Blood tracking or blood trailing is a method of using tracking dogs, usually on a long tracking leash, to find wounded big game such as deer and bear. A tracking dog is usually used when there is little or no blood that the hunter can see. The dog tracks by following the blood scent and other body and footprint scents of the individual animal being tracked.
In various parts of North America
the philosophies regarding blood tracking differ considerably. In our part of the United States, the Northeast, leashed tracking dogs are used when all other attempts to find the wounded animal fail. Therefore, our goal is to breed cold nosed, patient wirehaired dachshunds capable of working a scent line that is many hours old.
John Jeanneney imported his first wirehaired dachshund from Germany in 1965 while Jolanta acquired her first teckel in 1977. In 1995 we merged our breeding programs,
and since then we have been breeding dachshunds under "von Moosbach-Zuzelek" name. Besides being breeders and dog trainers, we are also hunters, trackers, field trialers, educators, writers and self-publishers. In 2003 we published Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer, which at the time was the only book in English on blood tracking dogs, their selection,
training and use. The book has been more successful than we have ever imagined, and it has been met with enthusiastic reviews. In 2010 the second book "Dead On! Deer Anatomy and Shot Placement for Bow and Gun Hunters. Tracking Techniques for Wounded Whitetails." was released. This book was written for all deer hunters, and it shows how to kill deer quickly, cleanly and humanely. It includes information on the best tactics for finding deer on their
own if complications do arise.
This website is mainly about our dogs and their selective breeding based on European working bloodlines. Our dachshunds are used by hunters, trackers and outfitters all over the country for tracking wounded deer, bear and elk. They are also very competitive and successful in dachshund field trials run on the cottontail rabbit. From 1988 to 2014 our dachshunds gathered 60 Absolute wins (equivalent to High in Trial) in dachshund field trials,
which is a record number.
We owe a big thank you to all our "dog friends" and people who have "von Moosbach-Zuzelek" dachshunds and support our efforts. Your feedback has been invaluable to us and has helped us breed better dogs.
John & Jolanta Jeanneney
Von Moosbach-Zuzelek Dachshunds
Berne, NY, USA