Here are just a few of the best dog breeds for hunting feral hogs.
Different dog breeds are better for different kinds of hunting, and hog hunters in America have learned which types of dogs work best as a hog hunting dog.
If you're in the need for a boar hunting companion of the four-legged kind, we think these are the best breeds for hog dogs:
The Blue Lacy dog has to be first on this list because this dog is bred specifically for hog hunting. They're incredibly high-energy animals that don't always make good family pets, but they sure are fast and good at what they do. They're easily trainable, too, as they're typically taught to chase hog blood trails.
Black Mouth Cur
Talk about a strong dog built for work. Black mouth curs are incredibly intelligent and athletic. They are wonderful family pets as well, as they love being around people and getting lots of attention. Their coats are generally a brown-gold and they have black snouts.
The American bulldog has always been considered a work, or "catch dog," meaning they're dependable and obedient. They have a great sense of smell and can be very protective of their land and their master(s). American bulldogs have a long history of hunting, especially when it comes to wild hogs.
Remember reading the book "Where the Red Fern Grows" as a kid? Well, it's true that the Redbone is an excellent choice when it comes to hunting dog breeds. They're very smart, strong and sensitive to smell, making them great partners for hunting wild boar.
You were probably expecting to see this popular family dog at some point in here. They resemble the black mouth cur in appearance, except their history goes back to Africa where they used to chase down lions, making a wild pig seem like an easy big game quarry. This breed is also particularly sensitive and loving.
Florida Cracker Cur
The Florida cracker cur is specifically bred for its hunting abilities and has proven its worth in the South. It's bred to hunt, does great tracking feral pigs, and they come in different colors.
Walker Hounds are awesome wild boar hunting dogs. They were initially bred to hunt small game such as foxes, but they're also popular pig hunting in Texas, as they're easily trained to know the scent, and hunting is second nature to them. They love cuddling, too.
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