Deutscher Wachtel, German Quail Dog, Spaniel
The Deutscher Wachtelhund is a is a spaniel, a gundog which is used for flushing prey. They search for game birds, which in turn panic when found and appear for the waiting hunter. Once the prey has been shot they will retrieve the birds on command. This breed can also be used to retrieve and track game.
Deutscher Wachtelhund Standards
- 44-66 lbs
- medium-sized spaniel
- long ears and tail
- coat is close fitting and feathered, may be wavy, curly or smooth
- brown roan
- may have white markings
History of the Deutscher Wachtelhund
The Deutscher Wachtel is a gundog that has existed in Germany for at least three centuries. Some believe that it is the closest living breed to the original land spaniel, although others would credit the English Springer Spaniel with this title. It was not until the 19th that German breeders began to fix its type. Some have suggested that during this time they may have added new spaniel blood to the line, such as the English Cocker Spaniel.