Mantrailing

There are three dog handlers with a total of four search dogs (2 bloodhounds, 1 Belgian Malinois, 1 Pointer-Podenco) actually on duty for SMEDDS; the canines do not search for tracks but for the trail only. This method can be used in rural and urban areas. Best known for mantrailing is the legendary "Bloodhound":

The Bloodhound is a scent hound of great size and strength with a noble, dignified expression. No wonder Bloodhounds look so noble and dignified (sometimes): they have a distinguished history. St. Hubert hounds, ancestors of today's Bloodhounds, helped Europeans celebrate the Millennium in the year 1000. Today's Bloodhounds are descended from those hounds, bred by Hubert, a 7th-century French monk who later became patron saint of hunters, and from hounds bred by other medieval noblemen who kept scent hounds as hunting dogs. Many strains, including hounds brought back to Europe by the Crusaders from the Holy Land, have blended to produce today's gentle giants. It was not until the 16th century that the Bloodhound was used to track humans. Mantrailing has enjoyed a steady increase in modern day law enforcement and search and rescue. Trails performed by proven trailing Bloodhounds are permissible in court. "Blood," in the breed name "bloodhound," probably comes from "blooded" - meaning a hound of pure breeding. In French-speaking parts of Europe Bloodhounds are still known as St. Hubert hounds   (the American Bloodhound Association)

 

In case of emergency, call +41 79 678 70 60 to reach SMEDDS' mantrailing duty officer.