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Question by mattreney. Uploaded on January 27, 2009
One word. LAB.
I'll give you two words... Lab and Beagle. Both are great companion dogs. A lab's bird hunting ability speaks for itself. Beagles are great rabbit dogs but can also serve as a flushing dog for birds. My wife says there is nothing as cute as a Beagle puppy!
LAB. my lab is always barking whenever someone walks to the door and they are a great retrieving dog. they can retrieve anything from quail to goose. you can also train them to flush groups of birds. all in all great breed.
Lab is the dog you want.
Lab's are great dogs but if you have livestock like us a Great Purinese is a very very good dog. Before getting ours, we had constant coyote problems, and we haven't had problems with predators for about 7 or 8 years.
There is a distinction between a watchdog and a guard dog. A watchdog simply barks to alert if an intruder is detected and can run in various sizes and breeds.
A guard dog or "Man Stopper" is a dog possessing both the temperament and physical ability to stop a person such as an intruder by inflicting such serious bodily harm as to render further advance physically impossible.
Watchdog/Hunting companion? A lab would be awesome, a guard dog? Whole different animal and requires more research. Hope this helps.....
Labs definately fit what your asking for, a few years ago though Gun Dog magazine did an article on Wachtelhunds that in my opinion are the best all around dogs check out the story http://www.gundogmag.com/gundog_breeds/wacht_100704/index.html
No doubt Lab
thanks for the help
Alittle repetitive, but LAB!!
well a lab would be my first choice but then a visla is also great
The correct answer to this question is the Cur dog - cur is not a synonym for "mutt", it's a breed type, the most prominent are the Mountain Cur and the Black Mouth Cur. These dogs historically occupied the "all purpose dog" niche for our forebears on the frontier - the same dog would handle a range of tasks; herding, pest control, hunting partner (anything from squirrels to mountain lions and bears) and family guardian. The description given of the dog in the book "Old Yeller" is a description of a Black Mouth Cur, though the breed was not known by that name at the time of it's writing.
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