After lots of back and forth between a beagle, dachshund or a drever, I finally decided that a dachshund/ teckel ticked all of the boxes in my requirements. I decided upon a standard size, short haired, black and tan dog which I will train to hunt roe deer and hare, as well as blood tracking. In Norway you are permitted to use small dogs for hunting deer, the small body and short legs of the dachshund ensures there is no chance of the roe deer being chased down to exhaustion and caught, the dachshund simply locates the fresh tracks of the deer and bumbles along barking as it follows them, the roe deer then simply begin to move around in the terrain and its the hope that they will pass one of the occupied hunting posts.
Here are some pictures of the new addition, he will be named 'Geordie' ( pronounced Jordy) which is a term given to people from the North East of England and is where I grew up.
I pick him up from the breeder this weekend when he turns eight weeks old, I'm counting down the hours :-)
He comes from great hunting lines and his father is a Swedish Hunting Champion, I look forward to enjoying many hours now in the forest training him to hunt and track - hopefully he's got some of his fathers talent!
My blog will be updated with the action and his achievements as and when it happens.
Thanks for reading!