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    Question Terriers for tracking?

    I have just been perusing a copy of the shooting times that a friend has dropped in to me. I was very interested in an article about fox terriers, in the article it mentions fox terriers being used in Sweden for tracking/flushing boar and deer. Has anyone heard of such a thing and if so is there any writing on the subject in the public domain?

    I ask as I have just been through a divorce and my little Lab bitch had to be put down as she had cancer. So I am now in a much smaller house than before, I have no room for a medium to large breed of dog and am thinking of a terrier type breed.

    I am afraid that the teckel looks too much like a sausage dog to me, my fault I know, but I am interested in what sort of dog/terrier would find me a deer that has run off. I feel obliged to have a deer dog but am unsure what breed to go for. What suggestions have you?

    ​Yours hopefully, Simon

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    FC ranger we used to deal with on some land owned by the estate had a cracking Border terrier for that purpose.Very good at the job it was too.

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    If a terrier it has to be, then perdix is is spot on, but make sure you search for a working line not just looks or convenience of distance to collect.
    TO STRIVE, TO SEEK, TO FIND. AND NEVER TO YIELD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perdix View Post
    FC ranger we used to deal with on some land owned by the estate had a cracking Border terrier for that purpose.Very good at the job it was too.
    Perdix,

    I am fond of Border terriers, my first boss had one, but that was before I became interested in deer management. I will have to do some research on working bloodlines.

    A friend has crossed a border bitch with a good working Jack Russell line and has kept the line going. He is a foxhunter though, so I wonder if it would suit?

    T​hank you for the suggestion, Simon

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    When I used to stalk as a job, I would ocassionally use my terrier to help me find red deer on the hill that had fallen into rough ground and rashes.
    He is a patterdale / lakeland cross who cost me 30 from a hunt kennels.
    ​It was not his main job which was dealing with foxes however he did a great job when required to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flytie View Post
    Perdix,

    I am fond of Border terriers, my first boss had one, but that was before I became interested in deer management. I will have to do some research on working bloodlines.

    A friend has crossed a border bitch with a good working Jack Russell line and has kept the line going. He is a foxhunter though, so I wonder if it would suit?

    T​hank you for the suggestion, Simon
    No worries Simon.

    You might try and look up a young lady called Lisa Jenkins on the internet.
    When I was really into terriers she was one of the leading lights in the Border terrier world.
    ​Good luck

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    There are some excellent Sporting Lucas Terriers (and SLT X's) have been bred in recent years, really intelligent, good noses and capable of much more than people think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by widu View Post
    If a terrier it has to be, then perdix is is spot on, but make sure you search for a working line not just looks or convenience of distance to collect.
    I agree. I have a working strain Border who is now 9. He will find deer. I used him running free in thick cover, with hawk bells to locate him. Had to catch up quickly with him or he wouldn't be hungry when I got there. A good worker is also a problem if there are any fox earths etc. so needs keeping on a lead until required to locate the carcass. Mine was not wired up properly as he knows no fear and will kill anything that he can get his jaws around. He has collected a few battle scars from encounters with foxes and other (unmentionable) adversaries. Lovely pet dog too and completely safe with young children. Little Ba****d but you have to admire his courage.
    The breeder is near Kings Lynn, Norfolk and occasionally has a litter of pups. PM me if you would like the breeder's contact details.

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    There was also an article about the Cesky terrier from the Czech Republic also used for deer and boar. Another to look into.

    "If you can't see it, you can't shoot it"

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    Border Terrier for me but make sure the dog has a good recall. They can be stubborn as hell!

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