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    Working lab or springer breeders for stalking and game shooting...

    Where can I find a gundog breeder locally , who specialise in the stalking and game shooting area.I am looking for a Labrador or springer spaniel to cover everything from finding deer to picking up pheasants etc... Can any body help me find a breeder in the Hampshire area!!!

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    Can't help you with a breeder but persoanlly if I was looking for dual purpose dog I think I would be looking at a lab or perhaps a GWP. Not saying that a spaniel could not be trained to track deer but they are more of a natural hunter/flusher busily searching out cover hopefully in a good pattern to cover ground in front. As a trainer of a gundog spaniel you would wish to encourage this natural ability under control which in my opinion flies in the face of what you would wish from a tracking/stalking companion dog. I know my spaniels will walk to heel but they are forever itching for that get on command.
    All the best in finding a pup/dog to meet your requirements.

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    out of the two a lab would be your best bet, from my own experience i would do the blood work first,or should a say trail work than the bird work later.
    good luck with your search.

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    Agree with the both above .
    TO STRIVE, TO SEEK, TO FIND. AND NEVER TO YIELD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Doctor View Post
    Where can I find a gundog breeder locally , who specialise in the stalking and game shooting area.I am looking for a Labrador or springer spaniel to cover everything from finding deer to picking up pheasants etc... Can any body help me find a breeder in the Hampshire area!!!
    We may be breeding from one of our Springers in the new year but suitability does depend very much on the temperament of the individual dog. atb Tim

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    Labs are amazing dogs, I'd never have another though, make sure if you get a lab, that it has had all health checks done and preferably tested for EIC too. Mine's an awesome dog, fully tested but is having weird cramping fits. I'll not have another because of the health issues.

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    [QUOTE=Shabz;438647]

    My advice is do not confuse the dog, birds or deer. if you are on a bird estate how is the dog meant to understand the difference.

    PM If you feel you would benefit from any further advice.

    Best regards.

    Jon.

    For guided Roe deer stalking,. BASC accredited trainer for DSC1 and 2. BASC accredited training centre with courses held regularly.
    www.greenleedeer.co.uk

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    As Shabaz says labs amazing i have had 5 over the years and on my 6th and could not wish for a better stalking partner. But now health problems are the issue with some of them. so now i am getting a hwv.Take a look at the colour of the dog if your doing a lot of stalking the area's you stalk in might not have a lot of cover a black lab sticks out like a sore thumb as deer see in sepia
    If its hit its history / If its missed its a mystery

    A gun is always loaded .A mule always kicks

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    [QUOTE=roestalker;438672]
    Quote Originally Posted by Shabz View Post

    My advice is do not confuse the dog, birds or deer. if you are on a bird estate how is the dog meant to understand the difference..
    The answer is easy
    it is all about the training and to be honest , I hav a spaniel that has no training and still knows the difference from deer or bird work
    labs are not stupid and can easily distinguish between either job,
    well all mine and my partners labs can , but the spaniels are not as convincing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Doctor View Post
    Where can I find a gundog breeder locally , who specialise in the stalking and game shooting area.I am looking for a Labrador or springer spaniel to cover everything from finding deer to picking up pheasants etc... Can any body help me find a breeder in the Hampshire area!!!
    Not quite Hampshire but more Norfolk/Suffolk
    Birdsgreen gundogs
    Sara has a couple of good lines of Lab's that are more than capable of proving their worth both tracking and in the field
    i Personaly would not choose a spaniel over a lab if you are doing more deer than game thou

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