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The use of dogs in hunting dates back to ancient times. Many hunters throughout history have enjoyed the companionship and camaraderie while using their favorite breed of dogs to hunt. Hunting for rabbits with dogs is just one branch of this exciting sport.
With that being said, it’s not always easy to find right rabbit hunting dog for you that will meet your needs and wants. To make it simpler, first let’s start with dog breeds. There are a few dog breeds that are good for hunting rabbits, however, beagles are the most prominently used. Bassets and Dachshunds are decent rabbit hunting breeds, as well. However, if you are training your first rabbit hunting dog I suggest starting with a beagle. Beagle’s are loyal, easy to train and will really zone into hunting rabbits. So they make an excellent choice for rabbit hunting.
Step By Step Guide To Choosing The Right Hunting Beagle
Step 1: Visit Different Rabbit Hunting Breeders
Start by researching different beagle breeders that specifically breed rabbit hunting dogs. Once you have found several near you plan to visit and check out their dogs and puppies. Be sure they are breeding best hunting dogsbefore you go visit. While visiting the breeders ask questions about their dogs such as: how well these dogs hunt rabbits, how long it took to train the dogs, what type of characteristics their dogs have, as well as, any other relatable questions that you may have. Be sure to get a good feel for the breeder and their dogs. I also suggest going to a breeder and not an animal shelter for your hunting dog. You really want to know the history of a dog and be able to train it well. Animal shelters don’t always have the animal’s backgrounds.
Step 2: Check Breeders Pedigrees
Pedigrees can tell you a lot about a dog. It can tell show you how well of a hunting dog they may be, their health and their family history. This site has a long list of beagle hunting breeders for you to choose from:
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Step 3: Ask For Health History
Always ask for the parents health history when choosing a beagle puppy for hunting. This way you know right off the bat the illness that your next beagle may have. Also be sure to check out their shot records. Knowing the history of the the breeders dogs will also tell you how well they take care of them. Be wary of breeders who do not offer health history.
Step 4: Look For Characteristic Traits
You want a puppy to train that has good genes and good characteristic traits. Be sure to look for traits in both the parents, as well as a the puppy. One of the most important traits is a dog that has the desire, ability and willingness to hunt rabbits. A beagle that has no interest in rabbits will not do you any good. Also, you want a strong dog that has a good nose and will also follow commands easily. Another aspect to look at, as well, is how well they get along with other dogs. Once you decide on a breeder, it may take a couple visits to truly decide which of the puppies have the characteristics that you desire.
Step 5: Rule Out Unwanted Traits
There are several unwanted traits to look for when you are choosing a beagle for rabbit hunting. You don’t want a timid, shy dog that spooks easily. Also you don’t want a runner. In other words you don’t want a rambunctious dog that runs and doesn’t want to follow a trail. This maybe hard to figure out. However, after getting to know the puppies you will be the best judge of which one fits you well and your hunting style.Proper training and socializing can also help change certain puppy habits that are not desirable.
Step 6: Choose Puppy And Begin Training
Now it’s time to narrow down your choice and pick a puppy to start training. Many breeders and hunters that I have talk to say it is best if you choose a female beagle puppy for hunting if it is the first rabbit hunting dog you are training. Females are more obedient and are easier to train. Of course male dogs make great hunting partners as well, however sometimes they are a little more head strong when training.
Here is a video that will help you with training your puppy to hunt rabbits:
Hunting rabbit is a great sport. It’s even better when you have a loyal, well trained rabbit dog by your side. Remember to find a great hunting breeder who has a good health records and pedigree before purchasing a puppy to train. Picking a hunting dog for rabbit hunting is not rocket science, however, if you do a little bit of research and take a little effort into choosing the right dog for you it will make your rabbit hunting days so much better! Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this article. Please visit our website for similar articles. Also, feel free to comment or share this articles with your family, friends and fellow hunters. Happy Hunting!!