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Rabbit Hunting Dogs

Rabbits are found in most parts of the world They are not rodents, as they may appear, but are actually members of the order lagomorpha. A healthy rabbit can live fifteen years Rabbits have been eaten and also hunted for thousands of years. Rabbit meat is an good source of protein. The meat is lower in fat than pork or chicken.

Rabbit hunting dogs usually fall into two categories, and which you use depends, for the most part, on what type of rabbit hunting you are doing. This is not to say that only two classes of dog are fit to hunt rabbits. Any dog that has the inclination to chase a rabbit on the run, and that has the speed to catch them, can be taught to "course". (Coursing is when a dog sights a rabbit from a long way away, and chases it down with blinding speed, and dispatches it with it's mighty jaws, all in a matter of seconds.) Only that some dogs have been used throughout history, by hunters, to hunt rabbits, due to their innate qualities.

For an open land hunter, who doesn't know the location of a rabbit den, the best choice of rabbit hunting dog would probably be a hound of some type. A sighthound, such as the whippet, is ideal for coursing rabbits, due to it's keep eyesight, speed, and natural predisposition to chase anything that runs. A ScentHounds, such as a blue tick coonhound, is ideal for sniffing out the location of rabbits.

For instances where the location of the warren is known, hunters often drive the rabbits underground, spread a large net over the entire area, and send terriers down the holes to flush out the rabbits or kill them. Rabbits that reach the surface alive, and are trapped in the net are shot.