General Information

Dog NameJagdterrier
Other NamesGermany Hunting Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Breed ForHunting small and big game
Country of OriginGermany

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male7
Max Ideal Weight for male9
Min Ideal Weight for female7
Max Ideal Weight for male9


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSmart, Hardworking, Sociable
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyLow
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginGermany
Nicknames and Other NamesGerman Hunting Terrier
Deutscher Jagdterrier
German Jagdterrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus fimiliaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupTerrier Group
Bred ForHunting big and small game
Recognized ByFCI, AKC, ANKC, UKC, NZKC
Life Span10-12 years
Ideal Weight17-22 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height13-16 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeEither hairy, broken or smooth
Common ColorsBlack, Dark Brown, Black and Gray
MarkingsTan markings
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBorder Terrier

Jagdterrier is a medium-sized terrier dog from Germany. This breed is known by different names like Deutscher Jagdterrier, German Jagdterrier, and German Hunting Terrier. They are a highly active and energetic dog who is very hard working. They are apartment friendly who can live indoor as long as they are taken out for a walk regularly.

Jagdterrier has an alert and sturdy appearance. Their leg in proportion to the body. Their head is a bit long with either black or brown nose and deep, small, well-set eyes with a determined look.

Origin and History

Jagdterrier is originated in Germany in the 19th century as a hunting dog. Their ancestors are believed to be Old English Fox Terrier and Black & Tan Hunting Terrier. They were used for hunting small game and even big game like wild boar, fox, and badger. Jagdterrier was imported to Canada and America, where they were used as a tree dog by sportsman mainly to hunt squirrels and raccoons.

The United Kennel Club recognized Jagdterrier breed on January 1, 1993. The American Kennel Club has kept this breed in the Foundation Stock Service since June 2014.

Is Jagdterrier Child-Friendly?

Jadgterrier is tolerant of children and gets well with them. They are playful, so makes a great playmate. However, children might play rough sometimes that can lead to the dog’s aggressive behavior. So, supervision is necessary to avoid any kind of misbehavior from either party.

Jagdterrier is child friendly.
Baby Patting Jagdterrier
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of Jadgterrier is intelligent and courageous. They are fearless and can face anything that is bigger than its own size. Therefore, they make a great watchdog who can protect his family and their properties from any danger.

Behavior: Jadgterrier has a high prey drive which can lead him to chase any small or big animals on his sight. They do not get much well with other pet and may show aggressive behavior towards them. So, early socialization is necessary and should be raised together.

Personality: The Jadgterrier have athletic personality and are highly energetic, active who likes to be engaged in some kind of work. As a hunting dog, they should not be kept at home as a pet all the time. Jadgterrier should be taken out for trick game and hunting time to time to avoid their destructive behavior hen being bored.


Jadgteerrier is not a hard dog to train as long as you are patient and confident. He needs firm leadership and consistency. Positive methods of training are best while training your dog. Reward him with treats and praises so that he remains motivated. Do not keep the training session long and teach one task at a time while only jumping to next after first is completed.


  • The average life span of Jadgterrier is 10-12 years.
  • The Jadgterrier is pronounced as ‘Yack Terrier’.
  • Jadge means ‘to hunt’ in German as they are also known as the German hunt terrier.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesPrimary Lens Luxation, Patellar Luxation,
Dental Problem
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes
Fish Oil

Jadgterrier is mostly prone to genetic diseases known as lens luxation. They may also suffer from the following canine diseases:

  • Dental problem: Dental problem is a condition where the dog has bad breathing due to germs. Brush his teeth often to prevent bad odor that car use problem in teeth. Visit your vet if it gets bad.
  • Lens Luxation: Lens luxation is a condition where the lens shifts its position either towards right or left. It can cause blueing in the frog of the eye. If treatment is not given for a long time, it can cause blindness.


Cost: The average cost of the jagdterrier is omehere between $300-$600 USD

Height and Size: The average height of the Jagdterrier is 13-16 inches. The average eight is between 17-22 pounds.

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