Tag: truffle dog

What is the best dog for truffle hunting?

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.

How are truffles hunted

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.