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Origins of Modern Hunting Dogs

Jeffery S. Fraser runs Tsaina Lodge near Valdez, Alaska. When not tending to his business and his guests, Jeffery Fraser makes time for hunting and fishing in the Alaskan wilderness, often with the company of a trained bird dog.

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Origins of Modern Hunting Dogs

  1. 1. Origins of Modern Hunting Dogs Jeffery Fraser
  2. 2. Introduction • Jeffery S. Fraser runs Tsaina Lodge near Valdez, Alaska. When not tending to his business and his guests, Jeffery Fraser makes time for hunting and fishing in the Alaskan wilderness, often with the company of a trained bird dog. Dogs have assisted humans in their hunting efforts for many thousands of years. The tradition dates back at least 20,000 years, though it did not begin to take its modern form until the dawn of agriculture, when humans began to selectively breed pointers, greyhounds, shepherds, mastiffs, and wolves. Today, most hunting dogs can trace their ancestry to these five breeds.
  3. 3. Hunting Dogs • Modern dog hunting relies on pointing, tracking, and retrieving. Many dogs can creep up to prey and then indicate its location by pointing or setting. Other dogs are talented at tracking game over long distances by scent. In bird hunting, retrieving is important as well. Dogs are expected to pick up fallen game carefully with a “soft mouth” and return it to their master without damage. •

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