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#6834735 - 07/26/17 10:38 AM Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog
polishpreacher Offline
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Registered: 04/18/12
Posts: 86
Loc: Fredericksburg, Texas
More of a discussion than asking for help on something. I am curious what the strangest breed you have seen being used as a gun dog out in the field is.

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#6834773 - 07/26/17 11:14 AM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
Leonardo Offline
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Poodle hands down. They can do the work.

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#6834916 - 07/26/17 01:25 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Loc: Abilene, TX
Poodles are pretty common and Ive see a few even at hunt tests.

The strangest I've personally seen and I've also hunted with is my brother-in-law's Irish Terrier.

He dove hunts with her. She's about 3 years old now. She is has all the natural terrier characteristics and is very curious. Loves to chase squirrels and such. He force fetched her and even though she's not a natural retriever she does well as a dove dog. She has as much desire or more as the poodles I've seen. He is trying to teach her to handle but it's definitely tough. All in all a great little dog and more than adequate dove dog.

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#6835043 - 07/26/17 03:28 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
stinkbelly Offline
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Registered: 09/07/04
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Loc: Parker County, Tx
I was shocked to see a huge poodle the first time hunting in Kansas.

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#6835134 - 07/26/17 05:03 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
polishpreacher Offline
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I have always gotten giggles thinking about training something like a great dane to be a gun dog for ducks or geese just thinking of watching them running after the game.....doves would almost be swallowed, so it would have to be larger birds....i have also thought about something like catahoula who has drive, but for different kinds of game and how interesting it would be to actually see....lol

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#6835325 - 07/26/17 08:34 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
Carson M Offline
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I have pheasant hunted behind and Afghan Hound before!

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#6835431 - 07/26/17 10:30 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: Carson M]
bobcat1 Offline
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Couple of seasons back I saw a Blue Heeler fetching dove in Woodson at one of Puddins fields.
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#6835529 - 07/27/17 06:17 AM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
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An old neighbor of mine at Lake Texoma trained his Border Collie to find & retrieve doves & ducks or anything else the guy shot...water retrieves were the hardest to teach and got "noisy"'cause the dog did not want to follow the guys hand signals to take a direction, but to take the most sensible to him route, and swam as well as any dog I've ever seen.

Dog was smarter than the owner for sure, and afflicted with a pure no nonsense hard nosed get it done ASFASTASPOSSIBLE attitude, like eveything else he did.
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#6835715 - 07/27/17 10:32 AM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
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Registered: 03/10/09
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Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
Someone on here(migratory section) had a pit bull that was a retriever. Anybody remember who that was?
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#6835791 - 07/27/17 11:53 AM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: poisonivie]
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Loc: Bishop, Texas
Did not see this personally, but the first Blue Lacy I ever heard of, was being used to retrieve quail. I had to look it up to see that it was really a breed.

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#6835807 - 07/27/17 12:12 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: Carson M]
catslayer Offline
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Originally Posted By: Carson M
I have pheasant hunted behind and Afghan Hound before!


I think your in the lead, a born to chase sight hound... pointing??? How was that?

The border collie a close second... dogs are STUPID smart. Id love to see him work
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#6835811 - 07/27/17 12:16 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
TooLow Offline
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Registered: 10/01/10
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Loc: Deep Ellum, TX
Yeah I've seen a big ole poodle during Dove season a couple years ago and was shocked how good that dog fetched up the birds.

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#6835965 - 07/27/17 03:18 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
moosehntr Offline
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Registered: 10/24/05
Posts: 52
I watched a big, square headed, crazy eyed catahoula retrieve dove and quail....and then turn around and bite someone. Crazy dog. He was a good blood tracking dog as well, just made sure not to get between him and the deer.

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#6836201 - 07/27/17 06:56 PM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
Texasphez Offline
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Registered: 08/07/16
Posts: 130
Loc: Panhandle
An old buddy of mine had a whippet that we would take pheasant hunting! Dog did real good, stayed at a good range, was very obedient, and worked cover good. That is unless he found a rabbit, if so it was off to races, with 0 chance of reeling him in!

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#6836484 - 07/28/17 06:56 AM Re: Strangest Breed Seen as Gun Dog [Re: polishpreacher]
Blanco Offline
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Registered: 12/29/10
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Loc: Ft.Worth
A trainer I have used in Mississippi, wife had a Jack Russel that rode with him on the ATV to take the client dogs to the field. He learned thru just watching. The Jack kinda learned thru osmosis. Wound up being a decent duck dog.
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