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Re: CHAT: German help

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Saturday, July 1, 2006, 16:09
>>On 6/30/06, Stephen Mulraney <ataltane.conlang@...> wrote:
>>'Spur' actually has an English cognate - spoor, which I've mainly >>seen referring to the trail (usually of scent) left by a fleeing >>animal, and which may be tracked by a dog (do Americans call such >>dogs 'smelling nose dogs'? :-) ).
>"Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...> wrote:
>American Germans might, I suppose, but in general we call >them "bloodhounds".
Not exactly. In general we do not call them "bloodhounds." "Bloodhound" is the name of a specific breed. There are many other breeds that hunt by scent, such as beagles and the many breeds of terriers. To my knowledge, bloodhounds are no longer used in the hunt, but are used to find lost people. Other breeds have been trained to do this as well, such as German shepherds and Doberman pinschers. I do not know that there is a specific name for this type of dog. I do know that dogs which hunt by sight are called "gazehounds," e.g., Afghan hounds, borzois, greyhounds. Perhaps those that hunt by smell are called (could be called) scenthounds. Charlie


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