Blood Tracking Dogs of Texas

Written by: John Jeanneney


            The tracking dachshund has nothing in common with the fat couch potato of the cartoonists.

First, he differs physically from the general conception of the breed. His legs are a bit longer, and his back is a bit shorter, which gives him greater agility. Dachshunds of the wirehaired coat variety are the most commonly used for tracking wounded deer. Many of them trace their ancestry directly back to Germany where they are bred for tracking wounded game, as well as for underground work.

            More important than coat and appearance is the inner dachshund. A good tracking dachshund checks things out first with his nose. He has a scent houndís line sense; he knows instinctively that a scent line leads somewhere and he wants to follow. He has a very good nose, and most important, he has the intelligence to use that nose well. With some experience, a good tracking dachshund learns to stay on the scent line of a deer, wounded the day before. He ignores the  hot scent lines of deer that have just crossed ahead of him. A tracking dachshund has stubborn patience and at the same time a readiness to cooperate with his handler to find that wounded deer.
    The tracking dachshund offers several special advantages. He  loves human contact and is ideal as a family dog. On the other hand, he is not the dog to leave isolated in a kennel.  A 20 to 25 pound dachshund is a handy dog, equally at home on a Four-Wheeler or on the seat of a car or pickup. Keep in mind that this small size can sometimes be a disadvantage. A dachshund is less likely to survive a rattlesnake bite than a long-legged, eighty pound dog.


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