Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

German Hunting Terrier

(Deutscher Jagdterrier)

Jagdterrier

These illustrations do not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed.

ORIGIN

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Germany.

PUBLISHED

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19.03.2015.

UTILISATION

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Versatile hunting dog, suited in particular for the hunt under the ground and as a flushing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
With working trial

UKC
Terrier

TRANSLATION

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Johan Gallant / Walter Schicker.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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After the first World War a group of active hunters separated from the numerically strong Fox Terrier Club. It was their aim to create a breed, the sole purpose of which would be hunting performance. The experienced hunters and cynologists Rudolf Frieß, Walter Zangenberg and Carl Erich Grünewald decided to select a black and tan hunting dog in particular suitable for the hunt under the ground. A coincidence came in support of their efforts. A zoo director, Lutz Heck / Hagenberg presented Walter Zangenberg with four black and tan terriers which were said to come from pure bred Fox Terrier lines. These dogs became the foundation stock of the German Hunting Terrier. At the time Dr Herbert Lackner joined the founders. After many years of intensive breeding efforts, and through skilful crossings with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier as well as with the Welsh Terrier, they succeeded to fix the appearance of their breed. At the same time they put great emphasis on breeding a multitalented, well 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.
UKC
The Jagdterrier (German Jagdterrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier, German Hunt Terrier) is a comparatively young breed, having been developed only since the turn of the 20th century. The breed was developed in Germany as a functional hunting dog, and is used there on a wide variety of game, including wild boar, badger, fox and weasel. Imports into the United States and Canada have also been used by sportsmen as tree dogs, primarily for raccoon and squirrel. The Jagdterrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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A smallish, generally black and tan, compact, well proportioned working hunting dog.
UKC
The Jagdterrier is first and foremost a hunting and sporting dog. Jagdterriers possess a spirit of liveliness and speed at work, yet are regal at rest. "Alert," "athletic" and "active" describes the ambience of the Jagdterrier. A bit of fire is always evident in its expression. Physically, individuals should exhibit a square (though not broad) build, standing squarely and true over the feet. A deep and narrow chest allows the dog to easily enter dens. Leg length is in proportion to the rest of the body, avoiding both stubbiness or legginess. The tail is set fairly high and straight, and is gaily carried. The tail posture, while the dog is working, will be wayward and is not important. Though cropped, the remaining tail must be long enough to serve as a handle, should the hunter need to pull the terrier from a den. The coat may be either harsh or smooth; the important factor for coats of working terriers being that the coat must be thick and ample for turning briars and fangs. All deviations from the standard that would affect the working ability of an earth dog are penalized in direct relation to their deviation. Scars, the result of honorable wounds, are not considered faults and are not to be penalized.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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Proportion of chest circumference to height at the withers The circumference of the chest is 10 to 12 cm more than the height at the withers.
Body length to height at the withers The body is insignificantly longer than the height at the withers.
Depth of chest to height at the withers Circa 55 - 60 % of the height at the withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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Courageous and hard, takes pleasure in work, enduring, vital, full of temperament, reliable, sociable and trainable, neither shy nor aggressive.
UKC
This terrier breed is a clever hunter, unrelenting, tough, and robust. The Jagdterrier is unafraid of the most formidable wild game and very intent in the pursuit of such game. The breed is highly intelligent and affable with its master and other hunters. Considering its determination to work, and its combustible energy, the breed should not be selected strictly as a pet, though they are totally people friendly. Dash, gameness and pluck are all descriptive of a properly bred Jagdterrier. The Jagdterrier, bred solely by hunters over its existence, has maintained the fearless characteristics of early day den terriers.

HEAD

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Elongated, slightly wedge-shaped, not pointed, the muzzle slightly shorter than the skull from occiput to stop.
UKC
Elongated and wedge-shaped, with a slight stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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The skull is flat, broad between the ears, narrower between the eyes.
UKC
Flat and wider between the ears than the Fox Terrier's, tapering towards the eyes.

Stop

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Slightly marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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In harmony with the muzzle, neither too narrow nor too small, not cleft. Black, but when the colour of the coat is dominantly brown, a brown nose is also permitted.
UKC
The nose is black, unless the dog’s main color is brown, when a brown nose is acceptable.

Muzzle

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Strong, distinct under-jaw, strongly pronounced chin.
UKC
Shorter than the backskull, with prominent cheeks and a very strong, full underjaw.

Lips

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Tight and well pigmented.

Jaws/Teeth

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Big teeth. Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, whereby the row of upper incisors, without gap, perfectly locks over the lower incisors, and with the teeth standing vertically to the jaws. 42 teeth in accordance with the teeth formula.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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Well pronounced.

Eyes

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Dark, small, oval, well placed in such a way that injury is hardly possible; the eyelids are tight. Resolute expression.
UKC
The small, dark eyes are deep set and have a determined expression. The eyelids are close fitting.

Ears

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Set high, not explicitely small, V-shaped; slightly touching semi-drop ears.
UKC
The v-shaped ears are not too small. They are set on high and carried lightly against the side of the head. The ears must be of adequate thickness to withstand work in briars and thickets.

NECK

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Strong, not too long, well put on and blending strongly into the shoulders.
UKC
The strong, rather arched neck is not excessively long. It broadens at the point of insertion into the shoulders.

BODY

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Chest is deep but not too broad. Ribs are well sprung and carried well back. Back is strong and level, not too short. Loin is well muscled, croup is flat. Length of body is slightly greater than height at withers.

Topline

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Straight.

Withers

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Well defined.

Back

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Strong, straight, not too short.

Loin

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Well muscled.

Croup

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Well muscled and flat.

Chest

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Deep, ribs well sprung, not too broad, long breastbone with ribs well reaching backwards.

Underline and belly

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Elegantly curved backwards; short and firm flanks, belly slightly drawn up.

TAIL

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Well set to the long croup, docked for circa 1/3. Is rather carried slightly raised than steeply erected, but should never incline over the back. (In countries where tail docking is prohibited by law, it can be left in its natural state. It should be carried horizontally or slightly sabre-formed.)
UKC
The tail is usually docked, leaving about 5/8 of the original length. (It is better to take off too little than too much.) The tail must serve as a handle for hunters to pull the terriers from the dens. The tail is normally carried gaily in the manner of a foxhound, but also reflects a terrier's mobility, and can be in any posture while the terrier works.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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Seen from the front the forelegs are straight and parallel, viewed from the side they are placed well under the body. The distance from the surface to the elbows is approximately equal to the distance from the elbows to the withers.
UKC
The shoulders are long and sloping, well angulated with the upper arm.

Shoulder

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The shoulder-blade lies well oblique and backwards; it is long and strongly muscled. There is good angulation between shoulder-blade and upper arm.

Upper Arm

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As long as possible, well and dry muscled.

Elbow

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Close to body, neither turned inward nor outward. Good angulation between upper arm and forearm.

FORELEGS

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The straight forelegs are well muscled. The bone is strong rather than fine. The pasterns are slightly slanted and flexible. Length of leg is one-half the height at the withers.

Forearm

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Dry, straight and upright with strong bones.

Pastern

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Pastern joint: Strong.
Pastern: Slightly angulated to the ground, bones rather strong than fine.

FEET

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The well-knit feet are oval in shape. The front feet are frequently larger and wider than the hind feet. Cat-type feet are not acceptable.

Forefeet

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Often broader than the hind feet, the toes lying close to each other with sufficiently thick, hard, resistant and well pigmented pads. They are parallel, in stance as well as in movement neither turned inward nor outward.

Hind feet

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Oval to round, the toes lying close to each other, with sufficiently thick, hard, resistant and well pigmented pads. They are parallel, in stance and in movement neither turned inward nor outward.

HINDQUARTERS

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Viewed from behind straight and parallel. Good angulation between upper thigh and lower thigh and also at the hocks. Strong bones.
UKC
The muscular hindquarters are well-angulated. The bone is strong.

Thigh

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Long, broad and muscular.

Stifle

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Strong with good angulation between upper- and lower thigh.

HIND LEGS

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Long and sinewy, with good angulation at the stifle and hock. Viewed from behind, the legs are straight and parallel. Hocks are well let down.

Lower thigh

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Long, muscular and sinewy.

Hock joint

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Strong and placed low.

Hock

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Short and vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Ample ground covering, free, with good reach in the front and powerful drive from the rear. In front- and hindquarters parallel and straight; never stilted.
UKC
Terriers were often required to run with the hounds, being there to bolt the quarry should it go to ground. Thus, their gait is more gallop than trot. This requirement remains for the Jagdterrier. They should have galloping power and the tendency to a smooth gallop at fair speed when at liberty. At a trot, the gait should be free and parallel, with good reach and drive.

SKIN

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Thick, tight, without folds.

COAT

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HAIR

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Plain, dense; hard rough hair or coarse smooth hair.
UKC
Both smooth and harsh coats, or any texture in between, are acceptable, but the coat must be thick and abundant to turn briars, dampness and cold.

COLOUR

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The colour is black, dark-brown or greyish-black, with fawn (yellow-red) clearly defined markings at the eyebrows, muzzle, chest, the legs and at the base of the tail. Light and dark mask is equally permitted; small white markings on chest and toes are tolerated.
UKC
The main body color may be black, black and gray, or dark brown, with brown, red, yellow or lighter-colored markings found on the eyebrows, chest, legs and anus. Both light and dark colored masks are acceptable. A small amount of white on the chest and toes is acceptable.

SIZE

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Because they are den dogs, Jagdterriers must not be too large to enter a varmint burrow nor too small to defend themselves in a confrontation with their quarry. Height, measured at the withers, must not be less than 13 inches nor greater than 16 inches. The ideal working weight should not be under 16 pounds nor over 22 pounds, the bitch being generally lighter than the dog.

Height at withers

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Bitches 33 to 40 cm.
Height at the withers Dogs 33 to 40 cm,

Weight

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(desired ideal weight for working)
Dogs 9 to 10 kg,
Bitches 7,5 to 8,5 kg.

FAULTS

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Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Missing of one or both M3 (Molars) is not to be considered a fault.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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  • Narrow skull, narrow and also pointed muzzle.
  • Falling away under-jaw, narrow jaws.
  • Weak bite, any slight irregularity in the placing of the incisors.
  • Light or spotted nose.
  • Light, too big or protruding eyes.
  • Erected, flying, too small, set too low or heavy ears.
  • Steep forequarters.
  • Soft or roached back, too short back.
  • Short breastbone.
  • Too narrow or too wide in front.
  • Steep hindquarters, overbuilt.
  • Elbows clearly turned in or out.
  • Too close or spread toes; cow-hocked, bow-legged or narrow hocks, in stance as well as in movement.
  • Ambling, stilted or tripping gait.
  • Splayed feet, cat feet.
  • Tail inclining over the back, tail set too low or hanging.
  • Short, woolly, open or thin hair, bald at the belly or at the inner sides of the thighs.
UKC

Teeth: Missing teeth except for first premolars. Overshot bite. Undershot bite.
Nose: Light-colored nose. Spotted nose.
Ears: Erect, tulip or rose ears. Thin, easily torn ears.
Forelegs: Steep shoulders.
Hind Legs: Lack of angulation.
Coat: Fine, silky-soft or short coat unsuitable for the rigors of a working terrier. Woolly hair. Open coat. Lack of hair on the belly.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Weak in temperament and character, shot- or game shy.
  • Over- and undershot bite, wry mouth, pincer and partial pincer bite, irregularly placed teeth, missing teeth except for M3.
  • Incorrect pigmentation.
  • Entropion and ectropion, eyes of different colour, blue or spotted eyes.
  • Any departure of the described coat colour.
  • Over- and under size.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

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Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.