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Which dog breed can catch moles in the lawn?

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Proven to be able/trainable to catch moles.

Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.

I don't think you can count on any dog being able to do this just based on its breed. Much like not all cats are good mousers.
I think you want to find a pup from a working rodent dog background.
Very likely you want a terrier breed with a high prey drive on the individual pup.
You might want to check through local dog rescues for a dog already obsessed with mole hunting. Many times homeowners dump a dog like that because they want perfect lawns not giant craters.
Even a Border Collie can be obsessed like that
http://www.bcrescue.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?p=66219&sid=389ffabd130014e1d609ea8b3ed538fc
The Dutch Stabyhoun is reputed to be a good mole catching dog
http://dogs.about.com/library/various/blstabyhoun.htm
But the smaller terriers such as a Westie, Cairn, ***** *****, Border Terrier, Feist, Australian Terrier etc might be good possibilities if you find one with a high prey drive.
My Standard Poodle is very good at wiping out rodents from squirrels to mice and brings in a mole once in a while. So its not always the breed its the hunting drive that matters.
Hope this helps you!

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
How will I know if a pup has a "high prey drive"?
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.
This puppy aptitude test might help you with that
http://www.volhard.com/puppy/pat.htm