Oysel dog

Other names: German Oysel Dog, German Quail Dog, Deutscher Wachtelhund

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The Chien d’Oysel is a versatile hunting dog, game breeder, of medium size, of robust construction, longer than high, with developed musculature and solid bones.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Germany
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 17 kg to 24 kg From 45 cm to 52 cm
Male From 18 kg to 25 kg From 48 cm to 54 cm
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History of the breed

The historical origins Oysel Dog back centuries, but it is only from the early 19th century that controlled and structured farms began to emerge. Lord Augusta 1834 L , a male from Upper Bavaria, is considered to be the subject that served as the basis for the development of the Dog of Oysel as we know it today. The first litters were exclusively made up of puppies with brown coats. Roan dogs arrived from the end of the 1830s. The dog lover Rudolf Friess , cited as a reference in the breeding of the Dog of Oysel , tried to establish the distinction between the brown and roan varieties.

Physical features

His hair: wavy to curly, mid-long to long, well laid. The outer coat is associated with a thick undercoat, of moderate length, not fine or silky. Often curly at the back of the neck, on the ears and on the rump. More dense on the posterior surface of the limbs, the belly and the tail. Curly or wavy on the ears. Tight but not too long in the interdigital spaces.
Its color: either unicolour brown, even red, possibly with white marks or speckles on the chest and fingers. Either brown roan, or even red (brown or red background color with white hairs or patches)
His head: the skull is flat and of moderate width. The occipital protuberance is not marked, while the stop is very little. The nose is large and dark in color and the nostrils are wide open. The muzzle is strong, a little rounded downwards and not pointed, the lips dry and well joined, the jaws articulated in scissors, even in pincers.
Its ears: hanging, set high, flat, covered with a hair evenly distributed and which goes beyond the edge of the flag.
His eyes: medium size, medium brown, preferably dark.
His body : writable in a rectangle, not giving the impression of being leggy. The topline is straight, the withers powerful and marked, the back short and firm, the loins well muscled and rather broad, the croup a little sloping, the chest oval in shape seen from the front, the rib cage long, the waistline. slightly raised below.
Its tail: carried in the continuity of the line of the back or drooping when the dog is at rest. Moderately lifted and very lively when awake.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Chien d’Oysel is a pleasant daily companion. Known to be friendly and obedient, he adapts to a variety of situations and displays neither fear nor aggression. He is above all a versatile hunting dog that evolves on different types of terrain. The Dog of Oysel also likes to evolve in water. When hunting, he shows perseverance in following the trail of game. Full of confidence , he readily gives voice, makes intelligent use of his fine nose and keen eyesight.

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The Dog of Oysel is not particularly difficult to train, because of its docility and the passion which it displays vis-à-vis the work . He should simply be educated with a minimum of firmness , but never brutally. Particular attention must be paid if you have small animals in your home, because the Oysel Dog retains its bite with regard to small game and pests.

Living conditions

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

Even if he is friendly and docile, the Chien d’Oysel is not made to remain cloistered in a cramped living space. An apartment will certainly be much less to him than a house with a large garden , with the possibility of moving freely and frequently in wooded areas.


Ease of gaining weight

The Dog of Oysel is a healthy dog . There is no particular predisposition to disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Oysel Dog 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 Chien d’Oysel requires daily maintenance , but the latter is not particularly restrictive , being essentially based on simple brushing.

It is recommended to brush the dog daily to ensure the cleanliness and beauty of his coat. The inside of its ears, its hair and its pads should be inspected after outings in order to locate and remove any debris or parasites.

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. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
800 €

The purchase price of a Chien d’Oysel is between 600 € and 800 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Chien d’Oysel is between 450 € and 650 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Being a hunting dog, the Dog of Oysel cannot be satisfied with short outings. It needs to be walked for a long time every day , with the possibility of letting it move without a leash in places where it is allowed.


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


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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