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Whether you are looking for an obedient waterfowl reclaimer or an energetic highland snow plow hunt, these are the breeds that you should consider for your first hunting dog.
Choosing the best bird dog depends on a few factors, including your hunting preferences and lifestyle.
Do you plan to hunt blind and send your hunting partner to retrieve ducks and geese? Or will you hunt pheasants, grouse and quail? And do you want a pointing dog or one that will hunt highland birds for you?
Another important consideration in choosing a first-time hunting dog is whether you need a hardworking puppy that is also a pet or a workhorse that will live in a kennel. And more, how much time and money are you willing or able to invest in the dog training of your new hunting companion?
Here are some of the best hunting dog breeds and how they rank in the home and in the field.
These versatile bird dogs can be trained for game birds in the field or on the water. If they are properly trained, they can rinse, recover and even show “birdy” signs when it is within range. For a best friend in the field and a family dog at home, a lab is hard to beat.
German Shorthaired Pointer
One of the most popular breeds for bird dog owners, the GSP has impressive natural hunting ability, stamina, and versatility.
While not as affectionate as labs, GSPs are great with kids and require little maintenance during and out of the hunting season.
English Springer Spaniel
These medium-sized hunting dogs make excellent flushers and recuperators with pleasant tendencies and the ability to learn quickly. English springers don’t require a lot of grooming after the hunt and can fit in perfectly with the family.
Some of the finalists who would also make a great first dog for hunters include the English Setter, Brittany Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, and even Golden Retrievers.
Do your research, invest in a reputable lineage, and train hard for your first season together.
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