Bayerische Gebirgsschweisshund, BGS, Bavarian Mountain Bloodhound. They have the ability to track old cold lines out to 48 hrs and sometimes beyond. They are slow to mature sometimes taking up to 3 years and lots of tracks to become the best they can be. They are not suited for someone that only needs to track 4 or 5 animals a year.
Deutsch Drahthaar or DD is a true versatile working dog. If you hunt birds, ducks want a retriever and need a tracking dog here it is. They are a passionate hunting dog with industry and endurance, calm by nature, friendly in relations. As with ever genuine working dog, however, needs legitimate specialty training and guidance. www.vdd-gna.org
The Jagdterrier (pronounced ‘Yack-terrier’) is a relatively new breed only established since the early 1900’s. The breed is easily recognizable from its small, muscular stature, rarely exceeding 20 pounds. Its distinctive black and tan coat can be found in 3 phases- smooth coat, broken coat, or wire hair. Their personality makes the breed what it is, by having a never quit attitude and often attacking prey/game 10 times their size in weight.
Bred for finding sparse game over harsh mountains conditions. They have a vibrant & friendly personality, excels at water work, retrieving, trailing wounded game with bloodhound like persistence. www.deutscherwachtelhund.org
Beagles are intelligent, but they were bred to be a pack hound relating more to each other than to the handler. It may take a little extra time to make your beagle realize that YOU want him to track a specific deer. You are looking for a calm, steady beagle, the type that rides around with the boss in the cab of the pick-up. See articles for full write up on Beagles.
Bred to have a great nose, strong prey drive, and intelligence. They are used for running scent lines, winding game, herding, search/rescue, and hunting. They can be blue, red or tri in color with white markings on their chest and toes. They are medium build ranging from 18-23″ in height. Links: www.lacydog.com , www.bluelacydogs.org
One of the best arguments for selecting a dachshund tracking prospect is that they are easy to train and eager to please. Learning to stay on the right scent line is the most difficult thing a tracking dog has to learn, and a good dachshund picks this up more quickly than most breeds of hounds that are not as handler oriented.
The “Kopov” or Slovakian Hounds are pleasant and discreet dogs. Well behaved, very clean but alert when the need for a watchdog arises. The Kopov is mainly known for its trademarks of having an excellent nose, being very fast and agile and an astonishing sense of orientation. All in all a well-rounded family pet and couch potato when permitted, but when duty calls, they are all game.
This is a part beagle part-walker hound. You do not need a pure bred dog to track with. Many a great tracking dogs have come from unknown or mixed breeds. If the dog looks like it comes from a cross of working breeds do not be afraid to try it.