Non hunters owning bird dogs

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  1. Islander

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    Ah, one of the "rat in a dog suit" breeds. They are touted as a "companion" breed. Basically they are best at ankle biting. :D
     
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    I thought they where used to fight off the bulls in a bull fight?
     
  3. Brett Angel

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    Lazy dog owners make me sick. I hate seeing neglected obese dogs. My sister-in-law has a vizsla and doesn't hunt, but to her credit she runs the crap out of the dog.
     
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    I got the one raised eyebrow of piqued interest and disapproval from a local pet store owner when I told them that I was training the pup for birds. I found that interesting, though not that their 'city folk' POV matters a bit to me.
     
  5. Evan Burck

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    We should ask her opinion
     
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    Hit the mute button first.:D
     
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    I suspect the vast majority of sporting/working dogs are simply family pets that are rarely, if ever, used for sport or work. We had two awesome GR's that I never hunted but were well cared for, went everywhere with us, exercised a ton and an absolute joy to my wife and me. So long as the dogs are well cared for and get plenty of fun time... to each there own... after seeing some of the sad stories at the local animal shelters, I'll take that scenario every damn time.
     
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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    After having springer spaniels for hunting,I have now two pomerainans . What kind of work should I put these beasts to work doing ?

    ah, one of the "rat in a dog suit" breeds. They are touted as a "companion" breed. Basically they are best at ankle biting. :D ( Quote islander)

    Well one thing I know for sure, Bennys not the dog to take fishing when theres rotting humpys around, as he likes to roll in them and thats not a smell I really enjoy on my fishing companion​
     
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    We own two "working breed" dogs an Australian Shepherd and a English Springer Spaniel. They are both family house dogs, I don't hunt and I don't herd sheep. The dogs are active, they hike with us, fish with me and get plenty of play/work time in everyday.
    You don't need to feel sorry for my dogs they are loving life. IMG_4498.JPG
    This is an old "fat" picture of us I had to lose a LOT of weight to keep up with the doggies. lol
     
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    I own a newf. He is not a ship's dog. He doesn't do rescues. He doesn't work as a draft animal. He is a family dog that gets plenty of exercise and is lucky enough to visit the river or a lake at least once and usually twice a week to swim. That is what he does. I could give a shit what anybody thinks I should do with my dog. Some people are so damn arrogant they think they have the right to pass judgement on everyone else. Stay the hell away from me and mine.

    Heavily armed in Sedro Woolley
     
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    His title says "Active member", kind of sounds porn-y, probably a fluffer.
     
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    I agree that stupid urbanites shouldn't own sporting breeds. It promotes breeding for the wrong characteristics, which waters down the breed. I thought they all wanted rescue mutts, the dog that allows the truly enlightened city dweller to look down his nose with furrowed brow at all other dog owners.
     
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    sorry, but I'm firmly in the camp of "why the f*ck should you care about what kind of dog someone has and whether or not they hunt with it?"...as long as the dog is well cared for...

    Who cares?

    I have one of those rescue mutts....but wait, he's half Brittany, half Lab...those are both sporting breeds...I'm so conflicted. I don't know if I should be looking down on all other dog owners or be ashamed for owning a mix of TWO sporting breeds and not hunting with him.

    :rolleyes:


    At least he's an amazing family dog...much like the mutt who came before him: half Springer/half Lab...yeah, I was conflicted then too...for 14 years.
     
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    My Llewellin setter hunts pheasant and quail for, on average, 10 weekends a year. He's good for about 5 hours of hard hunting per day in the steep areas of the Palouse that we hunt.

    So 20 days x 5 hrs = 100 hrs actual hunting time per year. The other 8000 hours of the year, he does what non-hunting dogs do: poop, eat, play, smell things, ride in the car seat next to me, lay by the couch, sleep, take walks with me, and listen to me talk without ever complaining.

    The hunting part is nice for him and for me, but it's all the other things he does that make him a treasured member of the family.
     
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    Let's keep it civil. Personal attacks only devalues the thread and draws attention to folks behaving badly.

    I miss my Rotweiller. I didn't work him in a traditional sense but I loved that gentle beast with all my fiber. I love the working breeds, and am not a bird hunter. I can only hope my path crosses with a find new best friend sometime soon, and that dog will be my friend and get my attention. Others can judge. Being judgmental shows me more on out them than they will ever know about me.

    Love your family members, no matter the species! Some have your DNA. The rest you have chosen are woven into it or you are not doing it right.
     
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