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Cocker spaniels enjoy a very long history and have always been exceptional hunting dogs. While this might not mesh with many people's idea of a Cocker spaniel, with their flowing long coat and soulful eyes, the truth is that they have been beloved for their hunting skills for centuries. In this article, we'll take a look at the Cocker spaniel's history as a hunting dog and whether it can still be found hunting today.
The Cocker spaniel with its very long coat and perfect posture is only a recent phenomenon when compared to its very long history. [...]
Despite their image as house pets with beautifully long coats, Cocker spaniels enjoy a long history as a capable hunting dog, and they still retain their hunting instincts. All spaniels are natural flushing dogs; their purpose is to find birds, flush them from marshes or bushes and retrieve them, all in an efficient manner. If you enjoy bird hunting, don't rule out Cocker Spaniels as a formidable hunting partner. If you have a Cocker spaniel and you want to get involved in hunting, hunt tests are not only an excellent way to train, but they are also a great way to meet other hunters and to test your Cocker against a field standard. [...]
As a sporting dog, the Weimaraner displays great energy and hunting instincts. It has been used as a hunting dog since its early days, and it is equally adept at hunting large and small games. With its excellent hunting abilities, the Weimaraner is the perfect companion to bring on a hunting trip. Its fearlessness and athleticism makes it one of the favourite hunting dogs in the world today.
Though a Weimaraner can excel in many different types of sports and activities, hunting is still its first love. The Weimaraner is known for its well-rounded hunting style, and it is considered one of the top hunting breeds according to the American Kennel Club. [...]
The Vizsla origins as a pointer and retriever begin with the ancient people called the Magyars. They were a people who constantly had to defend their existence through the use of animals. Horses were used in war while the Vizsla was used in the hunt for food. The Vizsla, whose name is Hungarian for Pointer, is a very smart pointer and retriever whose value and ability was recognized early on. [...]
Their incredible hunting ability and lean athletic build make the Vizsla perfect for more than just dog shows. Since its incarnation, the Vizsla has had a display of skills that were soon put to the test in point score competitions that both he and his owner could enjoy. Since the early 1970s when they were first introduced into Australia, their popularity has exploded. Thus, point score competitions are very prevalent there as well as the States, both places being outside of the native land of the Vizsla, which is Europe. [...]
The first training session for hunting starts as a puppy. This includes the basic commands for retrieve, recall, stay, sit, and up. These commands are necessary for a good hunting dog. The English Cocker Spaniel is a natural bird dog. Without the proper commands, the safety of the hunter and the dog could be compromised. The training should be done on a daily basis until the puppy is fully aware of what they are to do for every command. [...]
There are some advantages to having a female English Cocker Spaniel rather than a male, which include the fact that a female does not feel the need to leave a scent everywhere and a female is easier to housebreak than a male. If you do not have the male neutered right away, they will forget at times they are housebroken, whereas a female will always remember. If you do not use the female or male for breeding, you should have them altered for many reasons. The problem with scenting alone makes a female more favorable. The male that is neutered does lose the urge to "mark his spot" everywhere. [...]
As a puppy, the English Cocker Spaniel will go through hours of training to learn the basic commands and they will train for hunting. Puppies that are subjected to gunshots or other loud noises at a young age may become skittish around loud noises. When this happens, training the puppy for hunting is difficult. It may even become impossible to correct the gun shyness as the puppy grows older. Proper care of the puppy before and during training is essential. Following guidelines for training the puppy for hunting is vital to them not becoming scared and anxious around guns. [...]
Basset hounds can make wonderful companions. However, they are stubborn, strong-willed, and can be difficult at times. Some specific areas of life in which you need to establish some dominance, or at least a plan of attack, are when it comes to food, house training, and their masterful escapes. This article will try to explain and give helpful hints to give you a leg up on your short legged competition. [...]
A huge but people-loving breed, the Borzoi got their start as the official hunting dogs of the Tsarist Russian nobility and royalty. These dogs were bred over the course of many years in order to make the fastest, smartest dogs possible. The necessity of the dog's incredible speed, agility, and intelligence was tied to the dog's purpose as a hunter. He was trained to take down many types of game, but specifically wolves. [...]
The Borzoi is a Russian hunting dog that was bred by the Tsars and nobility of Russia to be the ultimate runner and chaser. He is descended from ancient sighthounds like the Russian smooth-faced bearhound, Russian sheepdogs, and Southern coursing hounds. All of these dogs had one thing in common: they were prominent figures in the Russian tsars' hunting parties. The result of all of this breeding was the Russian Wolfhound or Borzoi, who is one of the faster and most intelligent sighthounds today. But what does all of this have to do with cats? [...]
Figurines, metals, brass, paintings, prints, stamps, postcards: all of these media have at sometime or another carried the visage of the Borzoi. The Borzoi has been a popular art subject for quite a long time, especially during the art deco period, and he continues to be featured in movies and television shows today. [...]
The Clumber Spaniel is a fit, capable and willing participant for hunting expeditions. The dog was first recognized in the 1800's and the where breed for the benefit of the hunter. Many take one look at these dogs and do not believe that they are able to be such physical dogs considering their low and heavy frame. Yet, these dogs are agile and they enjoy the hunt. Those considering a companion for their next hunting trip should definitely consider adding these dogs to that trip. [...]
The Jack Russell Terrier was originally bred in Devonshire, England, in the 1800s for the purpose of hunting fox. They get their name from the Rev. Jack Russell who, besides his ministry, had a passion for the fox hunt.
The fox hunt is a deeply routed rural tradition of England. Many animal activists object to the hunt as they see it to be a cruel, barbaric sport elicited by the idle rich. The fox hunt is carried out by trained working dogs, which pursue a fox until the ultimate kill. The dogs are followed by humans either on foot but mostly on horseback. For the advocates of the fox hunt, it is more than a sport. It is a method for conservation and pest control. In North America, the pesky coyotes is the "tod" or target predator of the hunt. [...]
The Wire Fox Terrier is a very intelligent dog that has been taught to do many things, with the first one being obedience. This is not to say that they eagerly look forward to obedience training. Quite the opposite, in fact. They are very smart dogs, but they don't understand why they need to do something just because you say so. They are capable and have the intelligence to learn anything, so long as it's something they feel they want to learn and do. [...]