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Since I already started this discussion on another thread, thought it would interesting to pose it to everyone. If you could pick one dog for upland game hunting, what would it be?
i own a weimaraner, and he is a good all around dog. he is great at pointing, retrieving, and listens well. when i take him out he doesnt need a shock collar on and responds very well to who ever he is hunting with. Excellent dog all around. German shorthairs are not a bad choice either except they are a little more hard to control than most but have an incredible nose. with the cold though you may want to consider something with a good coat. youll have to give up one thing for another.
The one laying at my feet
I've hunted behind good examples of too many different breeds to say any one is the "best". I like to have my hunting dog in the house and smaller dogs have proven easier in that regard. English Cockers work well for me right now, a smallish springer would be just as good.
IME your 1st dog trains you more than you train it. You learn what it's good at and hunt in such a manner as to play to those strengths. More often than not, that very 1st dog is the one you will compare every subsequent dog to, and it's very rare to ever get another dog that truely measured up to your 1st one. That's where the bias toward a particular breed or "class" e.i. pointer vs. flusher vs. retriever comes from IMO.
Pick a dog, train it well. If a dog knows "Come", and "No", everything else is gravy and you and everyone else will very much enjoy your time behind the dog.
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I have hunted behind both good and bad examples of upland dogs. My favorite is laying at my feet while I'm typing this. She is also my profile pic.
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I own a Wirehair but have hunted with Shorthairs and Setters and would have to say thay are all good dogs. It all depends on how much time you spend training them. I have put in a lot of time with my Drahthaar and it's worth every min!!
any colored lab
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Horsager covered the bases well. As a guy gets older a pointer is nice because you can walk up, versus the hustle behind a flusher. Most of my field time is late season-cold weather so I went with a GWP. No regrets.
I totally agree with horsager. It's hard to claim one as "the best" I grew up with a lab and for obedience and retrieving the are tuff to beat. I've spent a fair amount of time behind my uncle's britts and they are very good, his really work slow when on a fresh scent and are fun to watch, but they are a little hard headed. The best performing dogs i've hunted behind was a friends 3 GSP in oklahoma, unbelievable drive and noses, but he also spent a minimum of 3-4 hrs a day working his dogs and also was able to work his dogs while guiding for a friend. I think they would have a little trouble in our N.D. decembers, Currently I have a wirehair who is doing great, she will be 2 in January, loves hunting, listens well, retrieves, and is really mild tempered. She is only about 48 lbs, and is a great house dog which I think is important, to have your hunting dog spending all your time at home with you. This is just my .02. A good dog listens and loves to hunt that to me is a great dog.
I fully agree with Dick. If my dog goes on point 100 yards away, I walk over to her. No need to rush as she is solid on point. Dogs that range out will generally find more birds later in the season when the birds are wild. Running pheasants more often than not will make that fatal mistake of stopping. Dog points, I shoot, the family eats.
For a fact the best dogs are always well trained. Pointer or flusher.
Have any of you ever heard of a German dog called Deutsch Drahthaar Breed.
A friend of mine in Wy raiser these dogs. I went with him once Phansent hunting in westner Ne. and they worked very well. Here is a link about the dogs and is kinda interesting.