four black and tan terriers, who were asked to come from purebred fox-terrier lines. These dogs became the foundation store of Jagdterrier.
At this time, Drs. Herbert Lackner joined the founders. Through many years of intensive breeding efforts and skilled crossings with the Old English wirehair terrier as well as the Welsh terrier, they were successful in recovering their breed presence. At the same time, they place great emphasis on breeding a multi-talented, easily trained, hard-nosed, tongue-giver and water-happy dog with a clear hunting instinct. In 1926 the German Hunting Terrier Club (Deutscher Jagterer-Club e.V.) was founded. As always, breeders continued to value the breed most carefully for its usefulness as a Hunting Dog, its stability of character, its courage and expedition.