The Jagdterrier is a Hunting and Sporting Dog


Jagd means "to hunt" in German and terriers are feisty!

Being a capable hunting partner and an affectionate companion, the Jagdterrier is a perfect choice not only for hunters but active dog parents who are looking for a devoted family friend, too.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC),

"He is particularly suited to hunting under the ground and as a flushing dog and is relatively small, compact, and well-proportioned."

Jagdterrier is pronounced "Yack Terrier." Are you hoping to live with an active terrier? If yes, this breed will be a perfect fit yet living with this breed isn't very common in the U.S.



According to PetGuide, early Jagdterriers were developed by crossing the Old English Fox Terrier with Black and Tan Hunting Terriers in Germany. The breed is the result of many years of selective and intensive breeding and, in Germany, it is used almost exclusively for hunting, though it is sometimes kept as a pet in the United States.

The breeders continued to value most carefully their breed for its usefulness as a hunting dog, its steadiness of character, its courage and drive.

General breed appearance

UKC Dogs tells us that this breed is a clever hunter, unrelenting, tough, and robust. The Jagdterrier is unafraid of the most formidable wild game and very intent in the pursuit of such game. 

  • The head is elongated and wedge-shaped, with a slight stop.
  • The strong, rather arched neck is not excessively long. It broadens at the point of insertion into the shoulders.
  • Their chest is deep but not too broad. Ribs are well sprung and carried well back. Back is strong and level, not too short. 

The main body color may be black, black and gray, or dark brown, with brown, red, yellow or lighter-colored markings found on the eyebrows, chest, legs and anus. Both light and dark-colored masks are acceptable.


The ideal working weight should not be under 16 pounds, nor over 22 pounds. 

Exercise and care

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There are many options for exercise that could include playtime in the backyard, preferably fenced, or being taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or learning new tricks! 

What about temperament?

This is more of a dog that needs to be outside during the day with a job! They need a lot of exercise during the day. We mention a few options above but to live successfully with this dog he needs a lot of playtime!

This is a courageous and fearless breed that is known for its hunting skills. Because the Jagdterrier is so tenacious, this breed sometimes doesn't get along with other dogs and they are notorious for having a high prey drive. No chickens! 


There are many dog breeds in the terrier group to consider! The Welsh terrier, English wirehaired terrier, and fox terrier are all great options for family pets. The Jagdterrier breed may not be a great fit unless a high-energy level or working terrier is what you're hoping for but this purebred can be a good family dog.

The Jagdterrier puppy pics on Insta are adorable! Yet this small dog is bred for a specific owner. Once those hunting instincts for the German Jagdterrier kick in, watch out! The good news is the trainability of this breed as it can learn a lot of tricks. These little dogs also live a long time! Their life expectancy of this German hunt terrier is 10-12 years.

Wonderful resources are the United Kennel Club or American Kennel Club. If you're interested in learning about other terrier breeds, reach out to the Fox Terrier Club.

Do you know anyone that lives with this active breed? Let us know what characteristics you love about this breed!


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