Are Dachshunds Good for Hunting?
In the past, it was mainly the standard-sized Dachshund that was used for Badger Hunting. The Miniature Dachshund came along later on and was used for smaller game like rabbit, squirrel, and prairie dogs. Nowadays, Hunters in the USA and Europe are using Miniature and Standard Dachshunds for badger hunting. In the Western part of the United States, dachshunds have also been used to track down wounded deer (Blood Tracking).
Hunters use a transmitter collar to help keep track of their hunting dachshunds while they are underground. When using this special tracking collar, the hunter has a more accurate location to dig and help flush out the hunted animal.
Different Dachshund Coats:
Did you know that there is an actual purpose for the different Dachshund coats?
The dachshunds with the short-haired coat made it harder for their prey to bite down and hold on. This made it easier for the dog to hunt and tumble with it’s prey.
Wire-Hair and Long-Hair Dachshunds:
Since the dachshunds were lower to the ground, the short hair doxies tended to get more scratched up by the sharp prickers and branches while hunting in the wooded areas. Hunters introduced the wire-hair and long-hair dachshunds to keep their skin more protected from the debris of the forest floor.