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#6332616 - 06/12/16 05:47 PM South Texas Gun Dog
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Looking into getting a good hunting dog. It would be primarily for dove and some duck. Also any other bird species down here. What breed would yall suggest? Thanks.

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#6332666 - 06/12/16 06:26 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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For dove and ducks I would go with a lab.

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#6332676 - 06/12/16 06:37 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: Nitronx898]
bill oxner Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nitronx898
For dove and ducks I would go with a lab.


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#6333354 - 06/13/16 09:08 AM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
ORANGEFLY Offline
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There is a lady in Johnson County that has a 1/2 lab 1/2 blue lacy that needs a new home! Let me know if you need the information

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#6334304 - 06/13/16 10:02 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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Any other recommendations? I'm not opposed to another lab, just hate the shedding.

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#6334319 - 06/13/16 10:18 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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Originally Posted By: erathar
Any other recommendations? I'm not opposed to another lab, just hate the shedding.


All your typical bird dog breeds are going to shed.

You can go with an upland breed such as a GSP or Vizila but you are wanting a retriever. The other breeds can be taught to retrieve but it doesn't come as natural.

One of my best friends dove hunts with an Irish Terrier because he needs a non-shedding breed. He wants to make her a duck dog but not sure how it's going to work out.

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#6334349 - 06/13/16 11:10 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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Lab
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#6334503 - 06/14/16 08:21 AM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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Boykin spaniel. Not sure if they shed or not and I would think they would handle the heat better than a lab.
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#6334639 - 06/14/16 10:20 AM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: MS1454]
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Originally Posted By: MS1454
Boykin spaniel. Not sure if they shed or not and I would think they would handle the heat better than a lab.


I hunt regularly with a friend of mines Boykin. Great little dove dog and handles the heat very well and much better than a lab. He's also done well as a duck dog.

They shed though quite a bit and have a long coat.

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#6335787 - 06/15/16 06:23 AM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
Barny Topwater Offline
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Vizsla, put a neoprene vest on them for ducks. If they shed you won't know it, their hair is so short you can't see it
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#6335836 - 06/15/16 07:42 AM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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Not kidding here, you could try a standard poodle. Very smart, and I understand they don't shed. You would certainly have something that would stimulate conversations in the duck blind.

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#6336498 - 06/15/16 03:17 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
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Boykin Spaniel are kings of the dove field. There is a reason September 1st is Boykin Spaniel Day in South Carolina. They are also great in the duck blind. As far as coat and shedding, the coats can vary from Boykin to Boykin, from short/wavy to long/curly. My Boykin has a very short coat with minimal shedding (way less than a lab). In her 4 years, I have only given her a summer cut once, and thats only because we were training in fairly extreme heat, and wanted to be able to dry her off faster. Here's a picture of my Boykin, with the way her coat length looks all year long, never changes.


Edited by houstonLBD (06/15/16 03:22 PM)

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#6336538 - 06/15/16 03:43 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
houstonLBD Offline
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If you go the Boykin route, be sure to check that the breeder has all the necessary health clearances. Quite a few genetic diseases have been identified in Boykins, and some breeders aren't testing for them. Here's a link to a list of the things to look for. http://boykinspaniel.org/pages/boykin-spaniel-/inherited-disease-test-checklist-

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#6336985 - 06/15/16 09:26 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: erathar]
dune2218 Offline
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Poodles dont shed ------ they can often out retrieve a lab ------- what I found is that though they will run a lab into the ground getting tennis balls,,, they are not natural hunters ------ there is a difference, and that is why no hunters use them. .
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#6337069 - 06/15/16 10:33 PM Re: South Texas Gun Dog [Re: houstonLBD]
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Originally Posted By: houstonLBD
Boykin Spaniel are kings of the dove field.
I may beg to differ after this season coming up. I have field bred cockers and and have never in my life seen any thing that will beat them on a retrieve. You ain't beating Buster to a downed bird.
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