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#6469068 - 09/26/16 01:36 PM help decide on breed for my type of hunt
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Registered: 10/16/11
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Loc: SPI TX
I hunt hard every weekend for DOVE during season on sorghum fields, I do like 6 hunts per year for quail in the fall, once every other year I might hunt ducks. In season I turn to hunt whitetails and turn sometimes to quail.

I used to own a springer spaniel that I trained myself while I was in college, she was a great dog, did everything I needed, I put in a lot of hours and field time. I been mostly around springers and love their kindness and disposition, they are easy to train (in my opinion). I have never trained pointing dogs, and training flushers should be in my mind simpler. Since I dove hunt mostly, I dont see the need for a pointer. I love springers but most are kind of over hyper. I have no experience with other breeds.

NOw Im 40, divorced and although I do work at an office 8am-8pm, I have a friend that raises birds, including quail. But I dont have a large yard and will have to kinda really commit to training them. Im having my doubts about two things

should I try a different breed, should I go the finished dog way...

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#6469152 - 09/26/16 02:29 PM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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Yeah I would stick to spaniels and finished. Sounds like work schedule would be tough on a new pup.
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#6469356 - 09/26/16 04:32 PM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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Springer's are the way to go. I have one and he's awesome!!!!!

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#6469451 - 09/26/16 05:16 PM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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Agreed, if you are familiar with springers and like them, go find the best field bed springer you can and jump back in. Boykins are also very popular these days. There is a large thread on Boykins in this forum.
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#6469519 - 09/26/16 06:08 PM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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#6470096 - 09/27/16 12:28 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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I was going to suggest lab from the description of what you hunt, BUT since you have experience and know the breed -- stick with what you know and love.

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#6470135 - 09/27/16 05:54 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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Springers, Labs or Boykins for flushing work. The other to consider is a well bred English Cocker. All will also work well on waterfowl. The smaller ones are cheaper to feed and easier to keep inside. They will all be a bit hyper until they get older.
I personally would consider a Brittany. I like the dogs and love to watch them work. I believe they are a good versatile dog
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#6470276 - 09/27/16 08:27 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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French Brittany is always the answer to these types of questions.
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#6470291 - 09/27/16 08:36 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
French Brittany is always the answer to these types of questions.


This^^^^^^^

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#6470370 - 09/27/16 09:22 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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I would have one. Good lookin for a working dog!


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#6470384 - 09/27/16 09:31 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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They are decent looking.
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#6470446 - 09/27/16 10:09 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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I would not get a lab from your description of the types of hunts you go on. if you were mainly waterfowl and dove then I'd say lab all the way. I think you need a Boykin. They have a strong retrieving desire but can handle the heat in the dove field and also are great for quail. My good friend who I hunt with 2-3 times a week with starting in September through January has a Boykin and he is dove fetching machine and a natural upland dog. If I mainly hunted dove and quail I would no doubt look at getting a Boykin.


i don't know a lot about the Springers so I can't really comment on them but I agree with the above statements about you going that route from your past experience.

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#6470634 - 09/27/16 11:56 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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My Field bred Springer pup Willie



Edited by Blanco (09/27/16 12:03 PM)
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#6470658 - 09/27/16 12:07 PM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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#6471814 - 09/28/16 07:50 AM Re: help decide on breed for my type of hunt [Re: GT - HUNTER]
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Love that pic!
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