General Information

Dog NameDeutscher Wachtelhund
Other NamesGerman Quail Dog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpaniel
GroupGun Dogs
Breed ForFlushing and hunting game
Country of OriginGermany

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male20
Max Ideal Weight for male22
Min Ideal Weight for female18
Max Ideal Weight for male22


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentFriendly,, Versatile, Determines
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyLow
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesGerman Quail Dog
Deutscher Wachtel
German Spaniel
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupGun Dogs
Bred ForFlushing and hunting game
Recognized ByAKC, UKC, FCI
Life Span12-14 years
Ideal Weight40-55 pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightMale: 19-21 inches
Female: 18-20 inches
Fur TypeDense, wavy
Common ColorsRed, Brown
MarkingsTicked, Black points
White markings, Patched and Ticked
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBoykin Spaniel

Deutscher Wachtelhund is a medium-sized dog with spaniel- looking ears and long-haired, noble head with a strong bone. Overall they are longer than height, but never look high on the leg.

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a rare breed of dog well-known in its native Germany, mostly owned by hunters and gamekeepers.

Origin & History

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a German breed developed in the late 19th century. In its homeland Germany, they are classified as versatile gundogs. They were originally bred to hunt games that are sparse and hard to search in difficult terrains and bad weather conditions.

After the German revolution, people needed hunting dogs but couldn’t afford to have one and slowly the need for versatile dogs arose and the Deutscher Wachtelund was developed as a versatile forest dog.

Are They Safe With Kids?

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is easy-going with children if properly socialized. This dogs are very playful and affectionate with children but need to be supervised around small children as he could accidentally harm them.

Behavior, Temperament & Personality

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is an excellent versatile gundog, they carry a vibrant and friendly personality. They are fearless dogs and always happy to greet everyone.

The temperament of Deutscher Wachtelhund is loyal and gentle; however, they tend to be very aggressive as they were bred to hunt in the past.

They are very adaptive dogs, who make good family pets and likes to be involved in family events, all together they are happy dogs who will try his best to keep his family members happy.


Training a Deutscher Wachtelhund is quite easy as they are known to be quick learners and very obedient. But while training them you need to keep a good eye on them because they have a strong hunting instinct that they need to learn how to control.

When training a Deutscher Wachtelhund, you need to be calm, confident and consistent so that he knows that you are the leader. You can also motivate them by offering treats and encourage them by rewards.


3 little known facts about Deutscher Wachtelhund:

  • Although they were bred for hunting, they make a good companion too.
  • They may be aggressive but they are friendly and pleasant too.
  • Although they were mainly bred and trained as a quail hunter, they actually go for ducks first as they love being in the water. Other than that, the forest is his second home.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Skin Allergies, Dental Problem,
Heart Disease, Hypothyroidism,
Obesity, Ear Infection
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingBig Drooler
GroomingAdvance Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 28%
Fat: 12%
Fish Oil

Luckily the Deutscher Wachetlhund tends to live a happy and long life being active and agile but there are few common health issues they may suffer from are:

  • Ear infection
  • Skin problem
  • Allergies
  • Splayed Feet


The Deutscher Wachtelhunds are found in various colors, such as:

  • White
  • Fawn
  • Liver
  • Grey
  • Brown
  • Red

Price Of Deutscher Wachtelhund Puppies

A Deutscher Wachtelhund puppy will cost about $750 from a good and trustworthy breeder.

Which Dogs Are Similar To Deutscher Wachtelhund

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