Trying to figure this out

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Trying to figure this out

Post by Bobcat1 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:58 pm

I don't quail hunt anymore. 58 and bad knees. I dove hunt mostly and occasionally get to go pheasant hunting. I live in Texas so heat is a problem usually during dove season. I'm trying to figure out whether to go with a light colored cocker, springer spaniel or maybe even a small GSP. My wife wants a house dog and I want a retriever. I have only had English pointers since I was 14 so I know nothing about any of the others. I think I want a 30-40 lb. dog. Wife wants a female.

Any suggestions?

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Post by mopar_nocar » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:24 pm

A well bred Springer might be just the ticket for you. Right size, right temperament and fits your hunting and pet needs.

Just my 2 centavos.

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Post by mnaj_springer » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:07 pm

Springer or cocker. Well bred spaniels love to retrieve. But any of these breeds can overheat so lots of water. And hunt doves over a pond if possible.
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Post by Neil » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:01 am

Boykin.

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Post by MNTonester » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:52 am

A Springer will certainly meet your needs. (not a black one) Enthusiastic hunter; eager to please; and sweet natured house dog

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Post by ezzy333 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:42 am

What you describe says Boykin to me.

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Post by luvthemud » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:35 pm

i would cross a GSP off the list if your wife is looking for a sweet natured house dog. Their high energy level can be a little overwhelming at times.

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Post by Gordon Guy » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:39 pm

luvthemud wrote: Their high energy level can be a little overwhelming at times.


X 1000 :wink:
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Post by polmaise » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:53 pm

Bobcat1 wrote: I think I want a 30-40 lb. dog. Wife wants a female.

Any suggestions?
A small one that's over weight would do it. As for the wife and her preference ,you have to sort that one out yourself buddy :wink:

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Post by ezzy333 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:02 pm

polmaise wrote:
Bobcat1 wrote: I think I want a 30-40 lb. dog. Wife wants a female.

Any suggestions?
A small one that's over weight would do it. As for the wife and her preference ,you have to sort that one out yourself buddy :wink:
I misread the post and thought it said "As for the wife and her performance, you have to sort that out yourself", I just grinned and thought that was sage advice. .
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Post by mrbobaz » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:46 pm

I live in southeast Arizona, I hunt mostly doves & quail. I use a chocolate Lab. He does fine, even in the triple digit temperatures of early September. A smaller Lab 50-60 pound range should be findable. Boykins are great retrievers and fit your size range. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dogs are also in your size range. I saw a couple of the run in an AMC Master Hunt Test for retrievers in 2014. Nice working dogs.

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Post by mrbobaz » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:48 pm

Boykin or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog. Both breeds are under 50 pounds and retrieve very well.

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Re: Trying to figure this out

Post by Bobcat1 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:38 pm

Nice! Thanks. Now to find the right litter. I like a dark orange eye. Boykins always seem to have yellow eyes and they are solid brown. I'm thinking a liver and white Springer or tan colored cocker.

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Post by Bobcat1 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:44 pm

polmaise wrote:
Bobcat1 wrote: I think I want a 30-40 lb. dog. Wife wants a female.

Any suggestions?
A small one that's over weight would do it. As for the wife and her preference ,you have to sort that one out yourself buddy :wink:
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Post by Bobcat1 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:51 pm

MNTonester wrote:A Springer will certainly meet your needs. (not a black one) Enthusiastic hunter; eager to please; and sweet natured house dog
Why not black?? Heat???

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Post by fourtrax » Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:31 pm

French Britt female would be right in that size range. Good companion & family dog & intense little hunters.
You would prefer a lighter colored one.
Just an idea.

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Post by Bobcat1 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:41 pm

fourtrax wrote:French Britt female would be right in that size range. Good companion & family dog & intense little hunters.
You would prefer a lighter colored one.
Just an idea.
I've thought about that. I have a friend that was going to have a litter at the first of the year but she didn't take.

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Post by Bobcat1 » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:25 am

I'm thinking Springer female just because my wife wants a female dog. The problem I am running into is everyone wants to sell with a limited registration. I'm not trying to set up a breeding facility but later on if I want to breed my dog I would like the option to do so. The way they want to sell a dog, male or female, is like a neutered dog. Some say run 19 medical tests on them and prove to me the dog is good later on and I will consider giving you a full registration. So if I go thru all the tests after 26 months and the breeder dies or is unwilling to give full registration I am just screwed.

When I buy a dog I want the whole dog with all rights. Who has a litter that does not limit registrations?

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