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15 Dog breeds that make great hunters

Small-game hunting

6. Beagle


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Beagles are the ultimate rabbit hunters. Compact and energetic, they can suss out their game from the briar patch or chase them in circles so you’ll have a better shot. (It also happens to be only No. 2 or 3 to the bloodhound in terms of quality sniffers.)

7. Appalachian Turkey Dog

Appalachian turkey dogs

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This cutie-pie is a serious specialist. While they aren’t recognized as a breed by the AKC, if you’re looking for a turkey-hunting dog, who cares about papers.

8. Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino

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Larger, more powerful and more athletic than a Pit Bull, the Dogo Argentino is a natural choice for hunting feral pigs. They look just as intimidating as a Pit Bull and are just a fierce — and just as loyal and friendly. They’re also less dog-aggressive than a Pit.

9. Treeing Walker Hound

Treeing Walker hound

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These babies are fast, loud and nosey — in a good way. They have a great nose. These are all-around good hunting dogs. Used mostly for coon hunting, they can also chase down larger game like deer, small rodents and even chase cougars, bears and coyotes, making them double as excellent protection in the woods.

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