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Hunting with Beagles

That energetic little bundle of enthusiasm that you consider your pet Beagle was actually created to be an effective rabbit hunter; actually, Beagles were used to track a variety of game including foxes, hares, birds, deer, bobcat, wild boar and coyote. They were ideal hunting companions because they were not bred to bolt off rapidly, but rather deliberately track an animal, with their nose always to the ground. This made them dogs that anyone could follow on foot, such as the elderly, young children, and hunters who could not afford horses. [...]

The Beagle Howl

Beagles, like all hound dogs, have been bred to vocalize while on the hunt; these vocalizations helped keep the hunter aware of the dog's position and let the hunter know whether the Beagle was chasing its prey or whether the prey had been caught. People who love the breed tend to find Beagle vocalizations endearing and entertaining, while others are not so pleased by all the loud noise such a little dog can make. Beagles are not dogs that bark incessantly all day, like many toy breeds, but they are hard-wired to sound alerts; usually, these alerts were sounded when prey was sighted, but with Beagles who have never been on the hunt, many things may trigger the alert, such as dust, a car back firing, a shadow or the wind slamming a door shut. [...]

Catahoula Leopard Dogs And Hunting

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are considered premiere hunting companions, especially in their home state of Louisiana. They are excellent at tracking a variety of animals from wild board and deer to squirrels and raccoons. They are even known for fiercely hunting bear. They have a high energy level and generally, love to work. It is their nature to herd, as well track animals. They are also good at treeing, the process of scaring raccoons out of trees. [...]

West Highland White Terriers and Earthdog Tests

West Highland White Terriers enjoy a long history as working hunting dogs. In fact, they, along with other short legged terriers that originate in Scotland, were bred specifically to help farmers in keeping small burrowing animals such as foxes and badgers from destroying the crops. This digging instinct is still strong in Westies today, making them excellent competitors in modern day Earthdog Trials. If you're looking for a way to get involved in sporting events with your Westie, Earthdog Trials are an excellent option. Earthdog Trials, notably hosted by the American Kennel Club as well as other organizations throughout North America and Europe, are a non-competitive and safe way of gauging a dog's aptitude in "going to ground," or hunting for quarry in a series of underground tunnels. [...]

Smooth Fox Terrier used for hunting

The smooth fox terrier is a breed of dog that is very bold, energetic, loving and full of life. These are the qualities that many smooth fox terrier owners love about the dog; these are also the qualities that many hunters admired about the smooth fox terrier. Although unknown to many smooth fox terrier dog owners, this breed was once used as a hunting dog. In the 18th century the smooth fox terrier was used to hunt foxes in England. It was primarily used to hunt foxes by harassing the fox out of its hole. The smooth fox terrier was trained to hunt the fox and harass it from its hole by snapping, growling and lunging at the fox until it bolted out from its hole. The smooth fox terrier was a very useful hunting companion. Before the smooth fox terrier was discovered, the hunt for a fox would be very frustrating for many hunters as the hunt would be over as soon as the fox reached its hole. So when the smooth fox terrier was introduced it solved the dilemma that many fox hunters faced. [...]

Is a Skye Terrier Right for You?

Skye terriers have their own unique personalities. As a breed they are actually hard to put a pinpoint of breed trait labels on because so many of them defy their traditional labels. This breed has a long history of status as both a working dog and a pet. Sometimes they have been both within the same household. They are great for hunting small game such as foxes. They also make loyal companions for the humans they chose often merely toleration other humans. [...]

Exercising the Intelligent Mind of the English Setter

An intelligent breed like the English Setter will never tolerate isolation, inactivity or give up their need to explore. The owner who takes on the breed with the assumption that mental stimulation for dogs is an exaggeration is the owner who will sorely regret his or her underestimation. As with all highly intelligent breeds, the English Setter typically does not wait to be entertained. They are very much the kind that will take it upon themselves to explore, whether outdoors or indoors. The clever English Setter has been known to not only clear fences but open cupboards and refrigerator doors, dragging out whatever contents it finds. While this may be inconvenient, it is simply an indication that the dog needs more stimulating mental activity. [...]

The Difference Between Field Setters and Bench Setters

When it comes time to choose a dog, individuals should always devote a good amount of time researching the breeds they are considering. This keeps individuals from not only choosing the wrong type of dog, but also ensures the dog itself is not moved from home to home. Those who decide to opt for a Setter breed will find themselves needing to choose between the Gordon, Irish or English Setter. When the decision is made to go with the English Setter, potential owners must then decide between a field Setter or a bench Setter. For those who do not do their research, this can be a perplexing question. [...]

The Difference Between Field Setters and Bench Setters

When it comes time to choose a dog, individuals should always devote a good amount of time researching the breeds they are considering. This keeps individuals from not only choosing the wrong type of dog, but also ensures the dog itself is not moved from home to home. Those who decide to opt for a Setter breed will find themselves needing to choose between the Gordon, Irish or English Setter. When the decision is made to go with the English Setter, potential owners must then decide between a field Setter or a bench Setter. For those who do not do their research, this can be a perplexing question. [...]

English Setters and Hunting

With nearly seven hundred years of development under its belt, the English Setter remains one of the most popular gundogs in the history of hunting. Not only are their physical traits perfect in the field, their temperament is also ideal. This wonderful blend also comes with natural instincts for pointing, retrieving and forming a solid working relationship with their owner. It is not uncommon to find hunters who stick with this breed and nothing else for many years. On top of their superb instincts, the English Setter is a breed that makes a memorable companion. They know when it's time to work and they know when it's time to have fun. [...]

What Not to Expect from an English Setter

The English Setter has earned its reputation not only as an extraordinary hunting breed but a wonderful companion animal as well. They are extremely intelligent and known for forming strong bonds with their owners very early on. If there is one thing that all English Setter owners agree on as a basic truth, it is that this breed very much depends on human interaction to stay healthy. Not only do they expect to be part of the family, they are quite actually the best type of dog for those needing a twenty four hour guardian or an enthusiastic traveling buddy. [...]

The Lakeland Terrier and its Courage

The Lakeland terrier is a breed of dog that is used for hunting purposes as well as being a great family dog. Although many used the Lakeland terrier as a family pet or a show dog, their main purpose originally was as a hunting dog used in the pursuit of foxes. [...]

The Lakeland Terrier Is This The Right Dog For You?

The Lakeland terrier, although originally used for hunting, is now a very versatile dog used in the show ring as well as a family pet and companion. If you are thinking of getting a Lakeland terrier, consider some of the characteristics of the dog before deciding if he is the right one for you. You may find this dog is all wrong or that the Lakeland terrier is the perfect choice of dog for you and your family. [...]

The Lakeland Terrier as a Hunter

The Lakeland terrier is a breed of dog that was bred to hunt vermin. Anyone that knows anything about this terrier knows this, too. What many don't realize is just what an extraordinary hunter the Lakeland terrier is. They are brave, bold, energetic and very courageous. [...]

Manchester Terriers as Hunting Dogs

Many people think that the only dogs that are worth while when hunting are the bigger breeds. However, many people are now using smaller breeds such as the Manchester terriers as well. When it comes to the Manchester terriers as being hunting dogs, not all of them are cut out for the job. In fact, in order for a Manchester terrier to become a hunting dog, there are many things that it will need to learn first. Many times when people think of a hunting dog, they think of them as chasing around big animals such as bears. However, there are also many other different kinds of hunting dogs. When it actually comes down to hunting dogs, it does not matter what size of animal it is that they are hunting; it is that they are actually hunting a specific animal that they are supposed to be hunting. [...]

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