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 what is the best dog 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.
Important qualities a dog should have are a good nose, intelligence, curiosity, devotion, motivation, which can be found in many dog breeds or mixed breed dogs. Every breed has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of them are easily distracted, some other breeds, on the other hand do not keep their noses on the ground the whole time, while some of them have a short snout and have therefore weaker sense of smell. But every dog can be trained to be a good truffle hunter.
Nevertheless, there are always debates among truffle hunters what is the best dog for truffle hunting. Some truffle hunters prefer some breeds over some others. Some hunters have their own preferences and favourites. The choice depends also on the environment and terrain in which the search is taking place.
Looking at the tradition, there are however some favourites which are considered as best in truffle hunting: Lagotto Romagnolo, Jack Russel, Pointer, Spinone Italiano, Pointer, Griffon, Cocker are among the most popular.
It is worth to say that the Lagotto Romagnolo is considered to be the only breed which is specialized in truffle hunting and is therefore worthy of special mention.