The Heideterrier came into being around 1970. Hans Werner Jahnke, Karl Heinz Markhoff and Adolf Mennerich are credited as being the “fathers” of this breed of dog.

They were looking for a hunting dog that would be bigger than a German Hunt Terrier or a Fox Terrier, which could perform well in difficult terrain and under difficult conditions, for example in reed marshes or deep snow. They wanted a dog that would not run into every hole in the hunt for wild boars. This terrier should be quiet in demeanor and not neurotic like other hunting terriers. He should have enough edge to bring down a sick sow without compromise. The dog should be sight-oriented, and loyal to is leader. This is why the three decided to cross-breed the hunting-appropriate Airedale Terrier and the scent-oriented German Hunt Terrier. Through later crossing with Bull Terriers, a stronger and harder dog emerged. The Irish Terrier, still spirited and steel-nerved at that time, was also brought in. The HEIDETERRIER was born.

The first Heideterriers were conceived only as dogs for hunting wild boars, but showed other hunting-related assets and abilities as well. Some hunters even use them additionally as retrievers or bloodhounds. One finds the Heideterrier, due to its very good nose, in police work as sniffer dogs for narcotics and explosives, or as search and rescue dogs. Even trackers have recognized its good nose, and use the breed for search and rescue. Heideterriers are not recognized by the FCI, VDH oder JGHV. This is why the Heideterrier has no established, official standard. This was also not the intent of the Heideterrier’s “fathers”. In practice, only winning, healthy Heideterriers were mated. Dogs which didn’t function well as hunting dogs simply were not bred. In order to keep inbreeding down and bring in new blood, it was frequently crossed with German Hunt Terriers, Bull Terriers or Irish Terriers.

Unfortunately there are now very many dubious breeders, who breed Heideterriers indiscriminately, without knowing anything about their pedigree or performance. This harms the breed, because many are simply taking commercial advantage of the Heideterrier’s good reputation. Some are secretive about breeding, crossing them with other breeds haphazardly, or lying to buyers as to their pedigree. This is not good for the Heideterrier.

The Heideterrier is a sight-oriented, and sometimes scent-oriented dog with excellent quarrying abilities. It hunts sharply, with intelligence and loyalty to its leader. It has strong nerves, is balanced, and behaves very socially as a pack hound or in a family with children. It has a very strong desire to please.
It is medium-sized, between 45 and 55 cm, and athletic like all terriers with a muscular body, straight legs, a strong scissors bite, and semi-cropped ears. It can be wirehaired, short-haired or flat-coated. There are Heideterriers for example which are black-red, with pronounced markings, brindled, or red. They weigh between 15 and 25 kilograms.

In Summary: The Heideterrier is a hunting dog with heart and mind, and therefore a solid and reliable hunting companion and an absolute wild boar specialist!

Article was taken from – https://en.heideterrier.eu

9 thoughts on “Heideterrier”

  1. The Heideterrier is on my list alongside the Patterdale as potential next dog. Since I am in the UK the acquisition may not even feasible.

    Cheers, John Q.

  2. Am si eu o femela heideterrier de 1 an ….sant super multumit de performantele ei dar an Romania anca nu am gasit un mascul pentru monta. Daca stiti vreun mascul prin zona apropiata anuntatima si pe mine .Multumesc mult !!!

  3. This has become the top breed i have owned and raised. I have several and they are everything i could ask for in a genuine hogdog here in the southern U.S. After nearly a decade of keeping them in my pack i will always have them. As well as all my Jagds and Patterdales. Having a big dog yard and a large amount of working dogs this breed really shines..

    1. Do you know of a breeder close to Texas? We recently lost our 13 yr old Airedale and I’m looking for another terrier. We live on a ranch in central Texas.
      Vicky McWilliams

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top