"The hunting dog acts as a mediator between humans and wildlife. It is a beast among the hunted animals, yet all it lacks is speech" (source: Larousse de la Chasse). As proof, it is given a name, it understands the commands given to it, and the hunter can use it to detect the presence and cunning of the game. The time spent in complicity and collaboration with your helper, regardless of its age or breed, is unique for most hunters. Carlos, one of Solognac's product managers and the proud owner of a Brittany spaniel, boldly acknowledges: "what a pleasure it is to admire my dog's work in the early morning, in the middle of thickets alternating with meadows, crops and dense woodland".
Three quarters of all hunters in France own a dog. The trend is even more pronounced among young hunters, representing the 16-35 age group, who are quick to view their dogs as true members of the family. Moreover, it is also interesting to note that the relationship with the dog is one of the main incentives for young women to obtain a driving licence. When you are familiar with the range of breeds available, the different hunting methods applied throughout France and the physical, sensory, and aesthetic qualities of each dog, any hunter can find a suitable dog.
Clément, 28 years old, ammunition technician at Solognac, has been immersed in the hunting world since his childhood. Having grown up in Nord, France, more precisely in Bailleul, he is passionate about hunting waterfowl. It is therefore quite natural that he should choose a retriever: "Oxo, my young labrador, accompanies me almost everywhere. Of course, as soon as I leave for the marsh he follows me. It's a pleasure to have him at my side as I arrange my decoy pattern. What a satisfaction to see him running, jumping, listening, observing his environment, and being just like me on the lookout for mallards that might appear. Thanks to Oxo, I was able to introduce my girlfriend to hunting: she didn't see any particular interest in it until now, and she even passed her hunting licence. The relationship she was able to establish with the dog when she joined me on a hunt certainly played a big part".