The Deutsch Drahthaar was created in Germany in the late 19th century by a small group of dedicated breeders who set out to develop a versatile hunting dog that would satisfy all aspects of German hunting in field, forest, and water. This group of breeders succeeded in creating a versatile hunting dog that took its traits from the best dogs of the existing coarse hair breeds, cross bred with the shorthair blood. These ancestors included the Stichelhaar, Pudelpointer, Griffon, and the Deutsch Kurzhaar.
The Deutsch-Drahthaar is a mid-sized, substantial dog. The height at shoulder varies from around 61 to 68 cm for males, and 57 to 64 cm for females. The coat is generally wiry, and tightly fit with a thick under coat. This coat was developed to provide protection for moisture, cold and heat, as well as thorns, brush and insects . The eyebrows beard give the DD his characteristic appearance. The breed has a variety of colorations. They are: brown and white ( brishimel) which is most common. also black and white ticked( Swarschshimel) you may also find and solid brown (Braun )with or without a white chest patch.
Today’s DD is the most popular hunting dog in Europe, and is rapidly gaining popularity elsewhere, and that is not without reason. The Deutsch-Drahthaar is a passionate, hard-working dog. They are noted for their endurance and willingness to obey, as well as the ability to concentrate on the work at hand. After persistently and effectively searching the field with its keen and sensitive nose, the DD shows the hunter the game by pointing your query. Shot birds are hunted down and retrieved on land or on water to the handler In particular, DD’s exhibit the characteristic of a retriever of lost game the Drahthaar is most excellent after the shot. They do this by their capacity to track and pursue (and even dispatch) wounded game with tenacity in some of the most difficult conditions on land and on water. This saves the game from unnecessary suffering. Their endurance, swimming ability and heavy coat also make them well suited to waterfowl hunting in the most adverse conditions.
While the Deutsch-Drahthaar is a superb hunting companion, they are also well suited as a family dog. DD’s are normally gentle and friendly with children and other dogs, and are known to become protective of their “family” and home. Their intelligence and calm manner help them in adjusting to various living conditions. VDD Breeding Regulations specify that DD’s who show unwarranted aggressiveness toward people or other dogs are to be removed from the breeding program, so these traits do not get passed on. From my experience I believe the drahthaar works best with structure and a proper introduction to all situations. As with all genuine hunting/working dogs, the DD needs legitimate specialty training and consistent guidance. Only when given sufficient training and activity does he seem content.
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