Just got into upland bird hunting this year. Eight pheasants so far without a dog. Boy am I hooked. Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations where to get a good bird dog. So far Im leaning towards Brittanys. I would like to get a "started" dog. I live in the Pocatello, Id area. It doesnt need to be "champion" lines. Probably would cost to much. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.
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Tue, 2006-11-14 17:22
Tue, 2006-11-14 17:43#1
I always liked hunting behind a Vizsla or a German Shorthair
Tue, 2006-11-14 20:03#2
Never heard of a Vizsla. Shows how much I need to learn. I watched a guy work his German Shorthair once. Saw him get a pheasant. Thanks.
Tue, 2006-11-14 20:19#3
Here's a little info:
Wed, 2006-11-15 03:22#4
When I had dogs. I had a Brittany and a Short hair. Both were excellent choices for upland game. Quail, Chuckar and Pheasant. Great flushers. The Brittany moved a tad bit faster and was harder to keep focused. Both were males.
Wed, 2006-11-15 07:38#5
When your looking for a dog, just be careful of pedigree's with a bunch of show champions in them. the only place it might not matter is in Brittany's. But make sure there's some field champions there also. Vizsla's are very nice dogs but don't see a lot of the out and around. Don't know why, the ones I have seem were much more suited to foot hunter's than most breed's. A big running Vizsla my go 100yds to the front. In rare cases more. The best I've seem were some owned by a lady out of western wash, they had a range of several hundred yds.
Wed, 2006-11-15 16:38#6
Thanks alot guys. Gonna do some more research. Cant wait to get me buddy.
Wed, 2006-11-15 17:53#7
I have had Brittanys and Springers. I think my selection would be in part based upon the type of cover I hunted. If I were to hunt really thick cover of high grass, I would go with a flusher like a Springer rather than a pointer like the Brittany.
Another consideration is if you are going to also hunt waterfowl. My Springer was trained for blinds and water retrieves as well as upland birds. When I lived in Washington State, I knew one hunter who used a Chesepeake for upland as well as waterfowl.
I am very partial to Spaniels. This is primarily because for me they are full time companions at home who hunt with me in the fall. A good friend once told me that Labs are good friends but Spaniels are buddies.
Thu, 2006-11-16 16:33#8
I will be hunting a little of both, thick cover/tall grass and a little bit of cover thats not so thick. I had a few people tell that Springers can get a little tempermental as they get older. Has anyone had that problem?
Thu, 2006-11-16 16:54#9
I got my Springer when he was middle aged. I am not clear what people are referring to when they say "temperamental". My Springer was very attached to me and very possesive of the relationship. Any birds shot he would bring to me. I am no dog expert, but, the issue of temperament is something I would check into when I contacted a breeder.
One other thing, my Springer was a really tough dog! The cover he would go through all day without a problem always amazed me. It definitely saved me from getting worn out and beat up.
Tue, 2006-11-28 16:06#10
Did you say you are new to upland bird hunting? Just wanted to make sure. If you are new to the sport of upland I would recommend a good calm lab. These dogs hunt tight with you and they are easier to control than alot of high energy breeds. I've hunted behind brits, shorthairs, spaniels and labs and really enjoy having the labs. They are close enough that they clue you in when they get birdy. The pointing breeds are far ranging and have found that people that don't have alot of field experience seem to get uptight about the space between the hunter and dog. I've been hunting upland birds for the last 30 + years and have not found a better dog then labs. I like to call them SUD's Sport Utility Dogs. Their value as a house mate is great also, calm at home and good pets.
My opinion only for what it's worth!