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 and was used for smaller game like rabbit, squirrel, and prairie dogs.
Nowadays, hunters in the US 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 down and help flush out the hunted animal.
Different Dachshund Coats:
Did you know that there is an actual purpose for the different Dachshund coats?
Dachshunds with the short-hair coat made it harder for their prey to bite down and hold on. This made it easier for the doxie to hunt and tumble with its prey.
Wire-Hair and Long-Hair Dachshunds:
Since Dachshunds are 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.
The wire-hair and long-hair Dachshunds could keep their skin more protected from the sharp debris of the forest floor.