Dog handlers & truffle dogs

Once your trees start producing truffles, you will need your own trained hound to find them or you can use the professional truffle dogs.  Truffle dog handlers and their dogs can visit your truffle orchard for find the hidden delicacies!

Professional dog handlers include:
  • Karen Drummond has operated Truffle Dog Services since 2014. Since then, Truffle Dog Services has been locating first truffles each season, both T. melanosporum and T. borchii.  Truffle Dog Services provides truffle detection services for truffiere’s around the North Island searching and locating T. melanosporum, T. borchii, as well as T. aestivum.  During the off season Truffle Dog Services run an online Truffle Dog Training Course for Growers, find out more information here.

    Feel free to visit our website about our services and schedule, or contact us on 021 655 054 or

  •  Prue and her dogs Sirius, Peri and Caph successfully hunted many truffieres from Northland to Wellington region in the 2020 season. The dogs have many years’ truffle hunting experience and are accurate and methodical. If you have truffles, our dogs will find them!Prue is available to train truffle dogs.  Call for more information.

    Contact Prue Church to arrange your 2021 season hunts on 027 777 8220 or by email or visit Prue’s website

  • Tania Billingsley – located in the lovely Rai Valley (Marlbourgh) Tania and Kelvin Billingsley have purchased Ozzy from ex NZTruffle Dogs fame, she has worked round the country successfully finding truffle on previously non producing truffieres. We are working with Andy Billingsley to continue to breed and train truffle dogs for sale within NZ. Contact Tania on or on 021 481115.

* Providers of Truffle Detection dogs may not necessarily carry the endorsement of the NZTA. NZTA advises that users request references etc. and conduct their own research.