FCI-Standard N° 103/ 20 . 01 . 1998/ GB
GERMAN HUNTING TERRIER
Pictures from Le Deutscher Jagdterrier Standard de la
: Johan Gallant / Walter Schicker.
OF PUBLICATION OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD
: Versatile hunting dog, suited in particular for the hunt
under the ground and as a flushing dog.
Section 1 Large and medium sized Terriers.
With working trial.
: After the first World War a group of active hunters separated
from the numerically strong Fox-Terrier Club. It was their aim
to create a breed, the sole purpose of which would be hunting
performance. The experienced hunters and cynologists Rudolf
Frieß, Walter Zangenberg and Carl‑Erich Grünewald decided to
select a black and tan hunting dog in particular suitable for
the hunt under the ground. A coincidence came in support of
their efforts. A zoo director, Lutz Heck / Hagenberg presented
Walter Zangenberg with four black and tan terriers which were
said to come from pure-bred Fox-Terrier lines. These
became the foundation stock of the German Hunting Terrier. At
the time Dr Herbert Lackner joined the founders. After many
years of intensive breeding efforts, and through skilful
crossings with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier as well as
with the Welsh Terrier, they succeeded to fix the appearance of
their breed. At the same time they put great emphasis on
breeding a multitalented, well trainable, hard, tongue‑giving
and water‑happy dog with an explicit hunting instinct. The
German Hunting Terrier Club (Deutscher Jagdterrier-Club e.V.)
was founded in 1926. As ever, the breeders continued to value
most carefully their breed for
its usefulness as a hunting dog, its steadiness of character,
its courage and drive.
: A smallish, generally black and tan, compact, well
proportioned working hunting dog.
: Proportion of chest circumference to height at the withers :
The circumference of the chest is 10 to 12 cm more than the
height at the withers.
Body length to height at the withers : The body is
insignificantly longer than the height at the
Depth of chest to height at the withers : Circa 55 - 60 % of
the height at the withers.
: Courageous and hard, takes pleasure in work, enduring, vital,
full of temperament, reliable, sociable and trainable, neither
shy nor aggressive.
: Elongated, slightly wedge-shaped,
not pointed, the muzzle slightly shorter than
the skull from occiput to stop.
: The skull is flat, broad between the
ears, narrower between the eyes.
: Slightly marked.
: In harmony with the muzzle, neither too narrow nor too small,
not cleft. Black,
but when the colour of the coat is dominantly brown, a brown
nose is also permitted.
: Strong, distinct under-jaw, strongly pronounced
: Well pronounced.
: Tight and well pigmented.
: Big teeth.
Strong jaws with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite,
whereby the row of upper incisors, without gap, perfectly locks
over the lower incisors, and with the teeth standing vertically
to the jaws. 42
teeth in accordance with the teeth formula.
: Dark, small, oval, well placed in such a way that injury is
hardly possible; the eyelids are tight. Resolute
: Set high, not explicitely small, V-shaped; slightly touching
: Strong, not too long, well put on and blending strongly into
: Well defined.
: Strong, straight, not too short.
: Well muscled.
: Well muscled and flat.
: Deep, ribs well sprung, not too
broad, long breastbone with ribs well reaching
: Elegantly curved backwards; short and firm flanks, belly
slightly drawn up.
: Well set to the long croup, docked for circa
rather carried slightly raised than steeply erected, but
should never incline over the back. (In countries where
tail docking is prohibited by law, it can be left in its
natural state. It should be carried
horizontally or slightly sabre-formed.)
: Seen from the front the forelegs are straight and parallel,
viewed from the side they are placed well under the
body. The distance
from the surface to the elbows is approximately equal to the
distance from the elbows to the withers.
: The shoulder-blade lies well oblique and backwards; it is
long and strongly muscled. There is good angulation
between shoulder-blade and upper arm.
: As long as possible, well and dry muscled.
: Close to body, neither turned inward nor
Good angulation between upper arm and
: Dry, straight and upright with strong bones.
: Slightly angulated to the ground, bones rather strong than
: Often broader than the hind feet, the toes lying close to
each other with sufficiently thick, hard, resistant and well
They are parallel, in stance as well as in movement neither
turned inward nor outward.
: Viewed from behind straight and parallel. Good angulation between upper
thigh and lower thigh and also at the hocks. Strong
: Long, broad and muscular.
: Strong with good angulation between upper- and lower
: Long, muscular and sinewy.
: Strong and placed low.
: Short and vertical.
: Oval to round, the toes lying close to each other, with
sufficiently thick, hard, resistant and well pigmented
pads. They are
parallel, in stance and in movement neither turned inward nor
: Ample ground covering, free, with good reach in the front and
powerful drive from the rear. In front- and hindquarters
parallel and straight; never stilted.
: Thick, tight, without folds.
: Plain, dense; hard rough hair or coarse smooth
: The colour is black, dark-brown or greyish-black, with fawn
(yellow-red) clearly defined markings at the eyebrows, muzzle,
chest, the legs and at the base of the tail. Light and dark mask is
equally permitted; small white markings on chest and toes are
Height at the withers : Dogs : 33 to 40 cm,
Bitches : 33
Weight (desired ideal weight for working) :
Dogs : 9
Bitches : 7,5 to
: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered
a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its
Missing of one or both M3 (Molars) is not to be considered a
Narrow skull, narrow and also pointed muzzle.
Falling away under-jaw, narrow jaws.
Weak bite, any slight irregularity in the placing of the
Light or spotted nose.
Light, too big or protruding eyes.
Erected, flying, too small, set too low or heavy
Soft or roached back, too short back.
Too narrow or too wide in front.
Steep hindquarters, overbuilt.
Elbows clearly turned in or out.
Too close or spread toes; cow-hocked, bow-legged or narrow
hocks, in stance as well as in movement.
Ambling, stilted or tripping gait.
Splayed feet, cat feet.
Tail inclining over the back, tail set too low or