Now while we touched on why dogs are so good at hunting with humans, there is a lesson to be learned in that not all dog breeds are good at hunting.
First and foremost, you need to know about the bloodline of the dog. If the dog you’re adopting or wanting to go hunting with comes from a bloodline of domesticated dogs, then odds are that dog isn’t going to be very good at hunting. They don’t have the killer instinct that you want your hunting dog to have. In addition, their sense of hunting isn’t as well developed as their opposite bloodlines.
You’re also going to want to have a dog breed that can easily navigate through all kinds of terrain. A little chihuahua isn’t going to be nearly as nimble in the woods as a german shepherd. This is why you must choose a breed that has a bigger frame, long legs, is a quick sprinter, has a keen sense of smell, great vision, and great hearing.
Those may seem like a long list of criteria – but we assure you, it’s not all that bad.
Some of the most common types of domesticated dog breeds make the best hunting breeds, such as labrador retrievers and beagles. All labrador retriever and beagle owners know how smart their dogs are and how much energy they have. They make for naturally awesome hunters!
Other great hunting breeds are bloodhounds and pointers. This is because they both have great senses of smells. Just remember, bloodhounds are often used by police departments when they’re searching for a missing person. We’ve all seen the police movies where bloodhounds are the primary means of searching for someone – like in the movie the Fugitive 🙂