Choose a hunting dog for adopting?

Posted on October 07 2018

Choose a hunting dog for adopting?

How to be sure to make the right choice when adopting or acquiring a dog for hunting? Should we instead opt for a male or a female? Does a puppy have more advantages than the adult dog? What abilities should it display? Here are the questions most often asked when planning to move towards a hunting dog.

The  hunting dog  must have certain qualities to properly fulfill its role vis-à-vis the  game  and have fun doing it. The stop, the report (ability to find, continue and bring back the game), the ability to move on difficult terrain and flair are part of the arsenal of the good hunting dog. These are abilities to detect and develop from the earliest age of the dog, but they are not the only criteria of choice. The  behavior  of the animal on a daily basis, its  ancestry  and  age  are also among the crucial points to consider before settling.

Learn about his ancestry

The first thing to do is to learn as complete as possible about the   dog's origins .

Try to get as much information about your  parents as you can , check out their documents and ask about their hunting behavior. Ask the breeder if they are persevering, if they have a fine nose, if they perform the report correctly and if they do not mind crossing the obstacles to pursue the game.

Study your behavior outdoors

The dog's ancestry determines some of the dog's hunting skills, but it is not everything. Even a dog that does not come from a pure line can display qualities that are very much in demand for hunting, such as the ability to evolve on wet and uneven terrain, gearing, stopping or even a fine nose.

You must observe his  behavior outdoors  : if he tends to snoop, sniff and be curious, you may have the right hound. Also try the gunshot test , ideally before the age of one. Do not judge the dog on first attempts if they are unsuccessful. He may need other tests to become familiar with it and not be afraid.

Looking for breeders or individuals?

If you lack experience, it may be best to talk to a breeder . We should first make sure of the quality and professionalism of the latter. The discussion forums can help you to find some good indications in this direction. Or better yet, if you have hunting enthusiasts around you, do not hesitate to ask them for their opinion on the breeders they know.

If you are sure you can properly choose and train your puppy, you can turn to an individual with a litter. Again, consider asking as many questions as you can about the parentage and behavior of the parents on the hunt.

Puppy or adult?

The  puppy  has some advantages, just like the adult. It is obvious that a dog who has been around you from an early age will allow you to build a  stronger relationship . You provide education and training , so you know the animal by heart (also by the way) and are thus sure of the quality of its learning.

The links can be as strong with an adult dog, especially if he has received quality education and  socialization  from his former teacher. One can quickly test the hunting skills and the character of an adult dog. It is also possible to detect hereditary defects such as  hip dysplasia , which do not occur at a young age.

Male or female?

On the hunt,  males  are often preferred to  females . Not that the latter are less talented (this is not the case), but rather because of their periods of relative unavailability and behavioral disturbances. These are related to  heat , which occur twice a year for 3 weeks, and to the  nervous lactation  (2 or 3 weeks). In total, this is 8 to 9 weeks that are likely to fall, in part, during the hunting season.

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