Best Truffle Dog Breeds
“What is the best breed of truffle dog?” It’s an interesting question and a commonly asked one. However it may be difficult to find a straightforward helpful answer amongst all of the information and lists of dog tips. These lists tend to focus on the ten most common truffling breeds or the characteristics of the best truffle dogs……
- Good nose
- Thick coat
- Likes sausages……..
The quick answer to the question is that there are many breeds which make excellent truffle dogs. If this is not especially helpful that’s because we are asking the wrong question. Rephrasing the question to “What is the best breed of truffle dog for me?” makes it easier to start with some suggestions.
If you are considering getting a truffle dog you need to think about your own characteristics before you start thinking about those of the dog. That means that in addition to the usual practical considerations all potential dog owners must weigh up, hunters also need to take a cold, hard look at their own strengths and weaknesses..
How much experience do you have with dogs? What about your personality – are you laid-back? Energetic? Fit? Can you only hunt at weekends? Are you ambitious -would you like to hunt professionally? Most decent hunters would agree that the key factor is not the breed of dog but that man and dog make a good match. A truffle hunter is entirely useless without his dog. The pair work as a team and if the two are well suited they can operate in seamless synchronization.
Lagottos, though, are the perfect dog for both the very inexperienced and the older, perhaps less fit, half of the hunting team. Although they are playful and energetic, they don’t mind staying home and pottering round the garden.
Most dogs are fit but not all hunters are in their best physical shape. If you are not up to running around for hours then it makes sense to steer clear of the previously mentioned athletic breeds . Smokers and slow walkers are not well matched with wire-haired pointers, griffons or any of the more boisterous doggos.
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