German Hunting Terrier

     

Intro

The German Hunting terrier is a square shaped dog whose build is slender yet well muscular. The narrow chest of the dog was a coveted trait as it allowed the dog to enter dens where game could go hiding into. The average size f this dog makes it an excellent hunting dog, as was bred for so many years. The tail of the dog is set high on the back and is curled. In dogs which have the tail docked, the tail is docked and a sufficient length left to ensure it can be used as a handle, pulling the dog out in the event that it is stuck in a den.

Appearance

The hair coat of the dog may vary, the two most common coats are a smooth coat and a harsh coat too. Irrespective of whether the terrier has smooth or a rough hair coat, it is important to note that these terriers have their hair coat thick. Scars on the body of the dog are not penalized in shows, as they are seen to be honorable wounds inflicted while working. The height of this dog is on average 16 inches while the weight range is anywhere in th range of 20 – 22 pounds.

Temperament

This dog is an extremely intelligent dog that is able to worm up to its master and strangers alike. It loves to work and appeal to its master. This dog loves the outdoors, and if you are looking for one as a pet, there must be foresight of how to meet the exercise needs of this dog which are very demanding. The dog is alert and athletic, agile at work and while at rest also. This dog is extremely brave and not afraid of any eventuality while with its master. Lack of sufficient exercise for this dog can cause a myriad of challenges for the dog owner and it is always advisable to learn about the nature of the dog before acquiring it. Proper training must be done for the dog to start working as expected. Communication between the owner of the dog and the dog is important in ensuring that the desired response is elicited.

Health Problems

This dog has no reported cases that have been shown to affect it as a breed. It is however recommended that daily exercise be scheduled for the dog. This avoids the problem of the dog becoming overweight which could cause a lot of problems.

Mortality

There have been no documented cases of death that affect this breed rather than natural causes.

Grooming

Recommended grooming intervals is once a week and any other time when it is necessary after the dog comes back.

Origin

This is a breed of dog that has been developed in the 20th century as a hunting dog. Among game that this dog is expected to hunt include wild boar, foxes, weasels as well as the badgers. In other regions of the world, the dog has been used as a sports dog and for hunting squirrels and raccoons.