German Spaniel


Maple Heights, United States

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The German Spaniel, also known as the Deutscher Wachtelhund, is a breed of dog that was developed in Germany, and is used as a gundog.

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a strong boned, muscular, medium sized gundog with long thick wavy hair. It is solidly-built which allows it to retrieve heavy game such as hares and foxes. The ears are fairly long and should reach from half way to the nose, to the tip of the nose. The size is approximately 18 to 22 inches. Body length, nose to base of tail is twice the height. It is slightly larger than the Springer Spaniel. The coat is short and fine on the head, and of long on the body, where it is strong, thick, wavy or curly, with enough undercoat to provide protection. It is well feathered.

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is an exceptional versatile gundog. They are used to hunt upland game, will match the retrieving ability of any other breed, excel at tracking and blood trailing large game. All round bird dogs and will hunt all other types of game. Vibrant friendly personality, intelligent, aggressive hunters, and love water work.

This is a dog that needs to be activated with a firm but gentle hand as it may overpass or underride orders given by an “unworthy” master. A German saying runs along the lines of “a wachtelhund will abuse any weakness you provide”. Given the right owner a wachtelhund will give you anything you could ever desire in a hunting or family dog, especially in a small hunting area as they are bred to chase in fairly small areas. This breed has gained numbers in Sweden along with the increase of the wild boar population in the south of the country as well as crossbreeds with native spitzhounds to produce tough and brave dogs that will both give chase and “put” or “stand” the boar giving the hunter the chance to sneak in to kill the prey. They will also give deathbark or take down wounded game if trained to.

Males: 18? to 21¼ inches (46–54 cm.)
Females : 17¾ to 20½ inches (44–52 cm.)
Weight: 44 to 66 pounds (20–28 kg.)
(info from Wikipedia)

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