I picked up a German Wirehaired Pointer last Nov and look forward to hunting over her this fall. Grew up hunting one and was impressed to say the least with her versatality. Looks like the grouse population is up in numbers so it should be a fun time.
I had a German Shorthair for a long time. He was a great dog. Water retrieved anything, course rabbits, point birds and would blood trail. I took him through the dog hunting course when I was stationed in Germany and had a great time with him. He was better at hunting then I was. Sure do miss him.
We have two of these dogs (m/f) and they are well suited for Alaska and cold, wet climates with their double-layered coat and long hair.
They are as adept at pointing upland game as they are in the duck blind with their webbed feet and aggresive retrieves. These dogs love to please and they hunt hard.
I posted a pic, many have no clue what these dogs look like.
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Well worth a look.
I have three bird dogs, Weimaraner, Chessapeake and a Brittany. All have done a great job for me. I have hunted over several other breeds (German wirehairs, english pointers and setters, visla, shorthairs, spainiels, labs etc.) with a bit of training any one of the breeds will do the job. I believe it is a matter of personal preference and how much work you want to put into the dog. I grew up hunting ruffed grouse in Vermont without a dog. I shot plenty, but would not enjoy it nearly as much wihtout a dog now that I have seen them work.
That Drahthaar looks to be an interesting breed. I can honestly say this is the first time I've heard of them.
Burke, I sure wish I was in a place where I could get a Brittany from you. My dad and I kept Brittanies while I was growing up for grouse and pheasant, among other uppland game birds. They are absolutely loveable as well as a great hunting dog. They all loved the hunt. Ever since I joined the military back in 1988, I have wanted to get another Brittany, but I move around a lot due to assignments and can never guarantee that I'll be able to find a landlord that allows a dog. Ah well...one day.
I've passed the VDD Breed Club tests with my Drahthaar (which include, pointing, duck search, tracking, blind retrieves, blood tracking) plus earned a NAVHDA 204 Prize 1, HRC-HR and NAHRA. I also guide upland hunters in California during the winters. She is aexcellent on grouse to!
Really a versatile breed. I have worked with alot of other breeds and I'm sold on the DD!
My favorite bird dog is the english setter. I like their temperment and the way they hunt and move. To me half the fun is watching the dogs. I have nothing against any other breed as I have hunted behind english pointers, GSP's, GWP, Etc., and own a brittany (to go with the three setters in the kennels). This guestion is like discussing which is the best car. Its all in what satisfies the individual.