Our hope is to keep the ancient tradition of hunting dogs alive! We believe the companionship and bond created by having your dog alongside you and to help with the hunt is unparalleled. We strive to educate and be a liaison for continuing the practice of training and working with different hunting dog breeds. However, we believe it is important to further the hunting dog experience by means that are congruent to the 21st century’s way of life. To us this means following humane practices with our hunting dogs, as well as seeking out friendly and safe environments for hunting dogs and their owners to compete or simply put into practice their ancient bond with their hunting canine.
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Are you aware of the potential health risks your dog’s breed may be prone to having?
As you select a type of hunting dog that works best, you may want to do some research as to which dog will fit both your hunting and life-style. Some breeds require more time, training, exercise, medical care, etc. than others. Additionally, different breeds specialize in distinct traits like speed, intelligence, sight and smell. One of the key things to factor in with your hunting dog of choice are possible medical issues that each breed is prone to having.
Many Pointers and retrievers, for example, are known for having health issues with hip dysplasia, thyroid issues, and different cardiac diseases. Scent Hounds, especially Basset Hounds, almost always get an ear infection or cherry eye at some point in their life. Additionally, each breed can be prone to different types of cancers as they get older.
It is a good idea to be aware of the potential health problems you may encounter with your hunting dog so you can know what to expect throughout your dog’s future. It is a good idea to have an initial conversation with your veterinarian about preventative measures and good steps to take in order to keep your dog as healthy as possible so that it may perform its job to the best of its ability. Most importantly, your hunting dog will many times become a lifelong best friend and companion. Because of this, it is a good idea to carefully research your desired breed, in order to ensure the medical issues are something you can take on and be aware of ahead of time. This will enable you to proactively promote the health and longevity of your hunting companion so that your dog can be expected to not only perform at its best, but live a long and healthy life as well.
Hunting Dogs–Where Did It All Start?
Dogs and humans have been partners in hunting together for thousands of years. The relationship between the two started out with dogs being used as the primary means of hunting down and killing small prey. However, as humans evolved and began to domesticate their own animals and livestock, there was a shift in the way dogs were used for hunting. Once people began to raise their own livestock, the need to use a dog as a primary means for hunting dwindled. This began to give way towards breed specialization, as new roles for these working dogs were defined. As people started shifting the roll of dogs towards being overseers and protectors of their flocks, dogs were being trained to take down large predators. As specialized breeding grew in popularity in the ancient world, the more modern hunting dog breeds slowly came to life, as sight and scent hounds, retrievers, and pointers were bread to bring out their advanced hunting traits of sight, smell, and intelligence. It wasn’t until the middle ages that the use of dogs as hunting companions exploded in popularity across the world, as different breeds became meticulously specialized for different purposes. This was partially due to the invention of firearms, creating a new dynamic to the hunting world. Although the role dogs play in society has changed over the centuries as humans evolved, dogs have continued to be utilized as hunting companions. However, over the past few centuries it has turned into more of a sport than a necessity, providing a cooperative challenge for both humans and dogs to work together.