Breed of Choice and why?
Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 68
Like Tree290Likes

Thread: Breed of Choice and why?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Member #
    1017 times

    Breed of Choice and why?

    I've been a GSP guy - nice dogs and basically instant bird dogs with some basic obedience. Thought about wirehairs or drahthaars too but keep coming back to gsps. Friendly dogs too - maybe a little wound about you - what's your breed of choice and why? Also, what do you mainly hunt? We're pheasant chasers 80% of the time with some waterfowl and grouse thrown in for variety. Looking forward to hearing about them dogs!
    Steven M., Judson, M700 and 8 others like this.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Central Ohio
    Member #
    1171 times
    I have not had a bird dog in a lot of years now. However in my younger days my buddy and I hunted with Brittany's. A lot of dog in a smaller package. We hunted grouse and pheasants with them. I lived in town so a smaller dog worked better for me. They are a dog with a big heart. The old boy could always hunt longer then I could. Here is a picture of me while we were out pheasant hunting. I will always have good memories of being out in the field with him.


    Steven M., DRSLYR, Judson and 16 others like this.
    “When you do stupid things, you win stupid prizes” - Candice Owens

  3. #3
    Gun Wizard
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Member #
    6606 times
    I have MT CURS ,of all the hounds I've had they are the smartest and the gamiest ,they are tree dogs but will bay and catch anything they can handle .
    Steven M., DRSLYR, locoman and 4 others like this.

  4. Remove Advertisements

  5. #4
    Distinguished Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Member #
    17616 times
    I like most dogs but Chihuahuas get on my nerves.
    336A 30-30
    30AS 30-30
    Model 60

    Team 336 #1111
    Team Bolt Action Rimfire #24

  6. #5
    Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    The Old North State
    Member #
    34139 times
    American Pit Bull Terrier

    1) Most powerful jaw pressure for biting trespassers/intruders
    2) Very, very strong, for weight ration, good for felling and dragging said trespassers/intruders
    3) Determination, they don't give up.
    4) Loyalty, while mentioned lin the middle, it's as important as any of the others
    5) Intimidation factor, when it's running toward the trespasser/intruder, they are scared to death.
    6) It's the most historic American breed.
    7) gaurds property and family members .

    But I figure you're referring to hunting ya go......

    Last edited by MarlinManCB45/70; 03-28-2018 at 07:59 AM.
    My avatar is in Honor of my Great Grandfather , Corporal J.M. Johnston , who fought for the Confederate 36th Regiment , Company H , Heavy Artillery & who was captured by the Union at Fort Fisher, NC on Jan. 15 1865 at @ 10:00PM.

    God, Guns, and Guts Made America Free.

    At Any Cost Keep All Three !

  7. #6
    Gun Wizard
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Flatwoods and Swamps of Florida
    Member #
    7606 times
    Golden Retrivers and Setters for me. Like their despostions and trainability. I like them to live with me. No kennels for us.
    R. Highhawk

    Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth.

    TEAMS 45-70, 30-30, 1894, Browning

  8. #7
    Site Contributor Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Member #
    1893 times
    It took me a while but I think I got it, GSP = German Shorthair Pointer. I've known some nice ones.
    Right now I'm working with a Cocker Spaniel. More of a house pet than a hunter tho.

  9. #8
    Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Member #
    11955 times
    I owned a wonderful Springer Spaniel that was an excellent flusher. Loved hunting pheasants with him. Alas, old age took its toll as with all of our man's best friends. I'm sure he is now flushing pheasant out of the clouds.
    The Gene Pool is in need of a lot of Chlorine!

    Better yet, drain the entire pool!

  10. #9
    Certified Gunnut
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Member #
    9257 times
    Hey MountainGuy -- from the dog you have now and the breeds you're considering, it's obvious your idea of a bird dog is a pointer and not a flusher, so I will limit my comments to pointers. (Nothing wrong with that; just an observation. I've owned both and I prefer a dog that points as opposed to one that flushes).

    My pointing dogs have been 3 Brittanys and now a GSP. Every dog is an individual, and any dog from any of the recognized breeds CAN or COULD be the best dog you've ever owned, or the worst. Some generalizations, though, are possible. Now, I've had more experience, obviously, with Brits than GSP's since my ownership ratio (between those two pointing breeds) is 3:1 in favor of Brits. However, let me draw some conclusions that hopefully have merit based on my experience.

    An old saying has always been that one trains a GSP "with a 2 X 4 with nails coming out of the end." I think there is some merit to this. Even today, my GSP will often do what HE wants even though he knows I want him to do something different. In the dog world we call this "lack of biddability." To a far larger degree, the only time my Brits didn't do what I wanted is when they didn't UNDERSTAND what I wanted. In a nutshell, Brits generally have a much stronger desire to please their masters/mistresses, thus, on average making them more biddable than GSP's and easier to train.

    My current pointing dog (the GSP) doesn't have a mean bone in his body, is very birdy, and holds well to his points. So, he does have positive qualities. I mean, hey, I've killed birds over him in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and South Dakota. However, for the next dog I'm going back to Brits. My Brits have been more lovable, just as birdy, just as steady on point, better retrievers after the shot, and there was never the "battle of wills" that I'm sometimes still contending with even though the GSP is now 7 years old.

  11. #10
    Marlin Marksman
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Western New York
    Member #
    4063 times
    Not easy to find but look into the Irish Red & White Setters. Great bird dogs and family dog.


Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New | Subscribed Threads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Do you neck shoot, and why?
    By LuvM and LeverM in forum General Hunting
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 03-22-2009, 06:01 AM
  2. Some .34 Thumper History and why I got one
    By BestLever in forum General Gun Related Off Topic Stuff
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-23-2006, 09:25 AM
  3. Question about marlin choice... and info wanted
    By cmkooi in forum Cowboy Rifles
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-01-2006, 07:54 PM
  4. 1894CS - What bullet to use and why.
    By WFR in forum Cowboy Rifles
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-17-2004, 11:21 PM
  5. Who do you hunt with and why?
    By jaycocreek in forum General Gun Related Off Topic Stuff
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 05-23-2004, 08:50 PM