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Offline Big Papa

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Any dog but a beagle
« on: December 28, 2009, 11:58:19 AM »
If you guys could pick a rabbit dog thats not a beagle what would it be and why?  I got a lab/pit mix and she does a greatr job busting brush piles. She follows hand signals. What do you guys think?
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Re: Any dog but a beagle
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2009, 12:47:41 PM »
If the dog will do what you want, more power to ya. People tend to lean towards beagles because of their strong nose and that howl of theirs. I used a German Short Hair Ponter for rabbit hunting once. She did pretty good until she tried running through a chain link fence. :roll:
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Re: Any dog but a beagle
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009, 01:59:08 PM »
Bassetts work real good and at a decent rabbit speed. You want the rabbits pushed as slow as possible.
I spotted a couple of Bassetts running deer while I was on patrol. They pushed the deer at a very slow pace. The final outcome was bad for one of the dogs when I went to pick them up and take them to HQ.  :knuppel2 :buck2 One tried to bite me and I shot him between his eyes with my sidearm as I was backpeddling to my vehicle door. I hated shooting the dog, but it was that or get bitten.

It's illegal to run deer with dogs here in Iowa.
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Re: Any dog but a beagle
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2009, 02:15:16 PM »
Ya I know beagles are most folks choice for sure. I think i would like a more versatile dog. For what our hunting needs are. All in one day we have hunted and killed,rabbit,quail and of course squirrel 8)
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Re: Any dog but a beagle
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 02:18:16 PM »
A while back, I looked into finding what you're looking for; a dog that can do rabbit one day and something else the next. I learned that such dogs can be rare as hen's teeth, but they are out there. There's not a specific breed best suited for this, it really just depends on the individual dog.
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Re: Any dog but a beagle
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 06:13:12 PM »
You need a Fiest/beagle cross like Ellwood has. They run everthing from rabbits, to deer, squirrels, coons, possums, and even cats!!!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D

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