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Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by maddog, May 4, 2007.
What breed of dog is best for what kind of game?
I don't know if there is a correct answer for this question. Any of the working class breed of dog will do just fine if properly trained. Golden and Lab Retrievers are by nature a good breed for hunting.
I've gone hunting with folks that have anything from an American Pit Bull Terrior to Mountain Dog breeds. They all did just fine.
Labs, Golden, Chesapekes are great water dogs. My lab was a pretty good retriever, never really worked too much with her so she wasn't excellent or anything, but she got the ducks out of the water just fine.
I use a brittany for retrieving dove in the Texas brush. I LOVE my brittany!
I've walked behind some fine pointers hunting pheasant and quail, but never owned one.
This has to be the broadest question ever asked on a forum board, that I have ever seen!
Buy a book on the subject and don't wase our time with such a silly question!
I don't think there is a correct answer to that queston. For me, I like labs. Other people like pointers, the list goes on. For you, figure out what fits best into your social life as well as your hunting methods.
I had a German Short Hair Pointer Great dog but would never let us shoot squirrels she was too fast to get to them. Had a Springer that was just awsome. I even had a Cocker that was the best untrained hunting dog ever. She would tag along on my dove hunting trips and bring every bird shot back to me. Never trained her one bit.
It really depends on what your hunting on what kind of dog you are going to use or need.
Labs and chesapeak are water dogs. where a Pointer or German short hair are more for upland birds.
Then if you are going after coons and such a hound
If you are running bear then get a big tough dog.
Lions were hunted in South Africa with Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
I am sure you can use a lab to hunt just about anything but they are going to be better where there is water involved.
best breed hunter
I like the cur breed will hunt anything from small game to Bears, they are all heart, and when they are not hunting they are an excellent working dog for around the house, If you take good care of your dog the way it should be taken care of you will see they are as expensive as kids are, minus the college. So you might as well have something that you know is going to take care of momma and the kids while you are gone, and this is the answer!!!
The dog that trained me to hunt birds was a Springer Spaniel, my favorite dog.
Labs have taken up more of my time, I guess they should be considered.
Some say a Chesapeake Bay Retriever is one you have once and never again or you never have another.
German Shorthair, English Spaniel, Clummer Spaniel, Cockers are coming back I hear.
Kind of like women I guess, there is one for just about everyone if you look hard enough.
I'm with you Rickrem, a cur by any other name is a good dog. I have a big old black and tan Catahoula who even hunts when we are driving out to the highway. I hit a nice buck a few years ago but he was going to move off into the bush, so I let Pete out and he had it by the throat in a flash. Down went the deer and when he quit moving I whistled pete and back he came right now. He has retrieved ducks and grouse but a squirrel gets two chomps and spit out. I popped a moose one time and went in after him but Pete wouldn't stay with me, so I went over to where Pete had gone and there was Pete and the dead moose. He just looked at me and shrugged as only a great dog does when he knows your wrong. He is eight now and I have been trying to breed him to a female Cat dog but so far nada. I'll sure miss him when he goes and really be upset if he doesn't reproduce for me.
I just saw a website with some really good information on this subject today. I wish I could remember the name of it..................
Oh yeah, I remember it!
Depends on the game you want to play?
I have never had a dog trained for hunting or retrieving, but I did have an old hound once. He was a beagle mixed with some other hound, and never had a days training in his life but did he have a nose on him. He'd get a scent and follow it until I decided I didn't want to walk any longer. It became common to get home from work to a mesage that someone had found my dog and I'd end up driving five miles to get him back. He was real good at retrieving "presents" from the cat box, too!
i have english mastif x pitbull, will swing all day on pigs upto 200kg
dogs r good
i like dogs
and different dogs r good 4 different hunts this is hard 2 answer
Blue Tick, Walker, and Red Bone Hounds are good coon dogs. I've also seen them used in Fox Hunts, Wild Boar, and Cougar Hunts too. I knew of one guy who trained Blue Ticks for hunting bear. When they're young and being trained, they might pick up the scent of a deer and run on it; might be days before he's found. A buck will mess a dog up real bad; A coon will too, if they meet up crossing deep water.
My father in law, God Bless his soul, won several Grand Night Championships running coon dogs; he just past away a few days ago.
One thing I failed to mention about the Blue Tick, Walker, and Red Bone Hounds is that these dogs run on the scent in the air, rather than the ground as found with Blood Hounds.
Running the scent of a raccoon is very deceptive because the coon will go through water, back track, and do everything possible to throw the dogs off their trail, or in making the chase more difficult. The fact that the hunts take place at night, it makes it even much harder through the woods. You can't keep up with these dogs as you would a Blood Hound, these dogs have to run on the scent; they have to be because the scent dissipates in the air much faster than on the ground.
And there's always a lead dog in the pack; That's right, these dogs work together as a team. They also work together in training the younger pups. Natural hunters.
wow never used any of these dogs for hunting(prob cuz my buds dont have that breed)
the hog dogs we use are (and sorry for the spelling) Weiseneimer????
like i sed i cant spell it and it did not come up woth spell check
and our personal fav is the Pit bull for pigs on to occasions the dogs killed the pigs b4 we did
I've seen some good hounds get messed up from going after things that didn't climb trees. When they go after bears, if the bear don't make it a tree, the entire pack will form a circle around him . It's good to have a dog that might lead you to something, but letting him loose on his own will sometimes get him killed if he's not trained right.
haven't hunted bear
and this goes with out saying the vet bills have been a problem at times
Golden retrievers are great for ducks, geese and frizzbys.