Get to know the German Spaniel
All you need to know about the breed
Developed in the 1800’s, the Deutscher Wachtelhund has long been a popular hunting animal in their native Germany. Muscular and solidly built, these medium-sized gundogs are surprisingly strong and very nimble. While it is not often you find them as family pets, they are nonetheless very good-natured and gentle. The Deutscher Wachtelhund is also fine around children, once trained.
With their thick, wavy hair and large floppy ears, the Deutscher Wachtelhund is certainly the epitome of sprightly spaniel. Typically brown or red in colour, they can also have white markings on the chest, legs or elsewhere on the body. Last but not least, there’s that bushy tail, which is normally wagging nineteen to the dozen.
Still very rare outside Germany, the only other country you will really find the Deutscher Wachtelhund is in Sweden. There’s also a handful of them in Canada and the U.S. But if you’re lucky enough to come by one of these spirited spaniels, they’re sure to become an integral member of your pack.
2 facts about German Spaniels
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your German Spaniel
They generally have a long lifespan
Maybe thanks to all that outdoor exercise and country air, the Deutscher Wachtelhund generally has few health issues. Just look out for everyday things, such as ear infections, skin problems and allergies, and book in a check-up with the vet at least once a year. If you’re wondering how long the Deutscher Wachtelhund lives for, they enjoy a good lifespan, too, with an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Keep them close to you
With their innate tracking instincts, the Deutscher Wachtelhund likes nothing better than following a scent. Then there’s their fondness for water. For these reasons, you may wish to keep them on the lead when you’re out, just to be sure you don’t lose them. It’s worth checking that your garden is carefully secured, too, with a fence that is high enough to keep them safely contained, or the first hint of a scent and they’ll be off on the trail.
Caring for your German Spaniel
Grooming, training and exercise tips
With their thick double-coat, and penchant for muddy fields, the Deutscher Wachtelhund does require regular grooming to keep them looking their best. They will need at least one good weekly brush – especially as the Deutscher Wachtelhund sheds a bit too – and a bath on rolling-in-the-mud days. Teeth should be brushed daily, their strong, fast-growing nails trimmed as needed, and their long ears checked regularly for any wax, debris or sign of infection. Naturally outdoorsy animals, they are full of energy, and require a fitness schedule to match. As such, the Deutscher Wachtelhund needs between one and three hours of exercise every day – though this can be divided between walks in the park, games in the garden and even swimming, if there is a safe place for them to do so. They can also excel in canine sports such as agility and obedience. Highly intelligent dogs, Deutscher Wachtelhunds are generally easy to train and have few behaviour problems. Early socialisation, with other humans and animals, will help them grow into well-mannered adults.