City hunter’s dog: reflections of a forced idler
Oh, and it’s a thankless business to compare any of the hunting dogs with other breeds. I did not intend to do this, if not for the case: with a difference of a few days, I lost a one-year-old wolf cub, and I myself received a severe injury that completely deprived me of mobility. So there was time for reflection, and then a reason.
Just after a week of forced idleness, a brown Dachshund appeared in the apartment-a three-year-old, the first bitch in my life. Having heard about the double trouble, a familiar breeder was blessed with a gift (once with one of her Pets, who later became the ancestor of the line, we reached high titles among juniors, we managed to fight off the further path in this direction-well, not mine).
Stunned by the change in fate, the dog instantly brought the disabled person out of depression, and a week later I finally realized that in this situation, this is the best possible option. What would a husky turn into if she had to spend a year with the owner in an apartment almost without any help, and then a certain amount of time without being able to get out on a real hunt? All the more male. And here even a well-known utilitarian problem in the most difficult initial period was solved with the help of a rubber car rug and Newspapers.
Now, a year later, I dare say: the Dachshund is the best breed for the lazy city hunter, whatever this “laziness” may be called. And also for the “casual shooter” who is forced to get a gun and a dog in order to meet the requirements of fashion in certain social circles. Okay, overgrown with cobwebs “Golland-Golland” (all the same piece of iron), but getting fat and stupid on a chic sofa drathaar…
Therefore, I will name one indisputable plus of the breed immediately. Based on personal experience, with the exception of the Labrador, I do not know a hunting dog that would be so adapted to life in an apartment and so adequately treat forced idleness as a Dachshund. And even then, the playful nature of these retrievers, especially in their youth, often leads to real pogroms. A Dachshund is a “thing-in-itself”, with a philosophical cast of character and corresponding sybaritic views.
The form of the entire year of seclusion was able to maintain a strict diet and a small amount of mobility – you can also throw an Aport while lying on the couch. After all, even a wife is much easier to persuade to walk a Dachshund than huskies. Or the same Retriever.
Although that kind of creature is actually hidden under an amusing appearance of these dogs, known only to their owners and, perhaps, the hunters. If the first at the very beginning are surprised by distrust, aggressiveness to a stranger, and, accordingly, good guard qualities, then for the second obvious are malice to the beast, excellent viscosity, and all this – with a high level of self-control. Once in one season we lost two “YAGS”, and the last one is not good at all: badgers pulled out his jaw, and the owner did not raise his hand, as a result, he exhausted both himself and the dog during his wanderings in hospitals. And with the inevitable ending. But with dachshunds such mass passions and do not remember.
Although already then began to gradually move away from burrowing hunting. As Abdullah used to say, he became old and lazy. And if I always treated marching through the woods as an excellent rest, then the cadet standards for digging trenches and caponiers do not attract anything any more. And on the burrow, “earthworks” often take up most of the time. Therefore, he returned to the likes after Hudson left (he was the one in the photo with the fireplace). Yes, in sight, not fate.
Fortunately, dachshunds, in principle, are quite versatile dogs. I do not see anything particularly disturbing in the work of dachshunds not only on the “blood trail”, but also on ungulates, even boar. Preferably, chemotroph. Although this is widely known in narrow circles of the and the story of its author indicate year-round fees.
What, a hound – it is a hound, only the legs are too short. In my opinion, this is the only irremediable drawback of the breed. Difficult to move and chase in the snow, tall grass, although the animal slips into the support, like a snake. It is a shame when, perfectly performing the duties of a Retriever, the Dachshund is simply not able to drag the same duck through the dense vegetation, all the time stumbling and getting confused. Their endurance is also unimportant, again because of the structure, since they have to move mainly by jumping with a huge expenditure of energy.
At the same time, there is a great lower (and not only) flair, a smooth, calm rut of any animal, even an urge, especially at the first stage of baiting. Plus the advantage of a small size that is not alarming, like the Karelians against the East Siberian huskies – the animal is not afraid of them, it remains in place, being exposed to the shot. Yes and vertlyavy dachshunds, despite the curious “sausage” appearance, easily leave from under the fangs and claws. They themselves, by the way, the teeth are not present, especially in males, is clearly not a proportional increase, more Doberman any match. But they also use them competently and only where necessary: never, even on the first pritravke on a boar, do not use their signature tricks, like “death grip” – they think!
As a” walking hound”, dachshunds are also used in hare hunting. I’ve never tried it myself, but I’ve seen it. It’s funny, of course, when the hunter performs almost half of the dog’s work, personally lifting the eared one, and only then releasing a fresh Dachshund from the backpack, but again – the costs of the Constitution. The main thing is that the system itself is fully functional.
Of course, to successfully hunt with a Dachshund, you will have to forget about laziness, at least for the time of nataski. And nevertheless outside of hunting you will have an ordinary domestic dog, even with a not very simple character, but also without “barking” fanaticism. And guests, usually on New Year’s eve, will not demand to immediately release the Laika living on the equipped loggia, because it is “cold and lonely” there. And you do not have to explain every time that it is just not hot and calm, and with you, so cheerful, it will quickly go off the rails. The Dachshund will simply go somewhere away from the fuss and perk up only when serving meat delicacies. But it is only necessary to say “We are going to the forest” or just open the weapon Cabinet, as this quiet and peaceful creature immediately turns into a swift fanged lightning, ready to immediately perform both labor and feat.
P.S. and yet, in all honesty, if it were possible to go back a year ago, I would do it without thinking. And not just because of the injury.