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The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a rare breed. There are fewer than 150 of these hunting dogs total in the United States and Canada. While there are more in Germany, where this breed got its start, the Deutscher Wachtelhund is still fairly unknown to those outside of the hunting community.

Even while being such a rare breed, these dogs have a rich history and a lot to offer their lucky owners. Not only are they great gundogs, who are particularly gifted at hunting waterfowl, but they make loving family pets.

The Appearance and Characteristics of the Deutscher Wachtelhund

The Deutscher Wachtelhund has actually gone by many other names, including German Spaniel and German Quail Dog.

What are the German Quail Dog's coat colorings? The German Spaniel either has a solid brown coat or a brown with white streaks, a coloring known as brown schimmel. The dogs with the solid brown coat ranges in tone from orange to red to dark brown. The spaniels with the brown schimmel coat can either have a rich dark brown coat, a red coat, or something in between, with the white streaks ticking their coat. Their coats feel rough and are unusually thick. The fur may grow curly or wavy. This thick fur protects them when they're hunting in areas with thick vegetation.

How are they built? They are medium sized dogs with a muscular build. The males are typically 19 to 21 inches in height, while the females are 18 to 20 inches. Both sexes weigh between 40 and 55 pounds.

How do these dogs do as family pets? The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a happy and friendly dog. This makes them a fun and easy dog to hunt with, but it also makes them a great family pet. They can be a little rambunctious with small children, but they are easy to train, so this can be overcome. Because they are curious hunting dogs with a strong nose and a desire to follow scents, they will need a good fence around their yards. Again, as a hunting dog, there is concern about leaving them alone with smaller pets, so they will need to be watched in these situations.

The breed doesnt have any major health concerns, though they will occasionally have skin allergies and need skin scraping tests or allergy tests done.

How are the Deutscher Wachtelhund as hunting dogs? The German Quail Dogs are known as great bird dogs. They are known for flushing birds out of the undergrowth and are excellent with waterfowl. The Deutscher Wachtelhunds are known as both great flushers and retrievers. They have strong noses and have a desire to please their owners.

The History of the Deutscher Wachtelhund

The history of the German Spaniel dates back to the 1880s, but was inspired by a popular hunting dog in Germany dating much further back. The Stober was known as a popular and versatile hunting dog. The Stober was used by the wealthy as a pointer and flusher hunting dog that had a gifted nose. Their reputation was for being able to follow a scene like a bloodhound.

The Germans of the 1880s decided to breed some Stobers found in Bavaria with other popular spaniels known for their hunting skills. This led to the Deutscher Wachtelhund, which was officially recognized as a breed in 1903.

In 1908, performance measurement tests were established for the breed and a standard was set in Germany. Eleven dogs were chosen as the representatives of what the breed could and should be, and today, all the registered dogs of this breed in Germany can be traced back to these original eleven animals.

This breed wasn't brought to the United States until the 1950s. At the time, there were only a few dogs. They were bred, which amounted to a total of 17 German spaniels in the states. In the early 1990s, a pair of Wachtelhunds were brought to the states and bred four times, resulting in 38 pups. Since that time, with more dogs being brought over from Germany and Canada, their population has grown to about 150 dogs between the United States and Canada.

These gundogs are still most well known in Germany among hunters. In Germany, there are tighter restrictions on the rules for breeding these dogs and who may own them than what happens in North America.


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