###I have owned 2 labs but one got run over the other ran off and i thing got a chain put around his neck,The greatest dogs i have ever owned,its like they know what you are saying,but its kinda irritating not being able to use the water hose without them under your feet LOL.
###Actually i miss these dogs and need to get another,the breeder i buy from sells her pups to a guy who uses them for Pheasant,he swears they are the best hunters he has had.The breeder is very particular in what she breeds unlike most.
I too agree that labs are the most popular in So. Cal. Many people have them as a family pet as well as a hunting companion.
We own 2 labs, a black lab that I've had since 1988 and my wifes 5 yr old. I had trained my lab myself and she turned to be a great upland bird dog. she is now too old to hunt any more, and my wifes dog was never trained for hunting, but i have taken her out a time or two.
And the next dog I get will be another lab. The lab will be my daughters 2nd b-day present. (June 2002).
I too think Lab's. ###However, only a small percentage of them are used for hunting. ###If you were to look only at dogs that were used for hunting in So. Cal., I wonder if the Lab would still come in first?
I have owned Springers, a Lab, a Chessie and a Brittany. Labs our the most popular. But if a had to pick a breed to stick with it would be a Brittany. If I was waterfowl only it would have to be a Chessie.
Irish Lad, I too have done the Lab, Chessie & Brittany thing. ###I now own a Britt and would'nt change back. ###The majority of my hunting is for quail and I can guarrantee that no lab could keep up with my Britt or for that matter most pointing breeds! ###I'm not at all biased am I? ###How old is your Britt, mine is 2yrs?
My Britt will be 6 on March 17(St. Paddy's Day). She really started hunting well at 3. I hope she can go another 3 or 4 years. To me there is nothing more exciting in the hunting world than when a dog locks up on a point.
I have had several labs and love them. ###I currently own a GSP and have to say they are unbelievable. ###I have hunted her all over the US and she has been fantastic on every type of game bird. ###From bobs to sharps to geese. (Pheasants don't stand a chance with her) ###They are truely versatile. ###For CA hunting they are outstanding, they don't overheat like a lab does. ###I am definately convert to the GSP.
The kennels in ? are, Game land 909-735-3251 Prado recreation 909-597-6366 .But I would call Starlight 909-681-6012 & a aother but passthru does not live in ca..Or I would have talked him into buying one of my pups.[GREAT BLOODLINES!!!!!] ###
Hi I'm new to this site. I think the lab is the most popular house and yard dog in California , but if you hunt I think that the most popular hunting dog is the GSP, I also think it's the best. The shorthair handles the heat alot better than a Lab or Britt.
My shorthairs are very mellow, they and our Weimy are all house dogs that come and go in the house as they want. When in the house they are great not hiper, just lay around usally around the wife or I. I have two young boys and they will play with them like they are kids. My 4 year old boys ( twins ) can yank on there tail pull there ears and the dogs just love it, they will play with the kid outside and hunt with me on my weekends. ###At night all but one of the dogs sleep in travel crates the other starts sleeping next to my side of the bed, but when I wake up to let the other dogs out in the morning hes always sleeping on the bottom bunk with my son.
Another great thing about shorthairs is with time in the field they will mostly train themselfs (except to be broke) most all there instinct are breed into the breed, pointing, retrieve, swimming, temperment. But as with any breed you need to do your research to find a breeder breeding the type of dog your looking for.
Fubar thanks for the welcome. Your right they can and do hunt ALL day. I also think there feet hold up better than other breeds too.
Hey Guys I have been watching Hunting with Hank and Doc on point and thinking maybe a bird dog would be nice ###to get in the future. I know the kids want one. Sorry for my Ignorance but what is a gsp?
And what do usually spend for a good dog? Thanks in advance.
GSP stands for German Shorthair pointers. The are considerd a very all-round dog. They are great pointers and they usually retrieve fairly well. If your in the market for a bird dog you came to the right place. Do your homework to find the dog that fits your hutning style and family life.
Boy, I'm sure I'll take some serious abuse for this post but here it goes!
We hunt with a Doberman Pincher named Mako. The dog has been trained extensively @ Gameland Kennals in Norco by Patrick Callahan and Linda. It's an incredible working dog just ask either one. The dog will point on pheasants ,quail+ chuckar . Mako will retrieve to the shooter and find more downed birds than I thought was possible. The breed is more intelligant than any sporting breed and will work longer and harder than most. Really a tuff dog.
We hunt primarily wild birds and have enjoyed good success with,Mako.
P.S. She has been in Western Outdoor News three times on wild Quail hunts.