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Hunting-dogs – how to choose?
When you choose a hunting dog you must take under consideration, on one side the game that you prefer to hunt for while the other decisive factor is the relief the hunting is usually made on. Other factors that you must pay attention to are your possibilities to raise, transport and maintain the dog, which are different for each hunting-dog. It would be ideal that to have a normal, standard dog that inherits characteristics optimal for hunting.
The hunter that cannot afford to take care of more than one dog, but that wishes to hunt in various places and, for diverse game species, will have to choose a dog with multiple aptitudes, from the universal setters race. If the dog you are a young and can easily travel, a more mobile dog should be of your preference(vijla, musterland) in comparrison with a heavier one(brack, labrador), recomended for the older people. Even more, if you leave in a tight space and haven’t got your own car, you should choose a smaller size dog(Breton epagnel).
If you are hunting for plain birds, the best pick for you is the insular setter. Even if you choose to hunt in muddy conditions, like hunting for swamp game, there are some dogs that would work even under those circumstances. The braque saint germain is an excellent option in this case.
The boar or any big game hunter, will certainly choose the hound for mountain terrain and one of the German Jadgterrier, foxterrier or Dachsund rases for plain ground. This last three also being a great option for lair hunting.
Because the dog qualities depend mostly on the race and are hereditary passed on, it is recommended that only dogs of a pure race are bought, having certificates, and it is mandatory that they come from parents which were also used for hunting. The purchase of this specimens fully attest any effort made in the purpose of choosing the most valuable couples, known during hunting but also during canine competitions.