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Deutscher Wachtelhund

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Deutscher Wachtelhund

Full-blooded hunter

Original name: Deutscher Wachtelhund

Other Names: German, Spaniel

Type: Braccoid

Male size: 19-21¼ inches

Male weight: 39½-55 lbs

Female size: 17¾-20½ inches

Female weight: 39½-55 lbs

Degree of grooming


Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs


Countries of origin Germany

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Deutscher Wachtelhunds continue to this day to be bred by and for hunters as a flushing dog and versatile hunting dog.

Deutscher Wachtelhunds are lively and very enthusiastic hunters. Friendly and self-assured in their natural environment, biddable and highly adaptable, they are never timid or aggressive, keeping close to the trail over long distances, especially when trained and handled appropriately. Due to their versatility, they can be employed to track wounded or lost game, retrieve and flush in brushwood, heavy woodland and water.


Deutscher Wachtelhund In a few words :

  • Head

    Flat, moderately broad skull with no visible occiput, moderately developed stop.


  • Body

    Strong, well defined withers, shot, firm back without any dip behind the withers, highly muscular loins that appear broad, slightly sloping croup.


  • Coat

    Solid brown, more rarely red; brown roan, more rarely red roan.


  • Ears

    Set high and broad, flat without a twist, hanging directly behind the eye, never thick, fleshy or flabby.


  • Tail

    Carried level with the topline or downwards at rest; slightly raised and vigorously wagged when the dog is alert or excited.


  • Hair

    Strong, close, most often wavy, also sometimes curled (astrakhan) or long, flat with thick undercoat.



Hunting histories describe dogs very similar to Deutscher Wachtelhunds used centuries ago to flush game. The word “Wachtelhund” has a long history as well, but controlled breeding began at the beginning of the 20th century. Deutscher Wachtelhunds are medium-sized, longhaired flushing dogs with very well developed muscles, solid bones and a noble head. Generally longer than they are high, they must not appear long-legged.