They say that thousands of centuries before dogs were domesticated by man that the two used to be competitors in the hunt, each fiercely seeking out the same prey. Today, centuries later, man and dog form a symbiosis that is unbreakable especially during the hunt. For man it is a time to bond with his best friend and for both it is the chance to revisit something primal inside of each – the challenge of pursuing one’s prey. But the simple fact is some dogs are better suited for the hunt than others. Here is a list of the best dog breeds for hunting.
Labrador Retriever: By far this is the most common type of hunting dog. Labs are perfect for hunting waterfowl in particular due to their love of water; their double coat and a thick tail, which helps them, maneuver and balance themselves better when moving. Labs are also among the most intelligent breeds of dogs making them easy to train. The one disadvantage to labs is that they are prone to developing hip dysplasia at some point in their lives.
English Setter: Excellent at pointing and retrieving small game, setters are hard working and almost poetic in their movements. The disadvantages to this breed are that they have reputation for being strong-willed and mischievous. Moreover, they require frequent brushing to maintain their coat.
Rhodesian Ridgeback: This breed, which first came into existence around the 19th century, was first used to keep lions at bay while hunters stalked other prey. Today, they are used to hunt big game.
German Wirehaired Pointer: A great all around hunting breed, German Wirehaired Pointers have a calm temperament, a thick coat and a strong nose. All of these qualities are assets when Argentina bird hunting at our property or for hunting any other kind of game.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: These stout, muscular dogs are excellent for hunting winter fowl as they can easily retrieve prey from icy waters. The one disadvantage to them is that they may be somewhat difficult to train due to their natural tendency towards willfulness.
Vizsla: Hungarian in origin, this breed has a strong hunting instinct and an especially keen sense of smell. On the downside, they tend to be a bit stubborn making training them a challenge.
Yes, a well trained dog is an indispensable asset for hunters of any kind of game. But as you can see no one breed is perfect. That being said, when it comes to hunting dogs to paraphrase George Orwell “some hunting dog breeds are more equal than others.” Come to our facility in Argentina to bond with your friend and satisfy the pri
mal urge in both of you to create a challenge you will both remember and enjoy.