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If you love the thrill of hunting, the German Wirehaired Pointer is the perfect dog for you. Originally bred due to the increased need for a versatile hunting dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer still retains that versatility today, serving well on land and in water. The Pointer has been very well-received by hunters of all types due its full-service capabilities to hunt various game in a wide variety of terrains. Whether you hunt for sport or for work, the German Wirehaired Pointer is the most skilled companion a hunter will ever need. [...]
The German Wirehaired Pointer is somewhat an all-purpose dog. It is a great hunting companion, loving family pet, and competent watch dog. But did you know that its keen hunting instincts also make it a great search and rescue dog? This dog's ability to search and locate game makes it predisposed to the similar training of search and rescue. With proper training, the German Wirehaired Pointer will be a fantastic search and rescue dog. [...]
It is quite uncommon for those who want to own dogs as pets to consider grace as one of the main requirements for a dog. This is especially true if you are looking for a hunting dog such as a hound. For those who know about dogs, particularly the hound line, the Ibizan Hound is considered one of the few dogs that possesses the power of a hunter as well as the grace of a dancer. This hound breed has existed for thousands of years and its characteristics have never failed to impress dog lovers. [...]
The Saluki has been around for over 5,000 years with a lot of their original origin unknown and uncertain. The one thing about this dog that is certain is they were used for their great hunting ability back then and are still used for their great hunting ability now. The tribes that existed in the Middle East bred the Saluki for its stamina, intelligence, speed, courage, and endurance and were used to hunt hare and gazelle.
Their training began at an early age with the rat being their first prey, before working up to the gazelle. The dog was fearless, which contributed greatly to its success. The Saluki was the preferred dog of kings for hunting. They were also so treasured they were given away in the form of a gift or in exchange for wives or horses or camels. [...]
Ducks by nature are very curious birds, which often ends up with the ducks swimming into danger because of this. Luring ducks closer, or duck tolling, is something a pair of foxes in the wild often does to take advantage of the ducks' curiosity. This method of hunting used by foxes has been studied over the centuries by hunters and naturalists. A red fox would ignore the ducks while it rambled, cavorted, and leapt on shore near the water's edge, getting the attention of ducks swimming a safe distance away from shore. Out of curiosity, the raft of ducks would gradually move closer to shore to take a better look until the birds were dangerously close to the fox. A second fox hides on shore in the tall grasses then rushes out and grabs a duck before the birds know what is happening. [...]
Gun dogs, also known as bird dogs, are dog breeds developed to help duck and bird hunters locate and retrieve game. There are three primary classes of gundogs based upon their work method, divided into pointing breeds, flushing spaniels, and retrievers. Within these classes are several types of bird dogs or gun dogs, which include setters, water dogs, and flushing spaniels. [...]
While scent hounds use their nose to find their quarry, sight hounds use their eyes and their tremendous speed. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed that seems to exhibit both tendencies. When first officially recognized, the Ridgeback was grouped in with gundogs. However, after twenty years and much discussion they were reassigned to the hound category. The debate as to whether they were sight hounds or scent hounds began almost immediately. Not only does the discussion span the boundaries of the globe, how one classifies the Rhodesian Ridgeback seems to be based breed characteristics, cultural differences, and the humble opinion of thousands of Ridgeback enthusiasts. [...]
Redbone Coonhounds were bred by hunters that wished to create a superior coonhound that at the same time looked good. Many of its characteristics as a hunter have allowed the Redbone to become an extremely enjoyable family pet, though its hunting urge is still very much present. Indeed, these dogs take to the hunt with an almost unequalled fervor, often exchanging the neighbor's cat for a raccoon that needs to be chased up a tree.
The dogs can be well-adjusted in an apartment setting, as long as they are given plenty of exercise; this is fortunate, as many people who own dogs today are not farmers and do not have large estates on which the dog can roam. People in the southern US that do have farms, or at least access to large areas of land where hunting is permitted, are delighted to take their Redbones on the hunt and report that the experience is extremely rewarding. [...]
The Redbone was one of the first breed of hounds to be bred entirely in America. This breed is currently in the Miscellaneous Class of the American Kennel Club, but is officially recognized in the United Kennel Club, UKC, and considered part of the Scenthound group; indeed, it was one of the first breed of hounds registered with the UKC. The American Kennel Club is not the proper kennel club to turn to when showing and registering hunting dogs and hounds, as it does not put as much emphasis on hounds and hunting breeds and so does not register as many hunting breeds as the UKC. Indeed, while the UKC has a number of coonhounds registered, the AKC has only one: the Black and Tan Coonhound. Furthermore, it is the United Kennel Club that organizes and hosts the majority of American hound trials. [...]
One of the oldest and rarest of all hunting dogs is the Irish Water Spaniel. Although the depiction of its origins remains sketchy, its reputation as a great hunting companion cannot be denied. The Irish Water Spaniel is rather famous for its daring ability to plunge into the coldest waters just to retrieve a fallen game. It is still being used on upland game hunting and duck hunting, often helping bring over prey like grouse, pheasants, quails, and other wild fowls. This breed of dog is now gradually becoming a favorite among retriever enthusiasts, especially in the hunting or field sport category. [...]
Simply put, the Red and White Setter is made to work. Even today, the Red and White Setter is most sought after for companionship and for hunting. Now that you've adopted your Red and White Setter, you're probably wondering how you can turn him into the skilled gundog he's been purported to be. Training your Red and White Setter to work as a gundog can be simple with consistent training from a firm hand. However, training the Red and White Setter will take a bit longer than your average gundog. If properly trained, their skills may equal or surpass that of their rivals.
Although Red and White Setters may take longer to train, they are intelligent and eager to learn so training should be relatively simple. Plenty of rewards from treats to hugs and your Red and White Setter will learn pretty much any task set before him. But training the Red and White Setter to be a working dog isn't all ice cream and dog biscuits as this breed can be very stubborn and cunning during the training process. [...]
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the gentlest giants in the dog breed world. Technically, it's‚ not really a giant breed of dog, but it is one of the largest, standing at 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing between 55 to 65 pounds. Originally bred to be a hunting dog, the Irish Water Spaniel is now making a name for itself as a hunting/field trial dog, and also a wonderful house pet or companion. [...]
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the gentlest giants in the dog breed world. Technically, itâ€™s not really a giant breed of dog, but it is one of the largest, standing at 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing between 55 to 65 pounds. Originally bred to be a hunting dog, the Irish Water Spaniel is now making a name for itself as a hunting/field trial dog, and also a wonderful house pet or companion. [...]
The Red and White Setter is a vivacious dog that is both strong and affectionate. Throughout its history the Red and White Setter has been useful as a hunting companion but more recently has gained popularity as a great family pet. This breed is known for being quite strong-headed due in large part to its hunting ancestry but with proper training, the Red and White Setter can become your favorite hunting buddy. You'll be amazed to watch the Red and White Setter in action; these creatures are quick and crafty, making them a true asset in any environment.
Like many similar breeds, Red and White Setters were bred specifically as a hunting companion so many of those instincts come naturally. You can say hunting is in their DNA; just about every detail of the Red and White Setters makes them a superior hunting companion. The build of this breed is such that they are powerful, but athletic rather than swift. [...]
The Pharaoh dog is a breed of dog that was developed as a hunting dog, which they do very well with their speed, alertness and agility. Being members of the Sight hound family, they were excellent as hunters. The difference between sighthounds and regular hunting hounds are that sight hounds hunt by speed and sight, whereas regular hunting hounds hunt by scent and endurance. They specialize in finding the prey, not losing it in their line of view, and capturing it with their agility, intelligence and great speed. They were originally used to hunt and capture small game. Their excellent eyesight, sense of smell and perfect hearing made them the perfect choice for hunting. Very seldom did an animal get past the Pharaoh. [...]