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    Advice needed

    I have been looking into getting a dog for some time and would like some advice on the best breed.
    I would like to use it for a bit of everything but primarily tracking and for this reason have been looking at the GWP, Would this be a good choice ? from what i have read it ticks all the boxes but would like some oppinions.
    Also are they relatively easy to train and sociable with other dogs.

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    I have been fortunate to have worked alongside some exceptionally good GWPs' but they are quite a specialised breed.
    Unless you are going to have the dog out working 3 or 4 days a week they can get pretty hacked off and frustrated.
    Don't get me wrong, with the right training they can be brilliant deer dogs but unless you have the work for one it is a bit like buying a racehorse and only going out for a hack on a sunday.

    Wire haired Vizslas' are very capable and are a little more laid back and would maybe be worth considering?

    Regardless of what breed you go for it will certainly be the case that you will only get out what you put in.

    It would be well worth your while putting "Working with Dogs for Deer by Nials Sondergaard" on your Christmas list if you don't already have it.

    I got my copy from the BDS website shop.

    All the best


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    Have a look at this site, the Danish breed GWP are a bit more laid back and more suited to the UK stalker IMO.

    Best rgds


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    Although I do not own one I must concur with Ben P, I have become increasingly fond of the Wire haired Vizslas', a much laid back dog. I was lucky enough to be with a man the other week that has two that he works on both deer and game.

    He is breeding from the bitch very soon. If you are interested PM with a number and I can pass it onto him.


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    most dogs are capable of tracking, it's the training that helps bring out the best in your dog
    GWP's do need a lot of exercise ,but do make a good dog for deer work
    labs are quite a good allrounder easy to train and handle, also quite steady from the start
    enjoy your selection process but don't rush in

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    Thanks for all the advice, I do have the book "working with dogs for deer"
    and find it a great help.
    It's just that im at the point of having to make the decision of what breed and dont want to get it wrong
    Still im not in a rush. What breeds do others on this site use ?

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    Flecher is this your first dog as that would mean you were looking for an easy dog to train and while the GWP is an excellent dog they have a very determined attitude and can brake there own if you have not got the same . There are smaller dogs border terriers patter dales etc that all fit the bill and if trained properly will do a very good job.wish it was me i love training a new dog

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    It will be my first dog so that is why im so hesitant im just trying to gather as much info from people that have done this already before i take the plunge.
    I would hate to make the wrong decision,I do like the look of the GWP but realise i couldnt give it sufficient work so im looking else where.
    What suggestion would give for a first dog ? I do like the HWV


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    Do not buy a GWP as a first dog. I have one and while they are excellant at finding deer, they can be very difficult to train being headstrong and even aloof.
    As previously stated they also require to be worked almost daily. They are a hard dog designed purely for work. Previously I have always had labs and would suggest these as an ideal first dog, far easier going.

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    +1 for the Lab. I must admit that the GWP is a tempting dog but others have pointed out the down side. Teckles have a natural tracking ability but they will not walk well to heal and it means keeping them on a lead or leaving them in the vehicle till you need them. Its great having a canine stalking companion
    As others have said most dogs can be trained to track

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