Other names: Jagd Terrier, German Hunting Terrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier

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The Jagdterrier is a small-sized hunting dog with a compact build, but well-proportioned. The gait of the Jagdterrier is characterized by ample and free movements, with a good impulse of the rear limbs.



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Hair type Short
Origin Germany
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 7 kg to 8 kg From 33 cm to 40 cm
Male From 9 kg to 10 kg From 33 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

The development of the Jagdterrier breed began shortly after World War I , when a group of hunters withdrew from the Fox Terrier Club, founded in 1876. They wanted to create a breed of its own, totally hunting-oriented with very specific qualities (obedience, versatility, tenacity, ability to evolve in water …). This is how the German hunters and cynologists Rudolf Frieß, Walter Zangenberg and Carl-Erich Grünewald began to select black and tan Fox Terriers for underground hunting, based in particular on the 4 dogs entrusted by a zoo director.

Inputs from the Old English Wirehaired Terrier and the Welsh Terrier then helped shape the breed as we know it today. The Jadgterrier breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on December 2, 1954.

Jagdterrier Pictures

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Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Jagdterrier is a versatile, courageous, enduring hunting dog, full of vitality and temperament. The Jagdterrier shows a lot of drive and enthusiasm at work. He is reliable, sociable and is neither shy nor aggressive .

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The Jagdterrier loves to work and to please his owner. He does not pose any particular problem during his education, the latter simply having to be ensured without any form of brutality , nor exaggerated laxity. Encouraged and rewarded, he will quickly learn to behave correctly and carry out his master’s orders.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Jagdterrier can live in the city , in an apartment, as well as in a large rural property or close to nature. It adapts to all living conditions , as long as it has enough daily activity.


Ease of gaining weight

The Jagdterrier is a robust dog, resistant, enduring and characterized by a rather solid health. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

Major concerns
Exercise-induced collapse
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Dislocation of the lens
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Jagdterrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Jagdterrier is an easy dog to maintain , especially since it is subject to moderate shedding . He does not lose a lot of hair during this last

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to get rid of dead hair and keep the skin clean. Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
800 €

The purchase price of a Jagdterrier is between € 500 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
€ 450

The annual maintenance cost of a Jagdterrier is between 350 € and 450 €.

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The Jagdterrier needs a high-quality , high-protein diet suitable for their level of physical activity, size and age. If it is used as a hunting dog, its energy expenditure will be more important. It is therefore advisable to adapt your rations during the hunting season.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Jagdterrier needs a lot of daily exercise to get active, with 1 or 2 long outings a day and games that strain their physical and mental capacities.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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