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Old 10-16-2002, 04:44 PM
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I have been waiting on the breeding for a German Shorthair for a long time now. Unfortunely I found out that the breeding didn't work so I am starting my search over again. Since I am starting completely over, I thought I would revisit the question, Which dog to choose? My main love of hunting is deer hunting. But for fun I like small game hunting and recently have been introduced to duck hunting. So when I pick a new family member I have listed out the following requirements: Must do well with small children ( 2 years old and a month old), Must live with 2 cats, Be able to hunt, rabbits, squirrel, grouse, duck or whatever else I feel like hunting that day. Must be able to blood trail a wounded deer. I have my selection down to a GSP and a Lab.

I live in a city with a small backyard, but am committed to taking the dog for a walk every day. I am also committed to putting whatever time in it will take to train the new pup.

Any suggestion / comments that might help?
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Old 10-18-2002, 05:46 AM
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My opinion get a lab. They are great family dogs and they are very versatile. You would have to spend a lot of time to get them to hunt rabbit and squirrels but I trained one to retrieve cottontails and they can take the ice and cold water associated with waterfowling up here in the colder climes. There are good dogs in any breed and fanatical followers of the various breeds but a lab would be my recommendation.
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Old 10-18-2002, 08:04 AM
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I'm a Lab man myself, but in looking at your list of what you hunt, and considering where you live, I think I'd go with a German Wirehair. They will eagerly hunt all the animals that you have listed and can take cold water much better than a GSP.

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Old 10-28-2002, 12:05 AM
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Guess I'm a GSP man and have one that has foot the bill on what you are looking for but the other two breeds are great also.

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Old 10-28-2002, 08:57 AM
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Hello.
I have owned both and in your situation, I would have to rec. a Lab.
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Old 10-28-2002, 06:51 PM
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I also have a GSP and love hunting with him. I am in a considerably warmer climate though. A lab would probably fit your requirements better. A GSP can be an excellent water retriever but they stay warm by moving. A wet GSP trying to sit still in a duck blind gets too cold very quickly. Also they are not suited by temperament to stay still for long periods and can be very annoying to have in a blind. They know there's birds out there and they want to go find them NOW! I think hunting with a pointing dog is a lot of fun over and above just getting birds but it takes a lot of training to get the most out of a pointing dog. If you are still primarily a deer hunter you may not want to invest that much time. There is also the extreme danger of getting hooked on pointing dogs which I guarantee will cut into your deer hunting. LOL Craig, on this forum has a GSP and lives in your area. I don't believe he does much duck hunting though.

As stated above a wirehair may be a reasonable compromise and can be excellent pointers. They will not usually do as well as labs in the duck blind.

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Old 10-28-2002, 07:00 PM
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Also they are not suited by temperament to stay still for long periods and can be very annoying to have in a blind. They know there's birds out there and they want to go find them NOW! I think hunting with a pointing dog is a lot of fun over and above just getting birds but it takes a lot of training to get the most out of a pointing dog. If you are still primarily a deer hunter you may not want to invest that much time. There is also the extreme danger of getting hooked on pointing dogs which I guarantee will cut into your deer hunting.

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I hear ya. GSP's are like crack, if you try 'em once you're hooked. drdan is dead on it with his assessment of a GSP.



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Old 10-31-2002, 08:37 PM
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When I was originally looking at all the breeds 2 years ago the wirehair was a contender. After all this time I can't remember why I eliminated it. That does seem to fit the bill. I know they get along with kids, but do they live well with cats. I don't want me and the dog living in the kennel if you know what I mean.

I also heard that that breed had quite a few lines with rage in it. ANyone know anything about that? I am assuming it comes down to finding a reputable breeder.
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Old 11-01-2002, 11:05 AM
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If you want an all around hunting machine that can take temperature extremes the wirehaired pointer is miles ahead of a GSP... This is based on being around those breeds and brittanies a good part of my life. I would also say brittany but not sure I would want one around a cat and they tend to be wired but are also great hunting machines. There is a breeder in Idaho can't recall the name that I spoke to a couple of years back and he was importing German strain dogs.
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