I close on a new house on Friday that (finally) has a yard and a little more room for owning a dog. I will be looking for a dog to hopefully fit my lifestyle. I grew up with Britany Spaniels, which we took upland bird hunting with us. I would like to have a dog that I could train to point and work ptarmigan and grouse. It would also be great if I could take the dog duck hunting. It would be somewhat necessary that I would be able to take it hiking and cross-country skiing.
So I've got some pretty specific criteria, although I am definitely willing to compromise if necessary. I have heard that German Wirehaired Pointers are good for what I am looking to do with the dog. I am not bent on getting a papered dog, although I know it can be difficult to find a dog with pointing lineage without going the purebread route.
So - any suggestions? Happy with any advice you can give, thanks!