There has been apparent confussion for some as to the abilities of "show"-type dogs to hunt. I've actually had people tell me that show springers have had all the hunting ability bred out of them.
Some of my "Puppy People" will beg to differ.
Jordan's owner came to our house looking
for a new springer. He's an avid hunter who
knew what he wanted, and how to train for it.
We compared notes and shared books - while
he was impatiently awaiting our next litter.
Jordan had her first successful pheasant
retrieve (a water retrieve at that) at 5 months.
She continued to amaze us all and by the end
of her first hunting season (by about
8 months of age) she had better than
80 birds "under her belt".
Another great success story belongs to
Mark and Roxy.
It's very clear that they're doing what they love.
"The Smile" tells the story.......
Gabby is one of Trace's puppies, out of "Hanna" -
one of Cinder's girls.
Although she doesn't have any formal hunting training,
she's incredibly birdy with tremendous natural instinct.
She's caught rabbits, birds - and just about anything
else that tries to escape.
Show dogs? Not just a pretty face.
These are just a few of the great stories that new owners share with me. Springers by their very nature are an extremely versitle breed. When research, forethought and careful evaluation are applied to the decision for each litter; quality, multi-talented pups emerge.
I always advise prospective puppy buyers that if they want a "Great Hunting Dog", look for a puppy with field-trial CH.'s, or actively hunting parents. You'll find them out there. Sometimes they're less expensive....
Generally what these folks want is a dog that's "hard-wired" - one that the training aspect can be secondary to the percieved drive. Although those dogs can be great hunters, the majority that I've run across are harder (or more unpleasant) to live with. Many have obessive/compulsive tendencies and end up being "kennel dogs".
What about my dogs?
I always ask inquiries... - "how often do you hunt?" How many days in a year - and what are your expectations of the dog when you're not hunting? If you want the perfect family dog, companion, and hunting partner - we may have it for you.
If they're bred well......the rest is just training.
Here are a couple of links to articles on the Springer Field Trial Assosciation's website. I feel the opinions expressed by the authors are well worth your consideration.
And or all you Hunting enthusiasts;