The teckel originated in Germany, where terriers and hounds were crossed to produce a dog that hunted badgers, fox and rabbits by digging into their underground burrows, tracked wounded game like deer and hunted wild boar in packs.
In the UK the teckel comes in two sizes, miniature and standard, with three types of coat in a variety of colours. It has a long, low trunk with short legs, long muzzle, expressive eyes, flap-down ears and large front paws for digging. Lively and courageous, it is a little dog with a big personality that is affectionate and adventurous with a stubborn streak. It is loyal and protective of its owner but wary of strangers and other dogs, tending to bark when feeling threatened. It should be well-socialised and is suited to families with older children.
In the UK this dog can be adapted to many jobs in the shooting field, including deer stalking and vermin control.