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But then I would have to suppress the rabbits and he's much better at it than me! When you have ... not fluffy little bundles of cuteness they are an introduced pest that will ruin the environment given half a chance.

you've got my sympathies. i'm inundated with rabbits, too. there are zillions of them around me. the coyotes and raptors do what they can, but they don't make a dent in the rabbit population. nor does the few that my dogs catch. at just about any given time, i can look out my front door and see 10-15 bunnies grazing in my yard. i really can't get too worked up about the dogs getting a few of them, as the rabbits seem to be thriving.

shelly
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Pardon my ignorance but what is a sighthound? How do I know if I have one?

Sighthounds are the part of the hound group that hunt primiarily by sight (as opposed to scenthounds, like Bassets). The ... Irish Wolfhounds, Saluki, Basenji are all sighthounds. Long-distance runners, with good eyesight, who see something and whoosh they're after it.

And my Chinese Crested sure acts like she's one - exhibits all the above behaviours.

Debbie the Dogged das at spamcop dot net
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For some pics of differnt sighthounds: http://www.asfa.org / It's worth mentioning that other dogs besides sighthounds also kill animals by shaking, ... is a sighthound, he is LYING. Sure, he's fast and sight-oriented, but he looks mostly to be commposed herding breeds.

I saw Harlan's twin at an adoption day over the weekend. He was being billed as a GSD mix of some kind.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Aren't Rhodesian Ridgebacks one of those anomolous breeds that're classified under both the sight and scent hound labels?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Aren't Rhodesian Ridgebacks one of those anomolous breeds that're classified under both the sight and scent hound labels?

Could be, though I've never seen them classified as scenthounds.

Mustang Sally
I saw Harlan's twin at an adoption day over the weekend. He was being billed as a GSD mix of some kind.

Yeah, Harlan too. I'm assuming based on his sable coloring.
If you have a sighthound, you'd probably know it. What kind of dog do you have? Mustang Sally

Australian Kelpie. A herding dog, smart, independent and protective. His sight seems dubious, if we get separated by any distance he will find me by sound first - ears like radar antenae. If a rabbit freezes it becomes invisible to him, I have walked over with him at heel to 5ft from a rabbit "hiding" behind three blades of grass and then sent him forward, he jumped over the rabbit and didn't reaslise what it was until it ran. That was a mistake on the part of the rabbit.
Scenting ability seems very sensitive but not developed to be of great practical use. He can tell that some animal has been around but he runs in circles without tracking where they went.
David
If you have a sighthound, you'd probably know it. What kind of dog do you have? Mustang Sally

Australian Kelpie. A herding dog, smart, independent and protective. His sight seems dubious, if we get separated by any distance ... rabbit and didn't reaslise what it was until it ran. That was a mistake on the part of the rabbit.

Did he catch it?
Scenting ability seems very sensitive but not developed to be of great practical use. He can tell that some animal has been around but he runs in circles without tracking where they went.

I'm sure herding dogs have excellent eyesight and sense of smell as well, but they're neither sighthounds nor scenthounds.

Mustang Sally
I have walked over with him at heel to 5ft from a rabbit
"hiding" behind three blades of grass and then sent him ... ran. That wasa mistake on the part of the rabbit.

Did he catch it?

Yes. And ate it.
I'm sure herding dogs have excellent eyesight and sense of smell as well, but they're neither sighthounds nor scenthounds.

Thanks for the distinction between ability and the designation of the hound.

David
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