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sako85708

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Well after nearly 15yrs I lost my old cocker spaniel yesterday ,the 4th working spaniel we've had. I work on a large farm and spend a lot of time Rough shooting ,wildfowling and game shooting and for the last 5 - 6 yrs deerstalking. I will be looking to replace my dog after a few months and just wonder people's opinion of a cocker spaniel for deer tracking ?. I always found with my working cockers in the past although great for retrieving, were never really that steady for peg or deer work. My thoughts were to go for a Labrador but the breeding seems to have gone more to field trailing, with bigger , faster dogs . Are there any other breeds /crosses that might be suitable for the job ,but not much bigger than a springer spaniel ??
 

BeekeeperTom

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Likewise, interested to hear/read of the suitability of a Cocker as I have a three-year-old trained for pickup

Would be brilliant to have her track as well.

Condolences on losing your cocker by the way...
 
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Sakoodin1

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I’ve got a lad comes picking up at my shoot(we do about 18 days a year) and he also picks up on the grouse 60+ days and he uses a cocker for picking up and he has developed the dog so when he puts a collar with a bell on it it tracks deer and it works really well for him
 

dunwater

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Guy Wallace doesn’t rate the cocker as suitable for deer, they just don’t have the temperament for sitting around or walking at heel indefinitely. I’ve never tried one myself mind, but I think I’d trust Guy on this one, there’s got to be a good reason why you just don’t see them out with stalkers.
 

Rowey

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I had the steadiest plodding old spaniel you could get. He'd sit under a high seat or in the Polaris waiting but..... I don't know.... for me it's a step up to a deer dog. Specialist skills. The best deer dog I've ever seen was Breeze who was John Robson's dog. That dog was top banana. Think it was a pointer. Can't be certain though. I'll stick with the springers as deer work is an add on for me if you catch my drift. You're going the right way in asking questions on here for sure.
 

sako85708

Active Member
I had the steadiest plodding old spaniel you could get. He'd sit under a high seat or in the Polaris waiting but..... I don't know.... for me it's a step up to a deer dog. Specialist skills. The best deer dog I've ever seen was Breeze who was John Robson's dog. That dog was top banana. Think it was a pointer. Can't be certain though. I'll stick with the springers as deer work is an add on for me if you catch my drift. You're going the right way in asking questions on here for sure.
Thanks Rowey What I want is the steadiness of a lab ,the biddableness(is that a word) of a cocker and the nose of a BMH all in the size of a springer spaniel !! A tall order I know .But there must be litter out there ?? After covid 19 is gone anyway
 

Rasputin

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Depends what you want it for. I take mine to look for deer that have run on in woods and he’s mustard but there’s no way in hell he would sit quiet for a high seat for four hours they just get bored. That being said nose wise I think they are superb.
 

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