i took both of my dachshunds to the vet today to get their toe nails trimmed. in walks a man with a hunting dog on a leash. he was just about the thinnest little dog i have ever seen in person. why on earth when you see hunting dogs they are so skinny? but what gets me he went back to his truck and out of the passenger side he pulls out a bull dog that looked a little on the chubby side. it was like looking at night and day.
I've always heard that hunters will get the puppies young, not feed them and let them roam. If they come back they teach them to hunt. I have no idea what letting them starve and roam has to do with hunting..?
Some people are idiots. Wait.. MOST people are idiots.
i see alot of puppies running around all the time, maybe that is why. what the hunting dog works"i geuss" and bulldog is their pet. how unfair is it to have one dog you over feed and one looks like he has not ate in 3 weeks?
well different people have different thoughts on how to hunt. wouldn't think that a well fed dog that is healthy, not skin and bones would do better? around here the dogs that are used for hunting run the deer out of the woods, not try to eat them. they run them out of the woods so that the hunters on the side of the road parked don't have to do nothing but shoot.
An overweight hunting dog will put too much strain on its body. Hunting dogs that truly hunt alot need to be thin. Not skin and bones, but thin so they can run faster and easier. Good hunters will feed their dogs quality food with protein, not low quality food full of corn. This guy may just be one of those bad owners...
There's been an ongoing debate between uneducated public and hunters (let's say responsible ones, because we've all seen the worst I'm sure) on how thin the dogs are, for some time. Mostly in the sighthound world, from what I've seen.
LOR hit it pretty dead on, they need to be lean. There's definitely a difference between lean and skinny.
http://www.sloughi.com/Tayebiowa0ct.jpg Some people think that is "way too skinny", they'll argue the dog is "underfed and overworked and for the most part neglected" but it's probably in the best shape you'll see for the breed.
Scenthounds usually have more weight on them (visually) than sighthounds do, so seeing a working hound compared to a westminster hound can throw a lot of people off. I'm even told somtimes that my huskies are skinny. Until you feel their bodies, you'd think they were underfed, if you didn't understand.
comparing any hunting dog to a bulldog is a horrible comparison, because I've NEVER seen a skinny bulldog. They all look short, squat, stocky and a little pudgy.
I've seen lots of lean mean hunting machine hunting dogs, the coonhounds in particular have a very 'lean and hungry' look about them, because they are extremely active dogs and always on the go. If you looked at the dog and saw ribs, that doesn't necessarily mean it's underweight or underfed, in the same way that we can look at Icyhound's dogs, see the points of their hips. they're supposed to look like that.
Minniyar i geuss in one way or another i was comparing a bulldog to a huntting dog, i geuss that is the way it came across. i understand what a bulldog is suppose to look like, actually kinda cute. what i was saing is that his pet looked alot different than hunting dog, and why so skinny i will never know why. but as far as icy, i understand that the type of breed he has is suppose to be skinny, i have seen pictures and his dogs are beautiful. but there is no way that dog was suppose to be that skinny. the poor baby looked like something off of the animal planets, animal police. gosh the times you need a camera.
it was one of those times when you have to control your mouth. i was so close to asking him, why on earth do you not feed your dog. kinda wish i did now
***Edited By: dachshundlove on 10/30/2006 2:20:38 PM*** Reason: m
I have to put my dogs on H.E. dog food to keep the weight on, my dogs can also run all out for over 2 hours and HUNT all day! Any of the pointing breeds can look thin but be in better shape than any Tea-cup or lap dog.
I have a 5 year bluetick coonhound. She weighs 45 lbs and my vet yells at me because she's fat!!! At the same time, animal control has been to my house twice for starving my dog. Seems I cann't win. I feed her a high protein diet - with no corn junk. After seeing the dog, and what I feed her, they determine that everything is fine. Still, it's aggravating to have them visit me. I wish people would just talk to me about it instead of thinking I'm abusing her. She's super active, doesn't keep weight on, and she doesn't hunt. I'd hate to see what she looked like if she did. At the same time, two of my uncles run beagles. All of their dogs are fat and sassy, what I would consider over weight. Maybe he just adopted the dog. Many people will dump a dog if it won't hunt. That's how I got my bluetick.
I hunt birds, grouse and pheasants, with and without dogs. 1. What breed was it that you saw? 2. There are a number of dogs out there that are thin. 3. I have hunted w/Setters and Brits. Brits are pudgy compared to a setter. Setters can be thin.
I know other hunters with "thin" dogs. They are fed well and well treated. It depends on the breed.
I guess before I would get so concerned about someone else's pet, I would take the time to get more info on the type of dog that you are concerned about. Or perhaps strike up a conversation with the person about his dog.
Not all hunters are lazy, slobs, cruel or just jerks. There are some, just like any other group you have your good and bad apples.