Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Germany Other Names German Spaniel, Wachtelhund, Deutscher Wachtelhund Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 5 Puppies Breed Group Gundog
Breed Appearance The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a strong boned,
muscular, medium sized gundog with long thick wavy hair. It is
solidly-built which allows it to retrieve heavy game such as hares
and foxes. The ears are fairly long and should reach from half way
to the nose, to the tip of the nose. Body length, from the nose to
the base of the tail is twice the length of the dogs height. The
coat is short and fine on the head, and of long on the body, where
it is strong, thick, wavy or curly, with enough undercoat to provide
protection. It has a well feathered coat which is usually either
brown or brown roan. Although brown, it can have white markings
chest and/or legs, and may have white ticking anywhere on its body.
Other colors that the coat can come in include red and white, and
solid red. Plain black coats do not occur in the breed.
Breed Description Head: Chiseled. Skull flat, not too
broad. Very slight stop. Curved nosebridge. Muzzle equal in length
to the skull. Thin lips. Large, brown nose. Ears: Set on high, flat, not curled, not too long or thick,
hanging just behind the eyes. Covered with long, often curly hair. Eyes: Medium-sized, almond-shaped, slanting, preferably dark
brown. Body: Long. Solid neck without dewlap. High, long withers.
Chest deep, well let-down. Short, broad, deep loin. Moderate
tuck-up. Very short, solid back Flat, long croup. Tail: Set on high, carried straight or hanging down, wagged
energetically in the presence of game. Docked by one-third its
length. Well-feathered. Hair: Long, tough, dense, wavy. Slightly curly (like Astrakhan
lamb's wool) or flat. Often curly on the neck, ears, and croup.
Short on the head. Backs of the legs well-feathered. Coat: Solid dark brown with white spots on the chest and toes
or with tan markings (red to yellow) above the eyes and on the
muzzle, legs, and around the anus. Whole-colored in shades of fox
red or fawn red. - Roan-brown: roan background (white and brown
hairs closely mixed), often with a brown head and brown blotches or
a brown mantle covering the entire body. Spotted brown and white
(with a white background), harlequin (white background with brown
spots and flecks and brown blotches), or tricolor (roan, spotted, or
harlequin with tan markings as in the solid-colored variety). Size: Dog: 48 to 54 cm (19-21.3 in). Bitch: 45 to 51 cm
History Known in German as the Wachtelhund, meaning
"quail dog" because of his favorite game, the German Spaniel was
developed around 1890 in Germany by the breeder F. Roberth. Several
breeds were used in creating this spaniel, particularly an old
German breed called the St�ber and various longhaired water dogs.
The German Spaniel is not well-known outside his native land.
Behavior Tough and courageous, the German Spaniel can
work on all kinds of terrain, mainly woods and swampland. This
active tracker and flusher uses his voice on the trail and hunts all
small game but also pests (fox) and large game. He is a good
retriever as well as a bloodhound able to track wounded game. He is
affectionate and makes a good pet. He needs firm training.
Health Providing the puppy is of good stock, the breed
is very hearty.
Advice He needs space and exercise, as well as daily
brushing and regular attention to the ears.