The Origin of the German Jagdterrier
Yet in Munich, as in other cities, there were many friends of the Fox Terrier who only were only fascinated by
the beauty of the dog and only bred this beautiful-looking dog. For these breeders, the first prize in a dog show
was their goal. As hunters, we could not take these people seriously and we smiled about their ambitions. Yet the
basis for the breeding of the pure hunting dog became ever so narrow and it was necessary to take a champion dog
for breeding once in a while that had no hunting qualities whatsoever--as most of the British imports did not. The
results were disastrous. Keenness, nose and hunting insticts weakened drastically. At our meetings we wondered what we could do.
The First World War began and I took part in it from the first to the last day. During this time I had a female
Wachteldog (Spaniel) and a very good straight-haired Fox Terrier from an Austrian Kennel for my companions.
The Fox Terrier was a very keen dog that fought in the Balkan mountains several times with the wild sheep dogs.
Upon my return to Munich, I met my old friends again and we pick up our interest in the Fox Terrier. In one of
our conversations with Zangenberg, I learned that after breeding with an import English male dog, and almost black female Fox Terrier bore a litter of four black puppies with red marks at the known places, two females and two males. Since these puppies could be entered into the Fox Terrier stud book only with the remark "not in conformity
with our standards," the owner offered them for sale at a very low price.
I advised Mr. Zangenberg to buy this litter immediately. W. Zangenberg bought the four black and red wire-haired Terriers and named them Werwolf, Raughgraf, Morla and Nigra von Zangenberg. We had the pedigree for these dogs in our hands.
Now, every cynologist will skeptically ask how it was possible that two pure bred Fox Terriers could produce a black with red wire-haired Fox Terrier litter? Those who are knowledgeable in international cynology know, though, that more than 100 years ago a smaller breed of black and red wire-haired Terriers existed in England. This breed was called "Old English terrier" and is described in literature and paintings. .... (cont.)
Carl Erich Gruenewald Part 2