German Hunting Terrier, yagdterier
the big debates among breed enthusiasts today seems
to be either coat type or color, today we are talking
color and possibly cover coat type in another article
but today we are talking color.
is the better color Jagdterrier, the breeds original
black and tan or chocolate?
the most kept and hunted with is with any doubts
the breeds original black and tan, the chocolate
color gene had crept into certain lines much later
in the breeds development and to be honest, nobody
knows when, where or which line it really came from.
the color of dog make him a better performance or
hunting dog? absolutely not, as the old saying goes,
a great race horse can't be a bad color and there
has been many great race horses of many different
colors, so does color really matter or effect a
dogs ability to hunt or make him a less intelligent
dog, absolutely not but you do have to look at the
breed in different countries and see that there
are very few chocolate dogs titled or making it
on game, in fact I don't know of any chocolate dogs
that are titled or ranked for their gameness or
intelligence, many of them do compete in the game
and working trials held in Europe, just never seem
to make it so you can't really blame the breed or
enthusiasts around the world for not wanting to
introduce the chocolate bloodlines into their own
breeding programs because there is no titled or
ranked chocolate dogs out there that has proven
themselves in the field and noted for it or in the
controlled FCI game testings or certifications,
they just don't make it.
chocolate dogs being titled today are the dogs that
are being used for the show ring, when it comes
to field and hunt competitions they just don't have
what it takes to get titled, personally don't know
anyone in hunt or field brave enough to introduce
or breed around dogs that are not up to par regardless
is a great breed, if you are looking for excellence
in your hunt terriers, use only the best tested
game terriers you can find, if you are looking for
excellence in your show dogs, use only the best
you can find.
I personally ever use a chocolate Jagdterrier in
my own breeding program? I own a hunting kennels
and would use any dog regardless of color, but it
must be a proven, ranked or titled dog that has
something more to offer me than just color.
Jagdterriers are an intresting color and great for
the show ring but when it comes to hunting and field
trials they really need to step up their game.
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