Deutscher Wachtelhund FCI Standard
The German Spaniel is truly versatile hunting dog that is capable of scenting, tracking and retrieving various types of game. It also can work on different kind of terrain including land and swampy areas. In Germany it’s eligible to keep the dog only for hunters and gamekeepers so it can’t be sold to public. In the late 60s and early 70s of the XX century the breed was imported to the United States but it didn’t acquire much popularity there. Nowadays there are roughly 100 dogs in the USA and Canada.
The German Spaniel was approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1992. Four years later the United Kennel Club (UKC) granted its full recognition to the breed.
The dog seems to be universally friendly so it usually meets the strangers by wagging its tail and trying to give them a kiss. That’s why it can hardly be turned into a reasonable guard dog. The breed is rather vigilant and attentive so it will make an outstanding watchdog, which is capable to timely notify the master about the approach of the unwelcomed guest.
The German Spaniel prefers to work alone so it didn’t have much experience with other dogs in the past. Nevertheless with proper socialisation and training it will manifest insignificant level of aggressiveness towards other canines. The breed will happily co-exist with minimum one other dog but the more the merrier. The German Spaniel represents a significant danger for stray animals since its powerful hunting drive can take it over at any moment. As a rule the dog won’t harass home cat provided they have been introduced to each other in the early age. However there is still no guarantee to that.
• degenerative disk disease;
• ears problems;
• eye problems;
• gastric torsion.
The dog is prone to ear infection so the master should frequently inspect and clean them. After hunting the Spaniel’s eyes require a thorough cleaning in order to get rid of dirt or debris. The hair between the toes should be carefully trimmed and it’s exceedingly important during the winter season.
As it goes with every hunting dog the German Spaniel is an excellent problem solver and has tendency to rely heavily on its own decisions. Therefore it’s crucial that the trainer has strong and authoritative individuality to impose its rules and training regimen. The best motive for this breed is a kind word and tasty treats and it’s sensitive to abusive techniques meaning it usually becomes self-contained and intimidated when treated that way.
This dog is an infamous cat chaser so the leash is a must while walking with it. Despite its sociable and friendly nature the German Spaniel is more suitable for the rural surroundings and may suffer from the lack of physical outlet living in a big city.