Updated: December 12, 2016
Both our litters will be sired by our top tracking dog Tommy (FC Tom Vom Linteler-Forst, V, Sfk, SchwhK prize I/100 points). Tommy was bred by Dieter Engel (Germany) and we imported him as a young puppy. This is his pedigree:
- Tommy is a healthy, friendly, affectionate and intelligent dog with a strong desire to please. His level of energy is high. This is a dog that needs a fair amount of exercise.
- At the NATC Zuchtschau judged by Mme Agnes de France his conformation was rated as excellent (vorzüglich). His wirehaired coat is ideal with thick undercoat and harsh, wiry topcoat. He has a strong, beautiful head with a very nice beard.
- Tommy has a very strong hunting drive and opens freely on live game such as rabbits. His nose is powerful, and he trails rabbits fast. He finished his AKC Field Championship with two first places and one second. In November 2011 at the Buckeye Dachshund Club Invitation Field Trial he was awarded the Oscar Award. He showed us good aggressiveness towards woodchucks when he was confronted by one.
- Despite his high energy level Tommy is a focused tracking dog who does close, careful check work. His nose is excellent. He is Deer Search certified - in April 2012 he received Prize I, 90 points, on a certification 1000-yard, 20-hour old track. On June 9, 2012 he passed the DTK/NATC blood tracking test with a perfect score of 100 points and Prize I. He has done very well as a natural blood tracker. Tommy is a prepotent stud dog and he has produced excellent blood tracking and field trialing dogs.
- Tommy's pictures taken over the years can be viewed here.
- These are video clips of Tommy's natural tracks: Tommy was handled by Jolanta and Tommy handled by John.
We get a lot of inquiries about dachshund puppies that would be good prospects for blood tracking, and we would like to help hunters locate right breeders. You might hear differently, and everybody is entitled to his own opinion, but not all dachshunds are good candidates for blood tracking. Of course it matters what kind of training pups will receive and how they are handled, but genetics and an early start matter too... A LOT.
The dachshund is a versatile hunting breed, and in Europe it is widely used for fox and badger hunting, game flushing and retrieving, and blood tracking. Because of different hunting traditions and different game, in North America the hunting dachshund is used mainly for blood tracking (standard dachshunds), falconry and woodchuck hunting (minis). If you are looking for a puppy primarily for blood tracking, make sure that you ask a breeder about priorities in his/her breeding program. Ask what traits are being selected for, what experience in the field the dogs have etc. Of course, you also need to ask many more questions about a health guarantee and the support you are going to get once you purchase a pup. Price is not the only thing that matters!
It is not easy to get a wirehaired dachshund puppy out of European working lines as there are very few breeders of these dogs in the whole country. Almost always there is waiting time involved. Most breeders have pups in spring and summer. If you are planning to get a puppy for blood tracking purposes, make sure that you have a good supply of deer blood, organs, hides and legs for training purposes.