Other names

Harzer, Siegerländer Fuchs, Westerwälderhund, Kuhhund

Life expectancy

13 years

Age adult

18 months

Height (Shoulder height)

55 cm


28 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / undercoat / stock hair

Coat color


Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Food expenses per month in €

about € 64

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


quick and eager to learn / robust / alert / likes hunting / intelligent / tenacious / protective / agile / likes to work

Bred for

herding dog

Common illnesses

no diseases known for this breed

Dog type according to FCI

not FCI approved

FCI description

Not FCI Approved

Short description

The Fuchs is an intelligent working dog. Guarding sheep or cattle is in his blood. He needs a good and thorough training and can dissipate their energy during agility or other dog sports. He demands physial as well as mental exercise and a soft but firm training. Before you decide to get a Fuchs you should keep in mind the breed's requirements throughout his whole life, which can be upt to 14 years long. If he lacks proper training and physical exercise he can adapt destructive behavior. In certain situations he tends to guard everything moving, including children of the family, this can be very problematic. This breed is almost extinct.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.