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  • Best Hunting Dog Breed For Alaska Poll

    What is your favorite breed of hunting dog for ALASKA and what would you use it primarily for?
    32
    Labrador Retriever
    43.75%
    14
    Golden Retriever
    0.00%
    0
    Chesapeake Bay Retriever
    18.75%
    6
    German Short-Haired Pointer
    3.13%
    1
    Brittany Spaniel
    3.13%
    1
    Springer Spaniel
    3.13%
    1
    Beagle
    6.25%
    2
    Hound (Bloodhound, Coonhound, Foxhound etc.)
    0.00%
    0
    Other
    21.88%
    7

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Lab, lab, and lab, in that order...

    ....not a purebred but she's all heart. Never had her on waterfowl, but she loves to drag driftwood logs out of the surf so pretty sure she'd be into it....also flushes hare like a champion...







    "– Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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    • #3
      Cdubbin, great pictures, but why did you not vote? Lab was the first choice.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
        Cdubbin, great pictures, but why did you not vote? Lab was the first choice.
        Huh- thought I did- better remedy that!
        "– Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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        • #5
          Just can't get this image to rotate properly. Loomis, 130 pounds of pure AKC registered Yellow Lab. His only concern in life was me. He'd bring back geese, ptarmigan, spruce hens, artic hares and anything that was thrown. The Eskimo kids in Elim and Shaktoolik loved him. In Nulato I was bringing about 5-6 ptarmigan home with him in tow. I heard one in someone's yard and told him, NO. They shoot stray dogs up there. I continued on for a bit then looked back. He was sitting behind me with a bird in his mouth with it's head bobbing up and down. He'd gone over and caught it himself. He's flown to Nome, Elim, White Mountain, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet, Bethel, Anaik, into Anchorage 4 times.... He got around. He's been down the Yukon in a John boat, across the U.S. two times to NY and back. He just didn't care where we went. Finally had to put him down to cancer. He ruined me with dogs forever.... he was too special to ever replace.

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          • #6
            Deutsch Drahthaar, (German Wirehair Pointer). Ducks, upland birds, fur and blood tracking. Great retrievers and they point.

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            • #7
              Pudelpointer here, but I think the DD/GWP is a close second (and only second as I prefer the softer family personality and lack of shedding with the PP; hunting wise they're neck and neck IMO).

              Alaska has too many cool things to hunt/track with a dog, to use a one purpose only kind of dog--gotta go for the truly versatile breeds that point, retrieve, and track fur/blood (and yes with effort you can also train most of them to flush too).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by johnnycake View Post

                Alaska has too many cool things to hunt/track with a dog, to use a one purpose only kind of dog--gotta go for the truly versatile breeds that point, retrieve, and track fur/blood (and yes with effort you can also train most of them to flush too).
                Oh, you mean like a Large Munsterlander......



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                • #9
                  Yeah, long-haired Dalmatians count too! Better than any of the breeds listed in the survey at least

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by johnnycake View Post
                    Yeah, long-haired Dalmatians count too! Better than any of the breeds listed in the survey at least
                    What does a dalmation do for hunting?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
                      What does a dalmation do for hunting?
                      We really need a sarcasm font. Large munsterlanders are a silky, long haired black and white dog so I enjoy poking fun at their owners by calling them long haired Dalmatians.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
                        He ruined me with dogs forever.... he was too special to ever replace.
                        I know the feeling, as it was the same with my Chessie. I've had a couple dogs since her, but none could replace her that's for sure.....no way, no how! But asking what the "best hunting dog for AK. is" to me is a loaded question, because it really depends on what a guy wants to do with them. Personally, I'd probably get another chessie if I had the chance. Duck hunting has been my passion since I was a kid, so they are a cold water dog which goes really well for AK. My Cheska would swim along side me all day in ice water for ducks and geese and never flinch. But then she also would point and hold pheasants and quail as well. Another thing I really loved about her was, that when it came to hunting, she had an all business like manner. She would love to play a lot, but when it came to hunting she'd get real serious. I know one thing for sure....I never would have put near as many birds on my plate had I not had that dog. I know guys say it a lot and they do really mean it....but indeed, she was one in a million!

                        Oh and btw...."cod's" Munsterlander has come to love me enough to hunt for me now, so I'm actually going to steal her when he's not looking. But that won't work for long cause eventually he'll figure out where she's at......
                        Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by johnnycake View Post
                          We really need a sarcasm font. Large munsterlanders are a silky, long haired black and white dog so I enjoy poking fun at their owners by calling them long haired Dalmatians.
                          Gotcha. Sorry, I missed the humor.

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                          • #14
                            Lab's, and more Lab's,,,,,,, here's Murphy, my 3rd, 1st Yellow/or maybe White, >?
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                            • #15
                              I am a lab fan as well. I have owned black and yellow labs over the years but prefer the black coat. Tough, great companions and great retrievers.

                              We lost our last black lab to old age several years ago. He was a great dog. For much of his life we had the space to let him run wild and he would come home with all sorts of “valuable” finds. Bird eggs, sheds, you name it. Then there was that half rotten skunk carcass..... he was upset with me when I took it away and his breath smelled a little like skunk for months.....

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