Deutscher Wachtelhund

Deutscher Wachtelhund


The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a rare purebred dog originating from Germany. Friendly, intelligent and versatile, this lovable puppy has some of the best qualities to be found in any breed of dog. Despite their unfortunate rare breed status, you can sometimes find these dogs in local shelters or rescues. So remember it is best to adopt. These puppies are adaptable and natural hunters, so living in a rural or country setting is best for them. They are also affectionate and friendly, making them suitable for any type of home or family. Although they make great family dogs, they can suffer from some separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. If you want an energetic and capable dog that will keep you on your toes and love you unconditionally, then the Deutscher Wachtelhund may be the right dog for you.


The coat of the Deutscher Wachtelhund can be solid brown or schimmel brown, i.e. red to dark with white markings. Deutscher Wachtelhunds are friendly to everyone, but will bark if they notice a stranger approaching the house. They are active dogs that need at least one good half-hour to hour-long walk a day, with some active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.If left alone for long periods of time, Deutscher Wachtelhunds may develop separation anxiety.Deutscher Wachtelhunds get along well with all members of the family, but may prefer older children and adults who know how to interact properly with pets. They may also chase animals smaller than themselves due to their high prey drive.


In the late 19th century, German hunters wanted to recreate the Stoeberer, a versatile hunting breed dating back to the early 18th century. German hunters found remnants of the Stoeberer breed in Bavaria and crossed them with other sporting Spaniels that had a natural talent for hunting. This gave rise to the Wachtelhund – pronounced Valk-tel-hund – or quail dog, which was officially recognised as a pure breed of its own in 1903. Today, Deutscher Wachtelhunds in Germany are owned almost exclusively by professional hunters and foresters. Although Deutscher Wachtelhunds are a rare breed, some have ended up in shelters and rescues. If you decide this is the breed for you, consider adopting it. Check local shelters and German or Spaniel shelters, as they sometimes take in mixed-breed dogs and find them forever homes.

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Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Height: 1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 10 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 45 to 55 pounds
Life Span: 9 to 15 years

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