Till now most of you probably already know that for truffle hunting you need a specially trained dog. The reason for that is that dogs have highly developed scent which is crucial since the truffles are buried underground.
Many future truffle hunters are wondering which dog is the best for truffle hunting. „What kind of dog should I acquire“ is one of the most common questions I get from people. And I always answer without hesitation that in my long experience the best dog is the one which will be good trained. We do not have special kind of dogs for truffle hunting. You can use any. We mostly use pure mix/mad kind of dogs.
Searching for truffles is definitely the most exciting part when talking about truffles in general. Maybe except eating them. Let’s say you decided to put yourself into adventure and to try first hand how it looks like hunting the truffles. You took some courses, read some books, acquired yourself a good trained dog. But what’s next? How do you start and, more important, when do you start?
If you ever wondered how are truffles hunted, we give you a quick insight into the matter.
While in the past female pigs were mostly used in truffle hunting, today dogs are widely considered as best in business. Pigs have an excellent scent and are therefore perfect for smelling a truffle, mostly because they contain androstenol, a sex hormone found in the saliva of male pigs. However, there are numerous downsides in using a pig as a truffle hunter. It is here that the man’s best friend comes into the scene.