I have been reading with interest some of the threads regarding best dogs for stalking and would like to add my own thoughts to the mix. Since i began stalking for a living I have had several dogs, the first was a Springer Spaniel then a Black Lab and more recently a GWP. All have had their redeeming features. About 18 months ago my wife phoned me and asked if she could take home a puppy which had been offered to her by a farmer, free to a good home. The pup was a Rottie/Collie cross and I thought she would be just another potlicker. However she began to show an interest in deer brought home to the larder and when she was about a year old I thought I would take her out with me stalking. What a revelation!! I can honestly say that she is far and away the best deer dog I have ever had and takes her work very seriously whilst remaining a lovely natured pet, full of fun and very playful. Just goes to show that it's not all about traditional gun dog breeds, it's worth trying something different, sometimes you can just get lucky.