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Question by deerhunter125. Uploaded on October 29, 2009
my uncle uses german shorthairs. they are awesome pointers and i don't think they shed bad.
I think the German Shorthairs are the thing now.
Poodle? just a joke, right?
Just in case you arent joking, believe it, you need to use real hunting breeds. For example, bird dogs actually have an specific instinct for hunting birds bred into them, and other instincts are bred into hunting dogs. Also, generally, these other dogs don't have a good enough nose.
yeah i am asking this question for a friend
If your friend's allergic to dander, might look into an English cocker spaniel. They do shed but not so much if brushed. A friend that is allergic to dogs can still tolerate hers. If he doesn't want hair, period, then a standard poodle might be a choice. Believe it or not, there are some lines that hunt upland and duck.
>there are some lines that hunt
I stand corrected, then, ...
poodles that hunt eh? wow
If you ever intend to hunt ducks and geese, I would suggest you consider a lab because they can do that and hunt upland game with the best of them. If you are just staying on dry land, those mentioned above will be great. We have used labs for continuous quail, pheasant, duck and goose hunting for over 40 years and I can honestly tell you that they have never been outhunted by any of the above breeds although the above breeds did just as well on quail.
The LARGE "Standard" Poodle was originally used in Europe ( France mostly to retrieve ducks), believe it or not they ae good swimmers and a very gutsy dog , can weigh as much as 60 lbs, not like Aunty Mabels lap rat.
Don't go with a poodle. Big Mistake. Look for a hound. They are really cool dogs.
The visla or wiesla(sp?)is considered one of the cleanest dogs known and sheds very little. It is a true bird hunting breed. Also, I believe that the dog chosen by the president and family (Obamas), the first dog so to speak, is a birder and was chosen due to its lack of dander. I don't know the breed.
I have seen Poodles running in AKC Hunt Tests and they retrieve well. Not as powerful as my Labs, and they are not as good at marking, but they end up coming back with the bird.
My standard poodle is amazing. He aims to please. He's a wonderful pet at a year old he has great manners. He is amazing at retrieving. He is not a fan if the water, however. We live in MN and lakes are frozen half the year. We will continue to try to get him used to the water. He's been hunting many times and is learning and getting better. If he can become accustomed to the water he'll be a much better hunter than his 5 year old black lab cousin (brother's hunting dog). If not, he'll be an awesome upland dog. He doesn't shed at all. We may get another SP from a hunting poodle breeder if he can't enjoy the water. We did not get him from a hunting poodle breeder. We've also been eying up Italian Spinones. I don't believe they shed. They are classified as a "versatile hunting dog" by description.
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