German Spaniel

Other names : Deutscher Wachtelhund, German Quail Dog

Photo: adult dog of German Spaniel breed
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Life expectancy

The German Spaniel has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 20 in
Male Between 19 and 21 in

Adult weight

Female Between 40 and 55 lb
Male Between 40 and 55 lb
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Purchase price

The German Spaniel costs between £900 and £1100

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More details about the German Spaniel

German Spaniel: Origins and history

A German breeder named Frederick Roberth has been credited for developing the German Spaniel. He developed it by crossing water dogs and sporting spaniels with an ancient German breed called the Stoeberer. The Stoeberer was thought to have as good of a nose as the Bloodhound, which explains the German Spaniels excellent tracking abilities. It was first registered by the  German Kennel Club in 1901. In the 1960s, a handful were exported to Northern America and Canada, where they still work alongside professional hunters and gamekeepers. 

FCI classification of the German Spaniel

  • Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

  • Section 2 : Flushing Dogs

Training a German Spaniel

Very easy to train, even for the novice dog handler. Responds really well to reward-based training methods based around positive praise. 

German Spaniel: Purchase price

The initial cost of a German Spaniel puppy is between £900 to £1,100. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £70 to £80 a month.

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