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#5572878 - 01/30/15 08:44 AM Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get
Brad W Offline
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Registered: 11/22/14
Posts: 7
I'm looking to purchase a bird dog and I'd like recommendations on which breed would best suit me. I've had GSPs and English pointers in the past. I found those breeds worked well for me then but I think their energy level would be to much for me now. I've been looking at English setters but I don't know much about the breed. What I'm looking for is a breed that is fairly calm indoors, but a hard worker in the field. Easy to train and a good family dog. I love the GSPs but again their energy level is to high for me these days. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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#5572909 - 01/30/15 08:52 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
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I've never met a healthy bird dog pup that wasn't energetic. They all have to be trained, to know when it's ok to run hard and when to have house manners. English Setters are great dogs.
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#5572932 - 01/30/15 09:05 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
Brad W Offline
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Registered: 11/22/14
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I know bird dogs tend to have a lot of energy in general. I guess what I'm asking is do GSPs and Pointers tend to have more energy then say a setter or a Brittany? I've been around a few Brittany's that seem to be a lot more low key than the Gsps or Pointers I've owned in the past.

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#5572953 - 01/30/15 09:21 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
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red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
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Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
You want to avoid vizslas then. They are great dogs but 1000# of nuclear power in a 40# bag.
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#5572984 - 01/30/15 09:34 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Barny Topwater]
Brad W Offline
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Registered: 11/22/14
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Yup. I have a buddy with a Vizsla. The dog has a good handle but it never stops moving. Even when told to sit it looks like it's about to have a seizure. It won't break the position but it's whole body twitches while sitting.

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#5573057 - 01/30/15 10:09 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
Raymond07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/10
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My Brittany is 10x wilder than my pointers. All are housedogs as well. It really just depends on the specific dog. Train them in basic obedience and any can fit the bill.

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#5573060 - 01/30/15 10:11 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
bill oxner Online   content
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Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: Richmond
I like all breeds of pointing dogs from pointers own down.
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#5573206 - 01/30/15 11:28 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
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Registered: 01/27/08
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There are gsp and pointers that are calm in the house you just have to look. I have heard great things about yellow rose kennels that has pointers.
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#5573456 - 01/30/15 01:29 PM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
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I just got my first German wirehair and I'm impressed with her personality.

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#5573491 - 01/30/15 01:57 PM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: SSS Ranch]
Brad W Offline
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Registered: 11/22/14
Posts: 7
I've always been curious about the wirehairs.. What do you like about her?

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#5573532 - 01/30/15 02:14 PM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: MS1454]
bill oxner Online   content
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
There are gsp and pointers that are calm in the house you just have to look.


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#5573588 - 01/30/15 02:45 PM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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I have a GSP. I love her, but she is energy personified.
I really like the Brittanys I have seen. They do seem a little less wound up to me.
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#5573629 - 01/30/15 03:17 PM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
Barny Topwater Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/09
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DD's are supposed to be pretty laid back. PM stinkbelly, he has two
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#5573637 - 01/30/15 03:21 PM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
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Registered: 01/27/08
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Loc: Houston/Sealy
Don't think DD would be categorized as bird dogs but rather versatile breed.
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#5574478 - 01/31/15 07:03 AM Re: Looking for Advice on Which Breed to Get [Re: Brad W]
danceswithquail Offline
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Registered: 08/20/07
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If you are worried about being out of control, bull in a china shop etc. definitely get a female. There is a clear trend that they have better manners, easier to train, most of the time a better house dog if thats what you want. I have never owned a GSP, but all of my hunting buddies have one and there are a couple that have been good house dogs but there seems to be a bit of a trend there of backyard escape artists/high strung etc. Best dog I ever had was a pointer that was all of that and more, terror in the backyard, not real interested in being petted, but a serious bird finding machine.

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