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  • im looking for a good bird dog but im not sure on what breed?

    im looking for a good bird dog but im not sure on what breed?

  • #2
    What kind of birds do you intend on hunting?Certain breeds of dogs excell in certain situations....Labs for waterfowl, Britanny's and setters for grouse and woodcock, pointers for pheasant and chukars.Most bird dogs are somewhat species specific, but that doesnt mean they cant be taught to hunt other species of birds.

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    • #3
      I favor the Britanny for upland birds. Sweet disposition and eager to please. German shorthairs are rugged but seem to require a heavy hand. Springer Spaniels can be stubborn. Labradors are willing workers but seem to tire easily, perhaps because of the weight.
      These obsevations are based on a limited number of dogs in each breed, so other people may have had different experience.
      Hope this helps.

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      • #4
        Hey Duck101,

        As BigJake said, it depends upon what type of birds (waterfowl? pheasant? quail? chukar? a mixed bag?)and habitat (heavy woodland cover? wide-open prairie? harsh desert? hot? cold?) you'll be hunting, as well as your personal living/training situation (apartment? house with big yard? children present?). If you can give a little more information on those things, you'll probably get more helpful answers.

        Brian Lynn
        OL.com Gun Dogs Blog Editor

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        • #5
          You will get as many different answers as there are dog breeds. As Brian stated, you need to take alot of different factors into account before picking the "best" bird dog. I favor my German Wire-Haired Griffons for several reasons. I hunt alot more upland game birds than I do waterfowl. I also live and hunt where the weather can become extremely cold, the Griffons have a great under coat for warmth. Griffons also make exceptional family pets. But, Griffons have their draw backs as well. Check out this link. http://www.griffonpoint.com/

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          • #6
            I personally own a German Shorthair and a Vizsla. My shorthair is a great all around dog. He does extremely well hunting upland birds (pheasants, quial, chukar) and he also loves to retrieve ducks and geese out of water even when it is well below freezing. My female Vizsla has a magnificant nose, but shes not a fan of cold water. It all depends of what you are hunting, where you live/hunt and what your desires in a hunting partner are. Post some more details and you will get more detailed answers.

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            • #7
              i have 4 labs that i hunt waterfowl upland birds and even turkeys in the fall... judging by your username you generally hunt ducks so i would definatly go with a lab because they are easy to train and eger to please

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              • #8
                Depends on the type of birds and how much training opportunity you have. If it's ducks, I must quote the author of a well-known training manual, "Get the most expensive Labrador you can find." Forget about cost. Study the classifieds at Working Retriever Central. Hold out for the offspring of National Champions. The best upland dog I ever saw was an English Pointer. Again, he was an extremely competitive field trial dog. To quote another training manual author,"The best field trial dogs are also the best hinters". Probably also the most intelligent and the best companions, if you're smart.

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                • #9
                  BLACK LAB.........

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                  • #10
                    I am partial to the wirehaired pointing griffon. But it depends on what you want. Do you want to hunt water and field? Do you have a family that the dog will be a part of? A couple places for information on the WPG are, <a href="http://www.awpga.com">http://www.awpga.com</a>, <a href="http://www.tmpkennels.com">http://www.tmpkennels.com</a>, <a href="http://www.akc.org/breeds/wirehaired_pointing_griffon">http://www.akc.org/breeds/wirehaired_pointing_griffon</a>. You can also check out <a href="http://www.navhda.org">http://www.navhda.org</a> for local NAVHDA clubs that might be able to let you see dogs working at some of their events.

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