Across the years I have spent a fair amount of time training dogs to do various things, in my youth it was working terriers and spent many hours digging foxes out (more usually the terriers who had dug themselves in with their most recent victim) alongside man workers. Like my Dutch Shepherd for those with nothing else to do.
I would have liked to have a crack at training a sheepdog to round up sheep, in fact the closest I got to a sheepdog was in my youth, we went on a round up of sheep on the Brecon Beacons bringing them down for the shearing and dipping.
Having been out a few times with "John Robson" and his GSP "Breeze" and a few other occasions with another pal of mine "Nick Spoors" who uses a GSD bitch to find shot deer, I dont recall anyone else who takes a deer dog with them on a regular basis. Now on the shotgun shoots I attend there are a multitude of Spaniels and Labs and a whole myriad of other breeds and mixes thereof.
Do we have an aversion to dogs trained to find deer in this country or is there a massive following like the retrievers for the shotgun sport?
Is there a Register of deer dogs in this country with dogs that are well trained in the discipline?
What about dogs trained to find Boar? or are we still behind with this?
I have trained several breeds to track men and have over the years seen some fabulous tracking dogs from Weimeraners to GSD and Rottweilers, all of which were used for tracking people
Is there a definitive breed favoured by most for tracking a Deer or Boar or is it more likely simply an individuals taste as with everything else?
One other question.....why would you utilize a "Dachshund" or "Teckel" as opposed to a longer legged breed?