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Best Hunting Dog?

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?

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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.

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The one laying at my feet

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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 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. 

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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.  

http://www.rogermgreen.com/drahthaar/index.php

 

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You are going to get a lot of answers here because every one has their own "perfect" breed they rely on. Here is my two cents on the subject.

Pick a breed that FITS your lifestyle or your family's lifestyle.  This is the biggest mistake I see with people who go get a dog...hunting or otherwise.  Just because your single buddy loves his GSP and you think it hunts great, it might not be the right choice for you and your family. 

I love my brittany/springer.  I will probably never shoot as many birds behind her as I have with her, however she was a great dog when I was single, young, etc..  Now that I have 2 young boys, she is a hard fit in this family.  I just can't get her out for the exercise this dog demands.  A lab is a better fit for us.  I won't get rid of my brittany/springer, but I am not going to go out and get another one at this point in my life.  Just doesnt' FIT. 

For mauser, this is a good resource for you: http://www.drahthaar.com/

20 plus yrs behind all sorts of dogs.  Mostly labs, but I have hunted with or behind some top notch pointers (Dick's is pretty darn good).  My best friend is on his second Drathaar and I am very impressed with this breed.  I also have friends with English cockers and they were pretty top notch as well.  And I shoot plenty of birds behind my springer/brittany cross.

Take your time and figured out what hunting you plan to do, what your age and health is like, and how you want to hunt (want to flush them yourself or follow a flusher around?).

BTW, last weekend my lab went on point with a rooster just under her nose and the drathaar honored the point from about 20 yards out.  Not something you see every day.

Take a kid hunting instead of hunting for your kid.

First I am a Dad, then a husband, then a hunter.  Sometimes I get the husband and hunter mixed up, but luckily my wife remembers what order they should be in. :-)

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I have hunted behind all colors of labs, springers, and english cockers.  Each dog had their strengths and weaknesses.  The labs are strong as an ox and plow through cover with shear strength and most have good noses(I grew up wth a trim 95lb lab and he had a phenominal nose).  I just picked up an english cocker and took him out pheasant hunting 2 times, the second time he outshined my expectations(good nose and hard worker @ 10 months old.  I agree with others that training is the ultimate variable.  I picked the english cocker because they are a great house dog too.  Very little shedding and managable size.

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I am fairly new the hunting dog thing but went with a GWP and love him he is awsome at pointing out birds and holding on them, He is struggling with the retrieving a little but he just turned a year old and will get it with time.  I also keep him inside all the time is not too bad to deal with being indoors.

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I am a lab guy, and love my pointing lab.  He is 60 to 65 pounds depending on the time of year.  I just got another lab that is supposed to point, and I hope she does.  I do agree on getting the dog that fits the family.  BTW both are family pets first, and hunting dogs second, as they are both in the house.
 

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I tell you boys right now - if not runnin a shorthair - your not runnin $hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am one the "elite bird dogs known to man".   Now alot of you dont have the patience to own me.   I know I can be a little bit hyper now and then - but come on now - do you want the BEST - or do you want be like the "rest".     SHORTHAIRSRUS

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Shorthairs...how did you post that pic?
 

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web cam pic - with my paw!!!

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i would pick ndthwacker's dog koda.....she is a stud black lab...great hunter and even better dog....

I am a deer hunter, one thing about deer is they have very good vision, one thing about me is i am better at hiding then they are at vision.

If you have to think twice....he is not a shooter!

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Can't find a better dog for the family or the field.  Gentle as a church mouse with my kids but a pheasant finding/flushing/retrieving machine in the field.  He knows when to "turn-it-on".  BTW, he's an English Springer Spaniel.

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When I was growing up, we always had English Setters, and I guess I'm partial to them. I love the way they hunt and they are great family dogs.

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The best dog is the one that spends it's life with you. Period! You build dreams and memories and a relationship that only you and your dog can share. You ask what the best hunting dog is? How can you answer that? How you hunt, what you hunt, where you live,inside or outside? country or town? geese or pheasants? and many other variables play into what dog is the best hunting dog for you. All I can tell you is that I wouldn't trade any I have owned for yours or any I will own in the future either! They are like family to me and part of who I am. In fact I like mine better than most of my family so don't make me choose. You will get some pretty passionate answers to this because of guys and their dog relationships and it's really kind of a personal choice that has no right answer.

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This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.



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I'm a Lab fan, but the best dog is the one that has good enough breeding to have good hunting insticts, is in shape enough to hunt all day, and LISTENS enough to always be under control of it's owner.  If the dog doesn't have all three of these, it's just going to hurt you more than help you out in the field.

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Horsage hit the nail on the head.

But I always have loved my Springers.

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DDriessen,

does your springer/brit cross flush or point?

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Nanky Said:

When I was growing up, we always had English Setters, and I guess I'm partial to them. I love the way they hunt and they are great family dogs.

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 I would prefer to hunt behind either a brittany or springer spaniel, but they are only dogs I've ever had, so that plays a big part.  For those people that say brittanys are to hyper, all you have to do is spend time with them.  If your brittany is around you a lot, they seem to settle down within the first year of their life.

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 I would prefer to hunt behind either a brittany or springer spaniel, but they are only dogs I've ever had, so that plays a big part.  For those people that say brittanys are to hyper, all you have to do is spend time with them.  If your brittany is around you a lot, they seem to settle down within the first year of their life.

Horsager those are some great pictures!

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