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Question by 17henson. Uploaded on October 15, 2011
Basset hound in my opinion.
The Lurcher. Also some of the terrier breeds, like the Patterdale terrier. I once saw a guy hunting with a Scottish Terrier and that dog found rabbits no problem. He was not trimmed like they normally trim Scotties, and it made the dog look much more athletic than they normally look.
I once hunted cottontails with my daughter's poodle, but he wouldn't leave my side as I walked through the field. He was completely untrained, so I did not have high expectations.
terriers and jack russell are some good choices. although my black lab was pretty good at finding em when he was younger
Many breeds can be trained to hunt rabbits. Usually we see beagles used due to their excellent noses and their tendency to hunt slow. Lurches are much faster than beagles, and are sometimes used to catch rabbits and not just hunt them. Other breeds that I have seen used are bassets, jack russels, draths, and even labs and german shephards.
Well I have a weimaraner, and back in the day they were a really good dog bread for rabbits. There bread for pointing now, but there noise is really good. So that might be an idea for you.
I grew up always having a beagle or two. Some were great, some were not. All were hard headed. Best dog I ever had was a mutt (beagle + terrier). I had a hunting partner that had a jack russell terrier that worked well, although he would actually go down into the rabbit holes. He got stuck on one hunt and had to be shoveled out.
Had a stray Basset hound that wandered up to the house once. Best dang rabbit dog I ever saw. No training or nothing he just ran rabbit perfectly. By the way after 6 or 8 months he wandered off and never saw him again?
Terrier/whippet mix. Good Lord, the speed.
I just use my regular pheasant hunting lab, that works for me.
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