Advice on next dog (long question)

Discussion in 'Gun Dog Forum' started by Laboratory, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. HUNT24/7

    HUNT24/7 Senior Refuge Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Sounds like a solid choice for your situation, there are other forums dedicated to versatile breeds with tons of information. Don't limit your breeder by location, you've got tons of time to research breeders & it won't take long to find out who the best ones are, then chose one & get on the list!!!
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  2. Constructeur

    Constructeur Senior Refuge Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    It sounds like you already know that Bob is square one when it comes to PP's. I'd ask him about breedings/litter suggestions to be quite honest.
    Another research source is NAPPA,

    Let us know how you get on with the process :tu
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  3. Laboratory

    Laboratory Senior Refuge Member

    Jul 29, 2008
    Thanks for the words of encouragement. Talked to a guy that Bob recommended to contact fairly close to me. Good start, the wheels are turning. Target date is by early next summer.
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  4. 3drahthaars

    3drahthaars Elite Refuge Member

    Sep 4, 2002
    North Carolina
    Steve Boren sent me a note several weeks ago that he was having a litter... might give him a call.

    I judged two of his dogs some time ago and they got my wheels spinning about a PP. They were really nice. Super noses, field work, etc. And a "Bob" dog would be no question in my mind.

    Glad you made the move.

    Please keep in touch... will be interested in how the pup progresses.

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  5. jbrown

    jbrown Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    Chasin ducks
    I've hunted quail for 60 years and owned several different breeds of bird dogs through the years. After I retired, I went to work for a friend as a quail hunting guide at his Ga quail plantation. Ive been guiding for the last 14 years. Different breeds of bird dog all have pros and cons, you need to pick a breed that best suits the terrain you hunt and temperment you want your dog to have. English Pointers run big, most are not born retrievers, some GSP are big running dogs and most German dogs are born retrievers, they also like water. The Drahthaar usually run smaller, born retrievers and love water, great in colder weather. Setters usually don't run as big as Pointers, they retrieve well, can take cold, but seem to get hotter than the others. I've never hunted a PP, I can't speak about them. Most Pointers are not big on affection, they just want to run and point. Most German dogs love affection and can make good house dogs. You must weigh the pro's and con's, pick the best breed for how you hunt. If you hunt big open country, get a pointer or big running GSP, as a rule of thumb, the more ground the dog covers the more birds he has a chance to point. If your cover is thick, pick a dog that is suited to hunt closer to you. My favorite bird dogs are pointers, second is the GSP. If I could only have one, it would be GSP or Drahttaar. The Drahttaar would be the best combo for quail and ducks.
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