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Old 04-14-2014, 12:15 PM
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Are St. Bernards or New Foundlands better for hunting?

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Old 04-14-2014, 06:23 PM
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Hunting what ?

St. B's have never been a hunting dog.
Newfies "kinda" have (a litle bit).

If i were to consider a hunting dog, these two breeds would be waaaaay down on the list.

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:20 AM
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The reason I ask about these specific dogs is due to the fact that I have a six year old son and want to get him a dog in a year or two. I love these two types of dogs and wondered if they were good for hunting. Don't think it is that stupid of a question. Just trying to learn. Thanks.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:27 AM
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Get the kid a Lab and you'll both be happy.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:05 AM
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Of the two, I'd say the New Foundland, but I'd be wary of any breed the isn't bred with hunting purposes in mind. I'd agree with T.G. on this one.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:04 PM
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I have Newfoundlands. They are an original breed that Chesapeake s and Labs were bread down from. Newfoundlands are water dogs and have web feet. They are tremendous swimmers with a very thick undercoat. In the old days Saling ships carried Newfies in case someone was washed overboard. The Newfe has a natural instinct to rescue. They are extreamly gentle and loving family dogs. They do require a great deal of care due to there coats. Unless your willing to spend 1 hr a day a Newfie is not for you. Also they suffer in hot weather because of there heavy coat. They are very expensive to own due to there size. Vet bills will run a lot higher. As far as hunting dogs I know of a couple guys who have used there Newfs for Pheasent and Ducks, but then had to spend hrs trying to get all the burrs out. So for a hunting dog I would recomend a Lab.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:30 AM
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Thanks Guys. A yellow lab is in mind. I would really love to have a Newfie. How much do they cost to buy these days? Where do you find one to purchase?
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:38 PM
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Newfoundland pups will be $1000 on up depending on bloodlines. My last one was $1,200. He is now almost 4 years old and weighs 160 lbs. Again I must warn you they are not for everyone. Verry long hair, thick undercoat and they do slober. Proper training is also a must, as they are strong enough to drag a full grown man when on a leash.If you want more info on them google Newfoundland rescue. There are usually rescued dogs available that people give up once they find out what a hand full they are. Every state will have a listing and you can see whats avsilable for adoption. Much cheaper than buying a pup. There is also a lot of good information on the breed on this site.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:33 PM
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Wow. I though they were more expensive. Everyone has told me that. Not bad. Makes me excited. They remind of big cuddly bears.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:37 AM
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St. Bernards and Newfoundlands aren't really the best hunting dogs. It's going to be real hard to find a hunting dog of those breeds. Labs and Goldens make for great hunting dogs.
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