- Jan 16, 2014
I should say Ive owned two wirehairs (one from the pound, one from a rescue) and after a season of walking fields on wild birds, they both figured out the game and pointed and retrieved birds beautifully. I am looking to get a puppy (another wirehair, draht, griff or maybe pudel pointer....something about those beards...) and the breeder world/trial results/ lineage reports are all japanese to me. I could care less about show trial qualities like confirmation etc and Im a bit skeptical that field trial tests using dizzed up, uber stinky, pen raised birds really tells me much about the nose and hunting capabilities of an upland dog. Im interested in whether the lineage has proficiency on wild birds in western habitats. So to my questions... Short of hunting behind some of these dogs, how do you tell whether a breeder is producing good hunting dogs on wild birds? Do puppies pointing wings/pigeons at 5 or 8 weeks tell me anything? Anyone have experience with GWP breeders that have proven experience on this front? And what does proof look like? Thanks!