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The Purebred Jagdterrier

Information and Pictures

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Richelieu the Jagdterrier at 3 years old

Other Names
  • Deutscher Jagdterrier
  • German Hunt Terrier
  • German Hunting Terrier
  • German Jagdterrier
  • Jagd Terrier

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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 more easily enter dens, and is preferred, while an excessively wide chest lessens this ability. 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.


This dog is highly intelligent and affable with its master and hunters. It has a determination to work with combustible energy. Very people friendly. The Jagdterrier is bred to be a hunting and sporting dog. Jagdterriers possess a spirit of liveliness and speed at work, yet are regal at rest. "Alert," "athletic" and "active" describe the ambience of the Jagdterrier. A bit of fire is always evident in its expression. A clever hunter, unrelentingly robust and unafraid of the most formidable wild and very intent in the pursuit of such game. Dash, gameness and pluck are all descriptive of a properly bred Jagdterrier. The Jagdterrier, bred by hunters throughout its existence, has maintained the fearless characteristics of early day den terriers. This breed can become willful and hard to manage without enough exercise and/or leadership. Not for the laid-back type. They need a job to do. Proper human to canine communication is essential.

Height, Weight

Height: 13 - 16 inches (33 - 41 cm)

Weight: 20 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg)

Health Problems


Living Conditions

The Jagdterrier is good for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Jagdterrier should be protected from the cold.


This breed needs a great deal of exercise. When not out on the hunt it needs to be taken on a daily long walk or jog where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. These dogs were bred to be hardworking hunting and sporting dogs and need a job to do. Not for the laid-back person.

Life Expectancy

About 10 to 12 years

Litter Size

About 3 to 8 puppies


The Jagdterrier smooth, shorthaired, hard coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. You can remove loose hair by wiping the coat with a warm, damp cloth. This breed is an average shedder.


The Jagdterrier (German Jagdterrier, Deutscher Jagdterrier, Jagdterrier) 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.

  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • ACR = American Canine Registry
  • AKC = American Kennel Club
  • APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
  • UKC = United Kennel Club
Close Up - A panting black and tan Jagdterrier is wearing a thick chain link collar laying on a brick step in front of a door of a white brick house.

"Scooby is my Jagdterrier and he is 3 years old in these pictures. He loves to run, play and hunt small animals like birds and squirrels etc."

A black and tan Jagdterrier is laying on a brick step in front of a front door. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Scooby the Jagdterrier at 3 years old

Close Up - A black with tan Jagdterrier is sitting on a couch with a knitted afghan blanket hanging over the back.

Harry the 18-month-old Jagdterrier on the couch

Close Up head shot - A panting black with tan Jagdterrier is sitting in a grassy field.

Harry the 18-month-old Jagdterrier

Action shot - A black with tan Jagdterrier is running through tall brown grass. Its mouth is open and tongue is out

Harry the 18-month-old Jagdterrier running through the field

A person is holding a small Jagdterrier puppy in their hand over their lap

Jagdterrier as a young puppy at 3 weeks old

A Jagdterrier is sitting up on top of a cabinet with its head down and looking forward

Richelieu the Jagdterrier at 3 years old

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