Far-fetched – or not?
Do your dogs kill the rabbits they catch? My lurcher tends to bring them back alive, but I have a mate who says his greyhound breaks the rabbit’s neck when he catches. The dog gets the bunny’s head in its jaws and stops, so that the rabbit’s body goes over the head, breaking its neck. Ed says: I would like to say no, they bring them all back live to hand, as that is what they should be doing. However, while most of them do, some are “a bit hard-mouthed”, meaning the rabbit is dead when they bring it back. I would prefer them to bring it back alive, but it is not the end of the world as I can sell them bruised or not. It is worth noting that while many lurchers will bring back a rabbit live to hand, other lurchers learn that a dead rabbit doesn’t kick the face. I hear all sorts of tales about dogs doing clever or strange things, some I’ve witnessed, others I’m unlikely to. If your friend has a dog that can do this, my advice is ask him to see it in action as, without evidence, I suspect it could also clean the house and do your tax return.