2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1, Page #29[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Jagdterrier Dogs Can Do It All
“I had always hunted bear, coon and cats,” recalls Jack Jones, KniteHunt Kennels. “I saw a brochure about German Jagdterriers tracking moose and going into a grove of alders after bear. When I retired, my wife bought one for me. I liked the dog so much that I bought her parents.”
Max Thiel, the St. Louis, Mo., area breeder where Jones bought his dogs, imported German Jagdterrier breeding lines from Europe in the 1950’s. Avid hunters developed the breed in Germany in the 1920’s and 1930’s. They were frustrated by fox terrier breeders breeding for show, not for hunting. They developed the German Jagdterrier by introducing a line of old-style, black with red, wire-haired fox terriers from England. The type was once known as the Old English Terrier.
Jones and his wife Sharon began breeding German Jagdterriers in 1993 and started the German Jagdterrier registry in 1995. Their goal was to establish and maintain a registry of animals that met breed standards. Like the original breeders, the registry is dedicated to hunting and working animals not bred for show. One requirement is color photos of the mature dog. These provide visual evidence of meeting the standards and are attached to the registration certificate.
“We have about 4,500 animals in our registry,” says Sharon, who adds that some breeders register their animals through national kennel clubs.
Jones likes the grit and hunting ability, but also the versatility of the breed. “If you wanted one breed that could support the family in hard times, the German Jagdterriers are it,” he says. “They’ll out-work hounds whether you’re chasing mountain lions or raccoons and are easier to feed.
“A dairy farmer who bought one of our dogs for hunting told us that he would take it along when he went to the pasture to get the cows before milking and to return them after milking,” recalls Sharon. “He said the dog would watch what he did. One morning he came out to get the cows and the dog had already brought them in. He trained himself.”
Buyers are advised to have jobs for the dogs to do. They excel at blood-tracking game. They are renown for working blood trails as old as 36 hrs.
The Jones sell their pups for $700 each at 8 to 10 weeks of age. A $200 deposit ensures getting a pup when available.
“We’ve sold pups all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Korea and England,” says Jones. “We have had people drive to our place from as far as California and New York to pick up puppies.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jack/Sharon Jones, 53 Squire Lane, Tunas, Mo. 65764 (ph 417 752-3601; email@example.com; www.missouribloodtrackers.homestead.com).
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