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Best Hunting Dog?

Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 07:33 AM | Reply #21 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/19/2006
Location: ND

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.

Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 07:43 AM | Reply #22 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
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.
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 07:59 AM | Reply #23 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2004
Location: ND

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Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 08:16 AM | Reply #24 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
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Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 08:34 AM | Reply #25 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
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.
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 08:56 AM | Reply #26 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/11/2005
Location: ND
Horsage hit the nail on the head.

But I always have loved my Springers.

Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 09:40 AM | Reply #27 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/25/2007
Location: ND

DDriessen,

does your springer/brit cross flush or point?

Born to hunt and fish... Forced to work!
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 10:23 AM | Reply #28 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/29/2009
Location: ND
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.

"Now if only I had pockets, I'd have somewhere for the remote."

"Lifes tough pilgrim, and it's even tougher if you're stupid"  --John Wayne
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 10:33 AM | Reply #29 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/04/2007
Location: ND
 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.
 
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/10/2009 10:37 AM | Reply #30 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/04/2007
Location: ND
 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!
 
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/28/2009 10:13 PM | Reply #31 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/28/2006
Location: ND
I have a yellow lab, she has a very good nose and makes a great family dog.  She is in the house year round.  Labs make good house dogs, provided you don't mind a little shedding.  Can't find a better mannered dog or one that is protective of the house and family.
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by on 12/28/2009 11:55 PM | Reply #32 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2004
Location: ND
ringneckbuster Said:
Horsage hit the nail on the head.

But I always have loved my Springers.
I have no use for lap dogs. 

Stay thirsty my friends
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 00:44 AM | Reply #33 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/05/2004
Location: ND
I just got a Black British Lab and I hope this is the best hunting/house/family dog.  So far she has put many smiles on my face.  For a puppy I couldnt be happier with her control.  Where ever she goes her nose is on the ground, doesnt mind feathers and will do almost anything for food or praise.  Cant wait till next fall.  Sit, Stay, Come, No everything is suppose to be gravy....we will see about that.
 
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by on 12/29/2009 03:53 AM | Reply #34 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2006
Location: ND
riverview Said:
The one laying at my feet
I agree I wouldn't trade my Chocolate Lab for anything.

I joined the military not only to fight for my country but to fight for those that can't fight for themselves. Thats why I'm here.

Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 11:17 AM | Reply #35 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2008
Location: ND
A item to consider between flushers and pointers is that with a pointer you can to some degree control the direction that the bird flushes. Which sets up an easier shot. And you have both feet on the ground when you send the dog in to make the flush. Shooting over a dogs head rings his bells. I don't like it when it happens to me and I'm sure it is worse for your dog. If the pointer is steady sometimes you can approach from the left side, which puts the dog in the clear and the flying bird at a position from 9 to 2 o'clock. It sounds picky but the left side is best if you are right handed.
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 11:31 AM | Reply #36 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/18/2007
Location: ND
Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 11:40 AM | Reply #37 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/31/2003
Location: ND
SHORTHAIRSRUS Said:


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
I never thought I would say this because my dad and uncles always had either yellow or black pointing labs, but I'm REALLY glad I bought a shorthair. Yeah, he is kindof a spaz sometimes, but has a great disposition, smarter than heck, actually too smart, I have to spell out words like treat, etc, good family dog, very protective, and good lookin! They don't quit either. Took him out in October with a black lab, he ran into a barbwire fence, and had tore up paws/dewclaws, and just wouldn't quit! This lab was a vet too, very good hunting background, older dog, and my dog kept right up with her.


Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 12:10 PM | Reply #38 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
Springers are good all around dogs in my opinion.  Long hair (can handle cold unlike the "other" dogs).  They are a good water dog.  They are small.  Don't have badger claws for nails.  Easier hair clean up.  Good enthusiasm, good noses.  Downfall?  Like any dog, if untrained, a disaster.  And of course, cleanup after hunting but that is often easily handled with proper grooming etc.  Springers can also get a little testy when they get older.

Number one?  Pick a dog that complements your family, what kind of property you have to house your dog and the style of hunting (landscape) you hunt most often.

I like springers, therefore I will hunt over a springer.  Not to mention, you can't hunt all year long so having a dog that works good as a pet is something to strongly consider.  Unless, of course, you are a diehard hunter that doesn't have that "attachment" to your dog whereas it is a tool instead of a pet.  Not sure how many of those types are out there but you hear of those type of guys every now and then.

Many breeds are good.  It is like a Ford versus Chevy versus Dodge argument.  But choosing a dog based off your hunting style, your house and lifestyle, and family is what you should use most in determining your dog.




 
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Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 12:20 PM | Reply #39 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2004
Location: ND
gettin jiggy wit it - jiggin josh - on board!!!!!!!!wit da shorthairs!!!!!

hey I almost forgot - congrats josh on the newbyorn!!! 
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Re: Best Hunting Dog?
by on 12/29/2009 4:15 PM | Reply #40 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/13/2006
Location: ND
I have yet to see any dog outhunt a good german shorthair.  IF I wasn't on the road so much I would already own one, maybe 2.  I can dream can't I?
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