Looking For a Bird Dog and Companion

Bubblehide

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I am spoken for, so unfortunately I can not help you with the companion you are looking for. But the dog, get what you want and makes you happy.
 

PA Hunter

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You are describing a Labrador retrievers especially in your cold climate. Pick a pup wisely friend brought a Vizsla along on my South Dakota pheasant hunt in December and it was so cold it refused to hunt ran one mile back to truck. My lab absolutely loved it 13 below zero with icicles hanging off his snout and bloody paws from ice. Never wanted to stop hunting. All my labs were like this.
 

Mosby

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You are describing a Labrador retrievers especially in your cold climate. Pick a pup wisely friend brought a Vizsla along on my South Dakota pheasant hunt in December and it was so cold it refused to hunt ran one mile back to truck. My lab absolutely loved it 13 below zero with icicles hanging off his snout and bloody paws from ice. Never wanted to stop hunting. All my labs were like this.
13 below zero? I would have probably been following the Vizsla back to the truck. Smart dog.
 

AngelaDavies

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I guess that Cocker Spaniel will be the best decision for you. I'm also thinking about one. They are not so big and run quickly. I saw a Cocker in work, they are on the top. But also one of my friends found this blog faunafeeders.com. There is explained how to feed birds correctly in order to make them coming where you need. It is very interesting. My friend bought that special feeder and installed it in his garden. He wants to see how it will work and maybe he will take it with him while hunting. New technologies and will change the traditional hunting hehe.
 
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Wrench

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I've got a Drahthaar now and another on the way. My current one is good with my cat, but would wipe out anything that comes in the home area.

Wire haired dogs are bulletproof. They nearly never need stitches.

I've owned a fantastic lab and an average one and a dud gsp.

I owned a pudlepointer that was the killingest dog I've been around. I had to give it away after it killed my neighbors terrier.

For what you describe, the lab and griffon are what I'd advise. The gwp is a very badass machine that needs to work or it'll go nuts and you will too.
 

SCS_BG_Hunter

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I had Brittanies for over 20 years, they were great dogs, hunting and companions. They can be a little hyper for the first 2 years but both were great hunters, both pointed their first season in the field at around 10 months old. Both retrieved and tracked very well. Our dogs are family members, they live in the house with us full time. I've had labs and they were constantly in the kitchen and nosing through the trash if you turned your back. I never had that issue with my Brittanies, they were always well behaved in the house. I'm between dogs right now, I'm having a hard time diving in again. If I do it will probably be another Brittany though, I really don't have anything bad to say about them.
 

AndrewMT34

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I'm not super experienced with hunting dogs. Had labs growing up, now have a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. This griff is the first dog I'm putting effort into training, and I can't be more impressed with her. She does great in the house, and has an "on" switch in the field like I've never seen. If you do go with a Griff, make sure you get one from a hunting breeder. There's a lot of backyard type breeders out there breeding Griff's that are producing dogs that don't have harsh coats/high drive.

Maybe also look into a Pudelpointer?

I think you'll be happy with any of the Versatile Hunting dogs.

Good Luck!
 

twall13

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Old thread and I'm not sure if the OP is still looking but I own a Boykin and will chime in that it seems to fit most of your needs spot on. If you plan on hunting waterfowl they won't do as well in the cold, wet, but they will be fine hunting upland in the cold. That's about the only time my Boykin struggles is retrieving in cold water. That and geese can be a bit big but he really likes upland more than waterfowl anyway (maybe that's because I do too). If I needed a dog that fit all the same needs but had to go into cold water I'd probably go with a Pudelpointer if I could find one, but I kinda like how my Boykin flushes, it's more my style than a pointer. Labs or a WPG might fit as well.


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