Deutscher Wachtelhund

40-55 lbs
German Spaniel

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a medium sized, muscular dog used as a gundog. He is not a well-known dog and in his homeland of Germany, only hunters and gamekeepers own the Deutscher Wachtelhund. He is a happy, friendly dog who when not hunting makes a wonderful companion. He loves children but may be a little overzealous with toddlers. Training is relatively easy since he aims to please. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train him. He can be a persistence scent follower and will require a strong fenced yard to keep him contained. He will need to be watched around smaller pets and should not be left alone with them.

purpose Purpose
retriever, gun dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
spaniel, stober dog

Deutscher Wachtelhund Health

Average Size
Male Deutscher Wachtelhund size stats
Height: 19-21 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Female Deutscher Wachtelhund size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Deutscher Wachtelhund Breed History

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a versatile gundog used mainly to flush game from the underbrush. He was also bred to go in for the kill, making him ideal as a bird dog. He originated in Germany and his ancestry can be traced back to the Stober Dog. The Stober Dog was developed before the German Revolution in the 1600s. Royalty and aristocrats developed the Stober Dog as a pointer and flusher. After the German Revolution, commoners needed hunting dogs but could not afford to maintain a kennel stocked with various breeds of hunting dogs. The need for a versatile hunting dog arose and the Deutscher Wachtelhund was created as a versatile forest dog.  The German Kennel Club began directing dog clubs to establish breed standards and performance tests in 1900. Breed specific pedigrees were to also be established and maintained to trace ancestry. In 1903 the Verein fur Deutscher Wachtelhund (VWD) was established. Performance hunt measurement tests were established for the Deutscher Wachtelhund by 1908. The official breed standard was adopted and implemented by the VWD in 1910. Eleven Deutscher Wachtelhund were selected for registration and to be the breed representatives. There were four males and seven females chosen from across Germany. Now, all registered Deutscher Wachtelhund are traced back to these eleven dogs. Today, the Deutscher Wachtelhunds that are in Germany are still almost exclusively owned by professional hunters and foresters. He is still virtually unknown to most people who are not avid hunters. Buyers in Germany must have their Deutscher Wachtelhund entered into a juvenile hunt test prior to 18 months of age. He must then be entered into three other levels of hunt tests before he is given the German versatile hunt test. He must pass each test with a minimum score of five before he can be put in the German Wachtelhund Association’s breeding book. Only those dogs entered in the breeding book may be bred.

Deutscher Wachtelhund Breed Appearance

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is found in two main colors: brown schimmel or solid brown. Brown schimmel is brown ticked with white. Dogs that are brown schimmel can produce different color variations ranging from red to dark brown with white ticking. Solid brown Deutscher Wachtelhunds can produce colorations ranging from blond, orange or red to dark brown. In Germany, dogs that are not brown schimmel or solid brown cannot be bred. In the United States, all colors are accepted. His coat is medium length on his body. It is thick and somewhat harsh to the touch. His coat can be wavy or curly. He should also have thick feathering on his legs and tails, but not so excessive that he cannot perform his job. He does have an undercoat that is slightly softer than his topcoat. His coat should never be silky or too soft. The coat is his protection when he is hunting in the underbrush.

Deutscher Wachtelhund Breed Maintenance

The Deutscher Wachtelhund does require frequent grooming to keep his coat in good condition. He should be groomed at least once a week using a pin brush and a metal comb. Any tangles and mats should be worked through using the metal comb. A detangler spray can also be used to help work through any tangles or mats. The hair between his toes should be trimmed often to keep dirt and debris from getting trapped and causing him irritation. He is a moderate shedder and will shed seasonally. During times of heavier shedding, he should be groomed two to three times a week. Since he has ears that hang, his ears should be checked once a week and cleaned as needed. Dirt and moisture can easily become trapped, causing infection. His nails will need to be trimmed as needed, usually every two to three weeks. A routine dental plan needs to be put in place to ensure he has healthy teeth and gums.

Deutscher Wachtelhund Temperament

The Deutscher Wachtelhund is an outstandingly versatile gundog. He is still almost exclusively owned by avid hunters, although he is now beginning to gain popularity as a companion dog. He has a vibrant and friendly personality. The Deutscher Wachtelhund greets everyone and should never be fearful or timid. He is considered to be an aggressive hunter and has scenting abilities similar to those of a Bloodhound. He does need a firm owner who will properly train him. His training will need to be continual to ensure he understands his role within the family. He does well with children but may be a little too much for toddlers and young children. Small pets should be kept in sturdy cages to keep them safe from the Deutscher Wachtelhund. This includes birds and furry pets. He may not respect cats unless he is raised with them from puppyhood. He does require a sturdy fence to keep him contained to your yard so he does not go tracking prey through the neighborhood.

Deutscher Wachtelhund Owner Experiences

10 Years
1 People
House & Yard
There is no better or versatile dog for the avid hunter, except you only hunt birds and hare (then you better get German Wirehair or other German pointer). From grizzly, moose to cougar and the occasional squirrel :-), he is determent to hunt them all, all day. Saying that, do not get one if you cannot work him on a daily basis. He needs to work 50 to 100 km (62 mls) a day!!! You will not be happy with that breed if you cannot give him that. That, and only that is the reason why you can't get one in Germany unless you can prove you have the property and hunting area to work him!!! Now, I use him to protect my livestock in the middle of nowhere in northern Canada since he will follow any warm big game trail (including all the big predators grizzly, black bear, cougar, wolf) while barking and is smart enough to never get eaten by any of them (for the last 10 years at least :-)). He fiercely fights up to three coyotes at a time and always comes out on top. Best breed ever but definitely not a family dog if under worked, what he will be, if he ends up in some north american suburb. Cheers Axel
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