Dogs have accompanied their owners on the hunt for hundreds of years. The nobility of Europe owned hounds that they used to assist them in chasing foxes and other prey as a pastime of the wealthy. Early Americans used dogs as hunting companions to flush out prey. Hounds such as the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound were mated with Bloodhounds to develop the Coonhound, a dog that was utilized to hunt raccoons. Even today, there are still a few hunters who train their dogs to flush out deer and birds as they hunt. The hunting dog is a working dog with a great deal of energy as they were once expected to run several miles a day. Although many people now own these dogs for pleasure and not as a hunter, you must still provide ample activity for the natural-born hunter.
The hunting dog is one that can be from several working breeds. Hounds, setters, retrievers, and some terriers can be considered hunting dogs. These dogs were developed to have strength and endurance on the hunting field. Today, the skills these dogs proudly possess aren't so much in demand. However, there are many events that you can participate in that allow your hunter to work off that energy and harness their natural instincts. From flyball to therapy work, the hunting dog still has a place in society.