Hardness Testing-HN

‘ VZPO says the following: 2. Toughness Certification {Härtenachweis}(/) (1) The legal destroying of predators…in the framework of game protection is first and foremost the obligation of the hunter with a gun. However, it is considered Ethical hunting, if the hunting dog has Seized and immediately Dispatched a Predator before it was possible to shoot the predator with a firearm. In addition to Field work-(Pointing, manners on game, use of nose et al), Water work-blind and marked retrieves, Retrieving reliability- testing of distance- a 300+ meter retrieves of duck and rabbit on land, Tracking work on wild rabbit and use of nose in the Natural ability test, Hip, Eye, Bite evaluations and conformation testing, EVERY Deutsch Drathaar bred everywhere in the world, and registered via VDD, must be Hardness Certified. This means it successfully engaged, closed on and dispatched a fanged vermin: usually an adult Raccoon, but can include a Badger, Fox, Coyote or a Feral Cat, in front of a judge in the field while Hunting.This is a MINIMUM Certification for breeding.  It is Pass/Fail. In addition to the above, there is also special elective certification for Hog Baying or Sau Jager, completely separate from Hardness testing (HN).  Photos of both are available below.  Hogs are comparable in size to those in USA Hog Bay contests, from 90-180# pounds, clubs vary in the choice of grounds and hogs, catching such as done by Pits, Dogos and Bulldogs is penalized, gritty baying such as our Catahoula types do,  is prized.


Catching Hogs is illegal in Germany with dogs….

As such, the testing has changed to baying.  Sau Jager Testing Below.

Sau Jager Testing




Cattle Dog





Testing Clubs In Germany (SJ) Tests may have slight variances


2 Drahthaars, a Munsterlander, and a Heide Terrier-Jagd crossbreed


Yugoslavian Hounds, a Gascon and Drahthaar far right

Drahthaar with dispatched badger

There are More extensive tests often done for Overnight 20/40hr blood tracking, Retrieving reliability and searching, that are usually performed by at least one breeding pair in a VDD litter. Boar Hunter test certification is SJ or Saujager/Saugatter.  Saujager testing is similar to US Hog bay contests, where extended contact/catching is discouraged. Hogs used are approximately 150-200lbs as seen above. Evaluations are done over 5 minutes in a 4-5 acre pen. Agility, Intelligence, and intense baying are judged, though this separate test category, and  has nothing to do with HN/ Hardness testing. Evaluating the dog and teaching the dog ‘manners’ through this exposure with boar,  is valuable in the woods.

DD and monster boar

HN Certification is not for gratuitous sick or cruel sport, or for boasting purposes or intentionally putting the dog in harms way, but for practical and ethical hunting purposes, as licensed hunters, for all of these vermin are game bird nest raiders and predators. Their removal is vital to sound eco-management. Why Hardness testing?  Take a look below…


A sniffer and a barker

Waiting for the calvary I guess.

Airedale stares at 3 legged trapped bobcat

A few other German breed start up clubs have similar but not identical rules regarding full dispatch, which is disappointing but will likely change with amended translations of rules.  HN test/ hardness certification also tells one of the temperment of the dog and his ability to overcome adversity, and translates into a better hunting breed when conditions require mental toughness. There are no other breeds that require such testing of their dogs, except for the Dogos bred in Argentina. LACK of Hardness is quite evident when we see Airedales even from hunting lines, that will Not close on fur, as seen in the photos below:

Better send a Jagd or bulldog to pull fur

3 legged bobcat. Airedale waits for Calvary & reinforcements

Airedales of StrongbowCoon

German Jagd Terrier fighting a badger.

Jagd Terrier vs Bobcat

Drahthaars are known for their vermin hardness in closing. Big boar coon

Dale Wont close on half dead coyote neck exposed..

Dorn airedale and a trapped fox, barker not closer.

Very much alive coyote with DD/GWPs finishing and dispatching as good hunting dogs should do.



Papas proud. Good team of Teckel & Drahthaar




Proper Hardness means common sense in baying dangerous game like bear, here learning manners.. An Especially hard Drahthhar used after the shot to track and close on Russian Wolves if necessary.

3 Catahoula Curs thought to be ‘gritty’ barking, not closing on a small to medium sized cornered coon. Send in the 18# German Jagd!

Bravest of 3 Catahoula Curs barks closer but will not pull fur and dispatch. This is NOT Hardness.

This is Hardness on Vermin. Close, Engage, and Dispatch. Drahthaar

Catching Hogs is ILLEGAL in Germany thanks to the Marxists the Third Reich fought against in WW2, and now ruling out of Belgium and London.Read and see more here:



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One Response to Hardness Testing-HN

  1. AK says:

    As to their gameness, “Stonehenge,” in his “Dogs of the British Isles,” gave them a very bad character indeed, so far as courage was concerned.

    “Airedale terriers are a Failure.
    The result of my experiences of them is that I find them to have good noses, they will beat a hedgerow, will find and kill rats and rabbits, and work well with ferrets. They are good water dogs and companions, possessing a fair amount of intelligence.
    This is the sum total of their excellence. They came to me with a great reputation for gameness, but out of fourteen that I have personally tried at badger and fighting with a bull terrier, I have Never found one game – at least, to my idea of the word.’

    ‘But any terrier that would do the above work better than another would be worth keeping. Were a dog like he of 45 1b. weight or more to be used at a badger he should kill the poor brute instead of merely “drawing” him.’

    This is strong speaking, but this gentleman’s experiences corroborate every word of what has gone before, and the woeful exhibition made by some Airedales when tried at a badger at Wolverhampton last January was literally the laugh of the show.

    So far, I am aware that my endeavours to supply information about the origin of the Airedale have not been attended with success, but upon the merits of the breed I can speak with more authority, having had the benefit of the experience of a gentleman who took it up some short time back from the glowing accounts he had heard of its gameness and bottom. The result was most Mortifying.

    He could make nothing of the dogs, and was heartily glad to get rid of them. Prom what he tells me concerning Airedales, I have no doubt that they potter about the banks of a river, and take water well, and that they will kill rats, which, as they scale from 401b. to 501b., is not much in their favour.

    I think that those individuals who at Wolverhampton show about 1883 made a semi-public exhibition of him against a badger, an animal the like of which the poor dog had never seen before, were extremely badly advised.

    As for fighting, any terrier fond of it is a nuisance to his owner and to the owner of any other dog.
    For the Airedale terrier was claimed superiority as a worker of the riverside after rats, and as an assistant to the gun in working hedgerows and thick coppices, which, it was said, he could do ‘better than a spaniel and take up less room than a retriever.’

    ‘I will even go further, and admit that specimens may be produced which will tackle a badger under protest; but not another step will I go in favour of the Airedales as a game, hard-bitten race.
    Summing up the merits and demerits of the breed, it must be said of the Airedale that his want of heart, his size, the diversity of types, and tendency to throw back in breeding, are great drawbacks, which his fondness for water, scarcely out-balances.’

    Therefore, when we find, as I believe we can, that a wire-haired Scotch, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, Irish, or small bull terrier possesses all the gameness of the Airedale (in addition to which they take up one quarter of the room, and can go to earth), the question only remains, ” Why keep an Airedale ?

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