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The aim of this site is to showcase particular styles of hunting dogs used in Australia. As well as a gallery of images we provide a description on all of our listed breeds to enable you to make an informed decision as to what breed will suit your needs. So if you are a new hunter looking for a first dog, or an experienced hunter looking to try a new breed or just like looking at well bred hunting dogs this is the place for you.
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What is a Pigdog.
As the name would suggest a pigdog is used to assist hunters in the capture of Wild Boars. They come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of breeds. Some of the breeds used in modern hunting dogs are the same breeds used by hunters for hundreds of years. The tasks hunting dog’s are expected to perform can vary greatly depending on the type of country and hunting techniques used by individual hunters.
Pigdog Hunting Techniques.
The techniques hunters and their dogs use to catch wild boar can vary greatly depending on the terrain of the country hunted. While most pigdogs are capable of catching pigs in a variety of different situations certain breeds will generally perform better than others in different country. If for example you hunt sugar cane regularly a small to medium large dog would suit your needs better than one of the giant breeds.
“Ute” finding is fast becoming a popular way to hunt wild boar, this is where the dog is driven around the hunting area until a scent is located at which point the dog is released to find the pig. In order to perform this task a dog must have the ability to both Air and Ground scent. This style of hunting works well when the hunter needs to cover as much country as possible to find their quarry. Walking creeks, river channels, mountains, cane crops etc, is another popular method used to hunt wild boar in areas with little or no vehicle access. These dogs work in front of the hunter searching for scent, returning periodically to receive commands from the hunter. Spotlighting is another way dogs are used to catch pigs and is very effective in open country or crops. In many cases a rifle shot is either impossible or not the safest option, in these instances the use of a trained pigdog is essential.
Finder/Holder – These dogs are used to first find, then hold the boar so that the hunter may then safely and humanely dispatch the boar. Finders are classed as Short, Medium and Long range depending on the age of the scent they are able to detect and the distance they will travel to catch their quarry. The terms Hot or Cold nosed also refers to the age of a scent a dog can locate then trail, for eg a dog that is good on a hot scent means they can readily find and trail a fresh scent.
Finder/Bailer – These dogs first find then bail the boar, the hunter can then dispatch the boar with a rifle shot or if this is not the safest option a holder can be used in conjunction to secure the boar safely. Some Finder/Bailers will also hold the boar if commanded by the hunter on his/her arrival. As with the use of any firearm all due care must be taken, we Strongly recommend this practice of shooting bailed pigs only be attempted by experienced hunters.
Holders – Unlike finders these dogs are not trained to hunt by scent, they are generally kept close to the hunter and on command will assist in holding a boar. These dogs are also used with great success during spotlighting hunts and to assist finders, they can be an invaluable part of a hunting team.
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Pigdog Facts and Myths
MYTH - Pigdogs are used to kill pigs.
FACT - This is not only untrue it is totally unacceptable behavior for a pigdog. Pigdogs are used to locate and hold a pig in place for the hunter to dispatch it, regardless if a bailing or holding dog. All due care must be taken to minimize the chance of suffering to a captured animal. A correctly trained holding dog will hold the pig by the ear or cheek causing little if any damage to the captured boar.
MYTH – Pigdogs kill native wildlife and stock.
FACT – A correctly trained pigdog will ignore all other game when hunting in the field. No hunting dog should be taken into the field until they are both Stock and Native Wildlife proof. No hunter wants this type of behavior in their pigdogs as you would quickly become unwelcome both in the hunting community and by Landowners.
MYTH – Pigdogs are human and dog aggressive.
FACT – This behavior is both totally unacceptable in the hunting community and society in general. Any pigdog that shows excessive aggression to humans, other dogs or any other animal is immediately removed from a hunting pack. This dog will not be reintroduced back into the pack unless this behavior can be corrected and is removed from any breeding program. It is however totally acceptable for your dog to bark when visitors arrive or something startles them, especially at night, this is perfectly normal behavior and acceptable for all dogs in society.
Please remember you and your dog are representing the hunting community, be safe, be responsible, follow the laws and regulations for your area and most importantly have fun.
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