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Thread: The Temperament of a Pigging Dog?

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    Any dog can be a killer. My parent's Jack Russell, who is a very spoilt boy, is a good example. He is a fair mouser. He's caught a bird, just one of those nasty introduced Indian Mynas, and one New Years Eve he bagged himself a possum.

    Mum and Dad hosted a party in the backyard that year. At the end of the evening they decided to leave the cleaning till the morning. In the morning Mum got up, went outside and found grey fur all over the backyard. After a little consideration she realised that a possum got into some of the wine left in the glasses on the table. The possum got drunk and so the dog got the possum. Poor thing. I think it took Mum at least a week to get over it she felt so guilty, but how could she know that would happen?

    Anyhow, any dog can kill. Even the most pampered pets.

    Edit: I agree Laura77 Dogs trained to kill/hunt are a different thing, but at the same time it must come back to how the owners treat them.
    Last edited by 3690anmari; 06-12-2010 at 10:33 PM.

  2. #42
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    May 2009


    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    there is trained hunting and natural hunting thats all im saying
    Fair point actually. I'll take that.
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  3. #43
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    Mar 2010


    Pigdogs are not trained to kill at all by responsible piggers, because most of them want to sell the carcase the dogs do not damage the pig let alone kill it, the exporters will not take damaged carcases so killing machines they are not, no more than any other dogs trained or not, any dog, given the chance and right stimulus will kill, once prey drive kicks in house pet is gone, hunter / killer is in, breed does not matter,nor does training, some breeds take more to get into prey drive than others, some terriers are particularly sharp, so are some herders.

    Town dogs, household pets by day, often do horrific damage to stock on properties close to towns , it has nothing to do with training and all to do with uncontrolled dogs, one dog shot in our area for killing sheep in company of a half dozen others some 12 ks from town was a Corgi, his owners could not believe their pet could even walk that far, they had never locked him up for that reason.

    AF, you say farm, so are not from the outback, there is a difference, it may be possible to control pigs in closely populated areas by other means than guns and dogs, not sure, I am darn sure we need both dogs and guns out here.

    Whilst eschewing a pacifists stance you are on the other hand trying to down thousands of good family pet/ working dogs who are an essential part of this country, without them many farmers and graziers would lose many millions more than they already do to pigs, forget the sporting side of it, I don't much like that either but culling pigs is necessary and if you truly had any understanding of things rural you would know this.

  4. #44
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    Oct 2009
    Devonport, Tasmania


    Thanks for answering my question, MM.

    I guess like anything there is good and bad in everything, some breeders aren't great, some dog owners aren't great, but your reply gives me more insight into what the general responsible owner with trained pig dogs uses them for and how.

  5. #45
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    Sep 2009
    Western Victoria


    Yes, and going back to the original question, a new owner would be well advised to be cautious due to the nature and past treatment of the dog in question; and not so much for the fact that it had been used for hunting.

    I have known hunting dogs that would safely sleep on a childs bed; and I have seen hunting dogs that would keep me locked in the car!
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