The Deutscher Wachtelhund, is also known as the German Spaniel in the United States. In Germany they are not considered to be a spaniel breed. A German breeder named Frederick Roberth is credited with creating the breed during the late 1800s. One of the breeds used in the creation of this breed is the Stoeberer, which is now extinct. The Deutscher Wachtelhund is not usually kept as a companion dog. They are more popular as hunting dogs, especially with professional hunters. This breed was introduced to the United States in the 1960s and spread to the rest of North America. In Canada they are sometimes used to flush out American black bears. Although the Deutscher Wachtelhund is not currently officially recognized by the AKC, they are being recorded in the Foundation Stock Service. The purpose of this service is to keep track of record and breeder information for rare dogs.
The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a medium sized and muscular gundog. They stand at about 17 to 21 inches tall at the withers and they usually weigh between 44 and 66 pounds. Their strong build helps them to be able to retrieve large game such as foxes and hare. These dogs have a well proportioned head that is slightly flat on top, and they have a long muzzle that has a well defined stop. The nose is large and dark brown. The eyes are medium sized and oval shaped. They are set well apart and the color ranges from dark brown to hazel. The ears on the Deutscher Wachtelhund are high set. They are wide and flat, folded forward and resting against the side of the dog’s face. The tail on this breed naturally reaches the hock, but is usually partially docked and carried high. The Deutscher Wachtelhund has a thick coat that is long and either wavy or curly. The undercoat is thick and protects the dog from the weather. The hair is much shorter on the head. The Deutscher Wachtelhund’s coat may be solid brown, or brown with white ticking. The coat needs regular brushing to keep it in good condition. The hair between the toes and pads of the feet should be trimmed regularly as well. Eyes and ears should be checked regularly and kept clean.
The Deutscher Wachtelhund is mostly known as a versatile and hardworking and aggressive gundog. They are mostly used to retrieve game and to flush birds. They have a very strong sense of smell that is almost on par with that of a Bloodhound. As a companion these dogs are known to be very friendly and vibrant. They are intelligent and highly trainable, but they need an owner that understands how to effectively communicate. This means being a strong pack leader and establishing the rules of the household so that the dog knows what is expected of them. This breed will thrive on structure. Being a strong pack leader means being naturally authoritative and commanding the dog in a firm and consistent manner. Their obedience training should being while they are still young in order to achieve the best results. The Deutscher Wachtelhund should also be well socialized while they are puppies. This is a process that should include taking them out to expose them to new people, places, and situations in order to get them used to it. Doing this will ensure that when they are older they don’t feel upset by anything new later on. These dogs are not usually recommended for households with other pets because of their strong hunting instinct.
The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a breed that prefers to live indoors and be around their family. They are very loyal to their owners and will rarely stray from them. These dogs need plenty of exercise to keep them happy and healthy. They will need a long walk or run daily and will also enjoy going for a swim. When they are out for a walk these dogs need to be kept on a leash if the area is not safely enclosed. Otherwise they may take off after any potential prey that they find.
Deutscher Wachtelhunds are a generally healthy breed and there are very strict breeding requirements and regulations in place in Germany. This keeps the rates of hip dysplasia low and it rarely occurs in this breed. Individuals with other health problems such as skin conditions, allergies, and splayed feet or an abnormal gait should not be bred. A healthy Deutscher Wachtelhund will live about 12 to 14 years.
Overall the Deutscher Wachtelhund is a breed that is best suited to a serious hunter or the owner that can make sure they get out for a lot of exercise daily. They are highly trainable and friendly, but they are not suited to families with other pets because of their strong hunting instinct. The breed is healthy and relatively easy to groom.