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    Border Terrier

    Just looking at a few swedish sites on the net and notice alot of folk use Border Terriers for tracking there. Do any of you use them for tracking here?

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    a lot off the old eskdalemuir rangers used them for years. Border terriers are actually quite intelligent and can be trained to do a few things. I used to rough shoot over the headkeepers which had tracked deer(was of the eskdalemuir line) in the past as well as doing foxes and beating. As many people have said on here almost any dog that has a half decent nose could be used, it jist may be harder to train them than a purpose breed bred.

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    Terrier off working stock can be trained to a very high standard i had a lakeland/fell that was incredable on roe deer but sadly he only lived to 14 some dogs you wish would live as long as you.

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    I have a Border Terrier that i bought from Brian, the head keeper of Glen Almond Estate near Perth. There's no doubting his capability but he's a hard headed little B*****D! Some of it may be my fault in that he socialised with Chesapeakes from his earliest days but once his nose is on the deck and his tail is pointing up in the air, he will completely ignore you. You could use a bullhorn and he'll be totally deaf to you.

    He'll happily follow any bloody trail but he won't return so needs to remain on a line. He'll even retrieve a pheasant - 1 pheasant only. He'll run out, retrieve the bird and then return to drop it by my feet before guarding it. He'll literally spend the rest of the day guarding that one and only pheasant from any other dog or person stupid enough to approach it. Little bugger would have your fingers off if you were mad enough to try and take it from him!




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    Border Terrier

    Guinevere has been my constant stalking partner for the last 8 or 9 years and has acted as deer tracker,finder and hot water bottle.She will sit at the bottom of a highset indefinitately or under protest be carried up to a double seat to take on the hot water bottle role.She initially worked free with a bell but after taking on a large fallowbuck single handedly(pawdly) and taking a kicking she now works on a line.her kennel mates Arthur and 'the girls' have a lot to live upto.'Giunny is now somewhat slower and deafer but is still all heart ./Click image for larger version. 

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    I've used border crosses for years, 3/4 border/ Paterdale x border was the first cross then pretty much border /lakeland into the mix. This line has populated kennels throughout the country [not all planned].
    They've all been excellent trackers and the old lad sitting at my feet[15] is without any doubt the best tracking dog I've had[probably the most disobedient as well] and seen plenty of foxes as well, his father came from Ronnie snr at Eskdalemuir.

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    Got my Plummer as an all rounder...hope he will get into it once i am deer stalking. His nose is next to none but that may be down to the beagle influence. He is keen as mustard and is intelligent. Tried him on a blood line a couple of months ago and he follwed it [all 5 meters of it] if only to lick the blood up as he went...lol. Will wait and see how he goes and report up in the next few years!!

    atb

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    Good to see your replies and makes me all the keener to get a Border...I keep putting of getting a dog, running out of excuse now lol. Was torn between a Lab and a border , mainly as I had a Border as a kid and know what great dogs they are, intelligent,cheeky as hell but so loyal. Then agian I like labs too ...doesnt get any easier!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickenman View Post
    Good to see your replies and makes me all the keener to get a Border...I keep putting of getting a dog, running out of excuse now lol. Was torn between a Lab and a border , mainly as I had a Border as a kid and know what great dogs they are, intelligent,cheeky as hell but so loyal. Then agian I like labs too ...doesnt get any easier!!!
    get both

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    I bought the missus a border terrier for her birthday as a bit of company when im away shooting, only trouble is im facinated with how game and bright he is i really want to use him myself cracking dogs Df

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