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#5622415 - 02/26/15 04:09 PM Picking out a pup??
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What's everyone's tried and true methods to picking out a pup? I've got a litter on the ground and I can't for the life of me decide on which one I'm going to keep for myself. They're all fairly bold pups and all within a few ounces of one and other size wise. I really thought one would stand out above the crowd and it'd be easy!

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#5622436 - 02/26/15 04:18 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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I pick the pointer with the shortest if all other things are about equal. I didn't get to pick from Crackers litter. I don't like her tail but they're home to stay when I bring them home with me. One may step up later. Get the one that looks best to you.
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#5622532 - 02/26/15 05:19 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: bill oxner]
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Usually I pick a short coupled dog with a high tail set unless I get chosen by another. I also like a dark orange eye and no knot head looking dogs. Good square head. That is for pointers.
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#5622547 - 02/26/15 05:29 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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Had this same situation last summer ducked up. Nine new pups on the ground last July 14. I was hoping to be able to get them in birds this yr. so I went into overtime working thru them last summer and fall.
Eight females and one male in the litter. I kept the male and wound up keeping 2 of the females that I felt showed the most enthusiasm for the game. I've always felt like you can't train desire into a dog. So that's the number one thing I look for.
A few pics from training right out into the field . All three of these pups turned out to be more than I could have hoped for with multiple finds on coveys and singles.
The male found pointed and held 4 coveys after 4 o'clock on the last hunt of the yr.
good luck . Should be a fun summer for you!
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#5622564 - 02/26/15 05:42 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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Maybe some breeders can give you the name of puppy evaluation test, I forget what the specific name of an aptitude test is.
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I'll take a Black Female every time.


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#5623669 - 02/27/15 09:35 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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Volhard’s Puppy Aptitude Testing
http://www.volhard.com/pages/pat.php

It may help you with temperament, but not with which one will be the better bird finder.
Take them pups to a field a few times, and watch them work.
Introduce birds to them together, and separately. One or more should steal your heart.
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#5623676 - 02/27/15 09:37 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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I think all of them have already stolen his heart. Start out by naming them.
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#5623687 - 02/27/15 09:42 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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It easier if you put different color collars on them. Then just call them the color of the collar. You start naming them, and they will be with you for life.
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#5623717 - 02/27/15 09:53 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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I prefer females.
Bold and aggressive seems a plus.
Some folks talk about large pads, larger noses, chest width.
I don't know about that, pups change as they grow.

But I like to spend some time with them. Seems like there's always one that wants to bond with me.

That's my girl.
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#5623872 - 02/27/15 11:04 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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I went with the colored color route to avoid becoming too attached or show favoritism towards one or the other. They're all known as a color. I'm going to take them out to the pasture and sit back and watch.

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#5623905 - 02/27/15 11:24 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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How old are they?
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I'll take a Black Female every time.


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#5623935 - 02/27/15 11:43 AM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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They were 6 weeks old on Wednesday

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#5624082 - 02/27/15 01:09 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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Oh ok, yea should be a good time to start to see their personalities.
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#5624126 - 02/27/15 01:40 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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#5624216 - 02/27/15 02:17 PM Re: Picking out a pup?? [Re: DuckedUp]
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I have had success picking the runt, picking the aggressive one, picking the one that was most independent or picking the one that is whitest, I have all so had success with just having the breeder pick me one. At six weeks it is a real shot in the dark.
My success is directly related to the time I spend with the dog.
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