Our mission is to preserve the Teckel's (dachshund's) hunting heritage and to promote their usefulness in the field. We are deeply committed to wildlife and countryside conservation and firmly believe in ethical hunting and animal welfare.
The German term "Gebrauchshund" means "useful" hunting dog and the German Jaeger places great emphasis on testing to determine whether, and to what degree, a dog is "useful." Teckels are used in a variety of roles to support hunters in their work, including tracking and locating shot game, locating, baying and flushing underground quarry and flushing rabbits from thick cover and dens.
We also run fun Tracking Days.
We live close to
moorland and local farmers will often ask us to help them clear their barns of
rats or to get the dogs to find and flush any troublesome foxes, to the gun.
Dachshunds are not terriers and do not hunt like terriers, neither do they hunt
like a pack of foxhounds, their role is not to chase, corner and kill.
Their role is to use their nose and their bravery to find and flush foxes to the
gun, at the request of farmers or landowners, who have a problem. The aim
is not for the dogs to get into combat or to put themselves in danger. As
in Germany, we observe a "closed" season, to give vixens the opportunity to
raise their young in peace. In Germany, Bernd was required to pass long
and stringent examinations (Die
Jägerprüfung) so that is the
code of ethics we adhere to. The controlling of foxes is required to
retain balance and to preserve and maintain wildlife as a whole.
Preservation is at the forefront of our minds and this is borne out by ongoing
studies that prove the flourishing of species such as ground nesting birds,
where foxes are moderately controlled. The fox has no natural predator so
it sometimes becomes necessary to prevent an area becoming overrun with foxes,
in order to ensure other species are not decimated. Natural instinct helps
the dogs to find and flush vermin, which would be completely unscentable to us.
A dogs nose can separate smells and identify them individually. For
example, we will smell a stew cooking, whereas a dog would smell, carrots, meat,
onions and stock.