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#5914020 - 09/04/15 11:06 PM pointer mix rescue?
foodieguy Offline
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Registered: 02/07/13
Posts: 258
Loc: Austin
Hi all-

We're looking to get a dog for my 14yr old son and I'd like to try and find one I can train as a retriever if possible. Mainly for dove as I don't get to hunt ducks enough. It would just be a fun side project and it wouldn't kill me if it never worked out.

We have our eye on a male pointer mix that's almost 2 years old, is that too late to get started?

Here is the link to the dog.

Would like honest feedback on the chance that it might work, but given that I'm open to failing at the retrieving bit and want a great active dog for the boy.
New fish, looking for advice.

#5914189 - 09/05/15 08:25 AM Re: pointer mix rescue? [Re: foodieguy]
whiteowl Offline
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Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 291
I have one I rescued last year that is probably about a year and a half old now. By the picks she looked full lab but when I saw her I could tell she was mixed. No way I could leave those sweet brown eyes at the pound. I now believe she is most likely pointer/lab. She is solid black but built like a pointer and those sweet pointer eyes. She does not like to retrieve for squat but raises cane when I work my lab. I thought about force fetching her but really didn't get her just for retrieving so have not. She is a sweetheart and I am fine with her just as a yard dog. She minds well and loves to run with my lab so I am good with it. Good luck.

#5914356 - 09/05/15 11:51 AM Re: pointer mix rescue? [Re: foodieguy]
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A dog is a long term investment. It costs just as much to feed a useless one as it does to feed a champion. If you really do want a dog that retrieves buy A retriever out of hunting stock and give yourself the best chance possible at having a dog you can use. I don't mind trying out a dog knowing I'll get rid of it if he doesn't work out. That's not easy to do once the wife and kids are attached to him. I have had pure bred pointers that had no natural desire to retrieve and had to be force broke. Buying a dog out of good stock may save you some regrets years down the road when your still feeding that potlicker.

#5918060 - 09/08/15 09:55 AM Re: pointer mix rescue? [Re: foodieguy]
Jay Brown Offline

Registered: 10/12/11
Posts: 91
Please get a good dog to begin with. If you want a retriever get a registered dog. You will have a better chance than a rescue dog for what you want.

#5918113 - 09/08/15 10:26 AM Re: pointer mix rescue? [Re: foodieguy]
reeltexan Offline
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The dog looks like a Pit to me.

"Count that day lost whose low, descending sun
Is not, in part, obscured by powder from my gun"
B. Spiller

#5919245 - 09/08/15 09:20 PM Re: pointer mix rescue? [Re: foodieguy]
foodieguy Offline
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Registered: 02/07/13
Posts: 258
Loc: Austin
Thanks everyone, OP here. We ended up getting a different dog. That dog had some issues and would have been hard to keep even as a yard dog.
New fish, looking for advice.


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