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Lost my Irish Setter yesterday to IMHA . Thinking of new pup to share my last years with, and hunting an occasional mountain grouse. Smaller setter preferred.any suggestions. Thanks Randall

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My BEST companion dog was a female Australian Cattle Dog. She was also the best flushing and retrieving dog west of the Mississippi!


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And here comes one of everyones favorite breed. I say English Cocker...and now you are quickly up to two. Probably best to go with what you know and prefer. Or hang around some others and make a decision based on your experience rather than....


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I'd look for a Llewellyn setter from one of the smaller sized bloodlines. It's what I plan to do when I retire next year.

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338Rem is a good one but he's getting a little old so might only be good for the first field or two.....


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Lost my Chessie a little over a year ago. If I end yp getting another gun dog it will be one of the smaller breeds for several reasons. I'm thinking it will either be a Boykin spaniel or a golden retriever. Just to be clear, when I say a golden retriever I'm not talking about those oversized white monstrosities currently so popular with the pet set. I'm talking about a field bred dog that meets the breed standards. There is only one breeder of goldens I'd consider, she''s been breeding them over 30 years, she knows what she's doing and her dogs do it right and make it look easy. But in any case, I'm leaning toward a Boykin.


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Originally Posted by Nebraska
338Rem is a good one but he's getting a little old so might only be good for the first field or two.....

Whatchoo talkin bout Willis!!!


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Originally Posted by Remington40x
I'd look for a Llewellyn setter from one of the smaller sized bloodlines. It's what I plan to do when I retire next year.

Who would want a Llewellin as a companion? Anyone who likes loyal dogs.


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If you're looking for a companion thatlives with you and hunts with you, a French Brit might be a good choice. They make wonderful companions and are generally gentle spirits. But if you need a wide ranging rough and tumble, or open rough water dog, or a dog that stays in a kennel probably not. I'm not familiar with your grouse, but for our eastern pheasants( if you still find any), ruffled grouse, and woodcock they're pretty great.
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Brittany would be my choice.

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German Shorthaired Pointer would be my choice, wicked smart and can do it all.

Good luck in finding the dog that will be your best friend for years to come :o)


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Pudelpointer. She's an absolute sweetheart, smart, with amazing prey drive. She calms down in the house and amps up when outside. We've been spoiled. Good luck on your search!

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No breed gets more attached to their owner than an American Water Spaniel. Some are too attached and can be overly protective. In between an English Field Cocker and an English Springer in size but hunting machines of upland or waterfowl. Not sought as pets as they look like mangy Springers and all chocolate in color, but chances of getting one with a great nose and natural retrieving instincts is extremely high. Take cold weather well.

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Large Munsterlander. Not only a versatile pointer/retriever but bred for blood trail tracking and their good at it. Lost mine last June, reserved female pup from an owner that plans a litter the next heat his female has. Great family dog and loyal companions. Pic of mine in avatar


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Originally Posted by cra1948
Lost my Chessie a little over a year ago. If I end yp getting another gun dog it will be one of the smaller breeds for several reasons. I'm thinking it will either be a Boykin spaniel or a golden retriever. Just to be clear, when I say a golden retriever I'm not talking about those oversized white monstrosities currently so popular with the pet set. I'm talking about a field bred dog that meets the breed standards. There is only one breeder of goldens I'd consider, she''s been breeding them over 30 years, she knows what she's doing and her dogs do it right and make it look easy. But in any case, I'm leaning toward a Boykin.
Hard to replace a Chessie, but a Boykin comes very close and in a more compact package.


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I have a 12 year old Boykin Spaniel I hunt (Not as often or as fast anymore) both fur and feathers. Very easy to train. She struggles with a large goose but will retrieve it. She is a great companion, rides on me motorcycle with me. Is small enough, I can grab her from water and place back in canoe with one hand without tipping over.


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This was posted earlier today in the classifieds. Could be a match made in heaven.

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Hard to beat a good lab, or an Airedale.

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I sent a pm. Have a really nice litter of shorthairs that are calm and very smart. Out of proven dogs that can reach back into the 60s-70s in 5 or 6 generations.
Line bred Wildburg lines...Essers Chick very close multple times. Going to put on classifieds when I get a chance
8wk old and ready to go.

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