Thanks for all the info!In other countries they are used for everything, dachshund means (badger dog). They became most popular many years ago when they were used to help kill predators on large tracks in Germany for hunting royalty, to improve the hunting grounds and rid them of badgers, fox etc that would tunnel underground. They would send dog underground to kill or flush the game out so it could be shot. German dogs have there own registry, far more strict then our AKC, they require all that would like registry to pass hunting related tests to be registered for breeding. For a teckel these tests may include 20 and 40 hour blood track, water test, gun shyness test, conformation, obedience search, earth dog work, BHP etc. Also other countries are far ahead in the use of dogs for tracking and many require proof of access to tracking dog prior to getting hunting license.
The tests and heavy usage of the dog in so many areas has preserved the hunt in these dogs, they are great trackers because they a small, can't pull you as hard, they are low to ground where the coldest scent is, they use ground scent, not so much air scent so they stay close to the line where the handler and hunter can confirm seeing blood or other details that may help in recovery, such as a leg bone fragment which would mean probably end search or gut material which may mean wait longer.
The high usage of the dogs to hunt in other countries has preserved high prey drive and intelligence. They can switch from one game to another, based on what handler is asking. Also the dog learns through tracking wounded deer that they smell different through hormones excreted through many areas including the interdigital glands in the hoof. The dog realizes over time that he never finds healthy deer, the dog then locks on to wounded deer and gets rewarded with meat from the find, my dog rips meat off himself when recovers deer.
In this state where we cannot legally track a wounded deer without a leash, teckels are great on leash dogs. Also, they are not a walker or a beagle, they are very very close companion to their handler. Over time and with experience, the team becomes stronger together then they could be apart as handler learns his dog. If I could legally release a dog I would buy a larger breed to help bay deer, it would increase recovery rates, like leg hits that would otherwise get away with leash law.
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This seems like something I might be Interested in. Only have a home/yard that can support small dogs and would love to train a dog since my dad used to train our dogs for duck hunting. I don't hunt much anymore but I would love to do something with a dog outside. Used to love seeing how happy our boykins were when they were doing what they were bred for.
Thay being said I can't afford to drop top dollar on a puppy. What are some breeds you would recommend that do well at this sport?