Not mine. She is the sleep on the recliner sort of beagle. She is 8 now though. But she was never a big hunter. My jack russell on the other hand, hunts lizzards and frogs and snakes and anything that moves.
Mine loves scenting and killed a rat once, but she's never done any hunting (though when she was little several hunters stopped me and tried to convince me to let them train her saying that it was cruelty not to hunt a hound!). But once when we were out walking we came across a hunting Beagle and it was the funniest thing, that hound had his nose so stuck to the ground he raced past and around us and never even registered we were there - Beaglina was lovestruck!
Susi is a natural hunter and no small creature is safe from her in our garden. Snoopy is not quite a hunter apart from hunting food. Because beagles are born hunters it is important to keep them on the leash when outside a safe/enclosed area.
All hunting breeds are born with that ability! But some are
better than others, & I am biased toward beags since Daisy,
Snapper & Duke were very good at hunting small game!
Goober, had limited experience in the field as Snowshoe
rabbits are rare here & so are the bird species that I used
to hunt in California. Beags are too small to traverse the
rough terrain when hunting big game, & Homer-the-Huge turned-
out to be a wuss in the field without Grandpaw @ his side!
Rufus & Nibbler have never hunted a day in their life with
us, but they have killed their share of birds & rodents like
Goob's did in their own yards!
(But, fishing is
something ALL our hounds have loved to be a part of)!!!
Mine's only 4 months and he's killed probably 5 or 6 chipmunks, tried to go after a possum but we grabbed him before hand, and chased some baby skunks (there were 4) around the yard i think he just didn't know which one to go for first so they all survived. He keeps trying to stalk the canadian geese that try to sit in our pool, its soo funny he's so catlike when he stalks them. He hasn't been able to nab one yet, good thing too since their like twice his size. The good part is that he isn't much of a howler, even when he's scenting. We weren't really surprised aparently his father and mother were both Trial dogs who actively hunt. I'm going to take him to his first trial in feb. We'll see how that goes
Yes! Ours get on a scent in the back yard almost every morning. We have cats, rats and other critters come in our yard at night. In the mornings when we let Sadie and Pooh out to go pee, if they sniff a scent of a critter, they go crazy. Tails wagging furiously, running with noses to the ground. Pooh Bear makes a crying sound when he is on a scent. Sadie makes a chicken cackle sound and a loud sharp bark, bark, bark. Ours have caught birds and squirrels and a rat.
My beagle, Molly is an avid rabbit hunter. It took a lot of work on our part and her part to fine tune her instincts and develop recall with her (most important). She goes every year and loves every minute of it as do all the hunters that accompany her.
I have twin sisters and Jasmine my tri-color would spend all day hunting and digging to get to something. But Maggie my lemon could care less. Like I say shes built for comfort not speed...I do wish they had more ways to get the beags involved in my area..
Maggie likes to hunt my cats also but for the most part they have made their feelings known on the issue and except for the cat that runs, she leaves them alone.
There have been several encounters with raccoons in my back yard. I have to be really careful about letting Maggie out at night. I know they could hurt her if she cuts off the escape route.
Living in the city, there aren't a lot of critters for them to hunt, but we do have squirrels and the beags go after them, but the squirrels will not come off the fence and it drives all the dogs crazy.
Violet hunts Duke and the cat all the time, she stalks them and points and finally, runs and pounces. The cat is not amused.
Jersey isn't much of a hunter. She's walked by a bunny while on walks before and never even noticed. Amber loved to hunt lizards. She'd catch them, play with them until they died and then leave them on the doorstep for us.