German Spaniel

Other names

German Spaniel

Life expectancy

13 years

Age adult

19 months

Height (Shoulder height)

49 cm


20 kg

Coat texture

long-haired / undercoat / wavy to curly / dense

Coat color

brown, red, single colored, spotted or grey

Common illnesses

elbow dysplasia / glycogen storage disease VII

Food expenses per month in €

about € 52

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


friendly / robust / likes hunting / lively

Bred for

raptor hunting / winged game

Common illnesses

elbow dysplasia / glycogen storage disease VII

Dog type according to FCI

retrievers - flushing dogs - water dogs

FCI description

Retrieval dogs are to find shot game and bring it to the hunter. They are mainly used for duck or small game hunting. This is where their love of water comes from. They have a "soft mouth" in order not to damage the delicate prey with their teeth. Since they always want to please their humans, are usually compatible, social and balanced, they are popular companion dogs. Nevertheless it must not be forgotten that they want to live out their needs as hunting dogs, i.e. they have to be intellectually and athletically challenged. Today they are also often trained as rescue dogs, and their fine nose and love for people help them to do so.

Flushing dogs look independently (without visual contact to the hunter) for the track in thicket and unclear terrain for tall game or small game. If the game is found, the hunt-dog is track-laut, scare it up and drives it through its gebell to the hunter. They are agile, independent, tend to bark and have a certain obstinacy. However, when they are engaged in a species-appropriate way, with a lot of exercise and nose work, they are patient and friendly dogs.

Water dogs work hunting in the water, fishing, catching fishing nets or helping shipwrecked people. They are alert, adaptable, agile and seek spiritual challenges.

You should give dogs in this group the opportunity to use their sense of smell and their urge to move and partly to hunt.

Short description

The German Spaniel is ideal for hunters and forest rangers who want the dog to be part of the family as well. He loves water and working. His long coat must be groomed regularly.

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.