can they be hunting dogs

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by 1911beast, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. 1911beast

    1911beast New Member

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    i was wondering if border collies and kuvasz can be good hunting dogs i want to do duck hunting and small game
     
  2. marine04

    marine04 New Member

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    Any dog can be a hunting dog. The biggest challenge is to teach them to not run when you shoot lol. Once they get used to the shooting you should be fine because it's usually a dogs nature to run after or chase out other animals. Take them shooting and keep them tied up near you to get used to the gun fire and get them the squeak toys that resemble the animal you hunt
     

  3. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    marine04, is correct any dog can be a hunting dog, when I was a kid we had a full-size black Poodle, best coon dog you ever seen, so your answer is YES..................
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Poodles ARE hunting dogs. Border Colllies are herding dogs by instinct and breeding. You probably could teach a Border Collie to hunt but I would highly recommend getting a hunting breed of dog to teach to hunt. Just makes more sense to me.

    I have a Border Collie. To excercise and entertain him, we play fetching and herding games. It's best to work with the natural instincts of the breed of dog you have.

    Get a hunting dog that best fits the kind of hunting you are going to do.
     
  5. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    WOC is spot on.

    While a Border Collie is a smart dog (The Smartest in fact). They are also very high energy. BC's like to herd things. I had one as a kid and you could teach that dog just about anything. But, a lot of times she would revert back to her instinct of herding. At one time she had herded all the dogs in the neighborhood into a pack and was driving them all over the place.

    Like WOC said work with the natural drive of the dog to get the best results.
     
  6. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Fore.........

    Mey shey', talk to the owners of Golf courses who have problems with geese. Use your border collie to round them up then open fire on the flock. Some courses hire people with border collies to keep the geese in the ponds and not on the greens.......:eek: Roast goose anyone.....:)
     
  7. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I don't think a dog with long hair would be good in the water. Lot of weight there when wet. Hunting dogs have softer mouths.
     
  8. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Long haired.......

    It's not that long hair weighs a dog down in water. Some long haired water dogs have an oily hair that keeps them from sinking, a border collie is not bred for water, but can still fetch in a water situation. They are considered the worlds smartest dog.... The beagle being the dumbest........As for my self I tend to go for yellow labs, I think the movie Old Yeller had something to do with it.......:)
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    There are sight hounds, scent hounds, retrievers, pointers, setters, spaniels etc. Each do a different job. Get a dog that suits your hunting needs.
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    What I meant was a Poodle is a water retriever & not a coon hound but he could tree a coon as quick if not quicker than most of our hounds. We also had a Border Collie named Hobo that was probably one of the best pure hunting dog as I have ever seen. I am telling you any dog can be taught to hunt any thing..............
     
  11. USEBOTHHANDS

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    bein as dogs are long descendents of wolves, all dogs have the innate ability to be "hunters." but over time, breeds have been bred towards a certain trait for that individual breed.

    if your collie likes cold water, then have at it..........just remember tho, dogs DO GET FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIC TOO, watch for the signs. again, it's just the bred in trait of certain breeds for that type of work. use it if he/she has it.