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    Do specialist deer dogs also make good pets?

    I am working on the Mrs about getting a dog in the future and so have re-started the research into the best breed for us as a whole.

    I had originally decided on a lab but am now not so sure.

    I guess the dog would be 70% a pet but I would relish the challenge of training it up for deer work and also rough shooting, beating, etc, if possible.

    It would need to be good with kids as I have twin boys (6 in Feb) and not overly big. Also preferably something short haired with minimal moulting if possible.

    And what is the major difference between a dog and a bitch, is it temprement, size, etc?

    I like the look of the BMH but have never seen one in the flesh so to speak.

    Any pointers greatly appreciated,

    Stratts
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    Wolverine is your man on this PM him for a chat. Or Widu.

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    I could be mistaken Stratts, but by your question about the difference in sexes of dogs and temperament, would it be fair to assume you haven't kept dogs before, or had much experience with them?
    If that is the case, and given the amount of stalking you are doing (I have made that assumption based on your posts about muntjac on your patch), I would question the need for you having something like the BMH etc, and would stick with the Lab idea. I stalk most weeks recreationally, often more than that, I have a working cocker who isn't a classically trained deer dog, but is the heart of our family, a joy to have and has the ability to work when ever the need arises. Having a BMH and not working it regularly would be akin to having a Ferrari but only having a provisional license and not being able to afford to insure it. Get a lab or similar from decent stock, and you will have one of the easier dogs to train, unquestionable temperament around the kids and a jack of all trades, suitable for all your shooting needs.
    just my two pennies worth.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by deerstalker.308 View Post
    I could be mistaken Stratts, but by your question about the difference in sexes of dogs and temperament, would it be fair to assume you haven't kept dogs before, or had much experience with them?
    If that is the case, and given the amount of stalking you are doing (I have made that assumption based on your posts about muntjac on your patch), I would question the need for you having something like the BMH etc, and would stick with the Lab idea. I stalk most weeks recreationally, often more than that, I have a working cocker who isn't a classically trained deer dog, but is the heart of our family, a joy to have and has the ability to work when ever the need arises. Having a BMH and not working it regularly would be akin to having a Ferrari but only having a provisional license and not being able to afford to insure it. Get a lab or similar from decent stock, and you will have one of the easier dogs to train, unquestionable temperament around the kids and a jack of all trades, suitable for all your shooting needs.
    just my two pennies worth.....
    +1 A lab would meet all your needs and make a great family pet.

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    Thanks for the advice guys you are correct I have not owned a dog myself and my stalking is very recreational and currently mostly Muntjac and will probably remain so for a good while. We had a couple of dogs when I was younger living with my olds but I never really had to do much with them apart from play and walk them. You have both re-iterated what I 1st thought and that was to go with a lab.

    I would hate to make the wrong decision and get something that ended up being bored or not used to its full potential, hence the thread. A bit like my boss I guess who has a Wiereramer (sp) and leaves it at home every day and it's never been worked as he's not into shooting!!

    Cheers

    Stratts
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    For what you describe my money would go on an old style lab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6pointer View Post
    Wolverine is your man on this PM him for a chat. Or Widu.
    I'll second that recommendation. Wolverine has given me invaluable advice and encouragement. He will also tell you it as it is. Very generous with his time too.

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    Even if you choose to go with a Lab I would be very careful and spend time selecting the right one. I look after 3 working black labs and they are all have very different characteristics. The one thing they do have in common though is they are greedy and will eat anything (in seconds).

    Wouldn't be my personal choice but they are good all rounders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackleberry270 View Post
    Even if you choose to go with a Lab I would be very careful and spend time selecting the right one. I look after 3 working black labs and they are all have very different characteristics. The one thing they do have in common though is they are greedy and will eat anything (in seconds).

    Wouldn't be my personal choice but they are good all rounders.
    That's good advice .. some of the labs currently out there are utter sheeeite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackleberry270 View Post
    Even if you choose to go with a Lab I would be very careful and spend time selecting the right one. I look after 3 working black labs and they are all have very different characteristics. The one thing they do have in common though is they are greedy and will eat anything (in seconds).

    Wouldn't be my personal choice but they are good all rounders.
    Greedy, oh so true. Mine deprived me of a Fallow liver, heart and kidneys before I realised what was happening ! She was not constipated for several days .

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