I suppose it depends on what you’re aiming for, I try to trial my dogs so I m looking for a fairly polished performance, because they point you can shoot successfully over a relatively green hpr, not saying that you’re pups were like that mind. l just my experience.not all. mine was doing just about everything required of him at 7 months. while labs and spaniels were still wondering what their tails were doing. hr had been coming to shoots for 3months at that time, and seemed to understand from the off what it was all about. he went deaf at 12 and continued using only hand signals , and a lifetime [for him] of experience.
I’ve seen a fair few young dogs compete in both spaniel and retriever trials successfully but very few pointers, setters or hprs
Maybe it comes down to the job specification, nothing else has to do it all