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    What breed ??

    Morning all ,I am sure this has been done on here before but it never hurts to get new views ! I have an ageing lab that has been very good for finding any deer wounded or dead for the last 10 years for me , I have always used him as a back up dog in the truck . However I have reduced the roe population on the estate i work on considerably in the last 9 years to a level we are happy with , but the knock on effect is the stalking has become a lot harder as there is a lot less deer on it ! So I feel I need a dog now that will be able to accompany me on stalks to give me an edge ! As well as follow up any wounded deer etc ,
    it is mainly roe but we are starting to see a few sika but not to many yet !
    The new dog will join 2 springers and my old boy lab ,
    i have a couple of breeds In mind but will wait and see what you guys reckon !
    Many thanks
    tom
    Last edited by tom; 10-06-2014 at 10:31.

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    I want to get a GWP but the better half says NO .I loved the way work the ground and air ,my mate has one and its brill .Not much help sorry
    Last edited by berg; 10-06-2014 at 09:33.

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    Tom, stick with what your happy with. Its no good having what somebody else recommends if you don't like the look of it. Do your research about the chosen breed and reputable breeders. Make sure both parents are from working stock. Lots of deer dogs to choose from but you could do a lot worse than a Lab or a GWP for your needs.
    Last edited by Paul 600; 10-06-2014 at 10:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    never hurts to get new views !
    Aye you'll soon learn !

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    Tom, I think deer man is spot on. I have a mini teckel, a decision arrived at taking into account things other than just stalking such as her indoors not wanting to look after a big dog when I am at work. Whilst she would not be able to stop a wounded animal she follows up freshly shot deer well enough for me I enjoy having her sit in a high seat with me, good company and an extra pair of eyes. There are many suitable breeds and each comes with some degree of compromise, take your time and enjoy.

    Steven

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    Cheers deer man ,I have liked the look of a gwp for a long time ,however I am not sure about a Hwv ,why am I thinking about the Two ? Well I was all set for a gwp but on doing research it seems they are quite a handful ,where as the Hwv are a lot more biddable ? I am after people's opinions as it is a long term commitment as it will be working with me most days it need to be the right one ,I am aware David t that people's opinions are vastly different ,but in making a choice like this it is best to do as much research as possible ! Always good to get other people's opinions that is why I have been a member on here for so long .
    Looking forward to reading the opinions on each breed .
    Cheers tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    Cheers deer man ,I have liked the look of a gwp for a long time ,however I am not sure about a Hwv ,why am I thinking about the Two ? Well I was all set for a gwp but on doing research it seems they are quite a handful ,where as the Hwv are a lot more biddable ? I am after people's opinions as it is a long term commitment as it will be working with me most days it need to be the right one ,I am aware David t that people's opinions are vastly different ,but in making a choice like this it is best to do as much research as possible ! Always good to get other people's opinions that is why I have been a member on here for so long .
    Looking forward to reading the opinions on each breed .
    Cheers tom
    Hello Tom.

    I purchased a GWP dog pup from a site member last year, and while I have not regretted it for a minute, the ride is both very challenging and eventful. My dog is now 11 months old, and being trained solely to track deer. He is a lovely, bright young dog, full of fun / spirit, and a very good companion, great with other dogs / children / livestock... However, he is stubborn / wilfull, very strong physically, needs LOTS of stimulation - both mental and physical, naturally very `hard` ( read between the lines here ) on cats / foxes / deer, but he has accidentally got hold of pheasant and partridges, and he is soft with those.... amazingly !!!

    More knowledgeable people than me have said they are slow to develop mentally, and this seems to be true... I am not expecting much from him before he is 2. My lab at the same age was streets ahead in comparitive training, but with the GWP, the pay off, when it arrives will be worth it. The GWPs are awesome, as a breed, but they are hard work and need to be given a lot of time and attention... Mine will totally take the pi$$ if I let my concentration slip, even for a few seconds....

    I am enjoying my first GWP, but no amount of reading / videos / talking to people, prepared me for the chaos that followed his arrival. The reality is vastly different from the theory.... but I am not an expert, as said this is my first.....

    Good luck with your choice.

    All the best.

    Neil.

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    Cheers Neil ,that is the sort of comments I think I expected ,I think like you I will just need to bite the bullet excuse the pun ! From advice I have gathered already you are absolutely spot on with your. Assessment .
    thanks for the advice
    tom

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    is this dog also to be a family pet or purely a working /kennel dog ??

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    Hi there it is a working dog but must be good with children as I have three ! It must fit in with the other dogs that I have already ,which are all good with other dogs and kids . I am a firm believer that it is there upbringing and socialisation that sorts that out .Why do you think it makes a difference ?
    Cheers

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