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    Smile The sporting breeds

    While I donít do much hunting or fishing, I like having a dog with me when Iím in The Great Outdoors
    Iíve had a preference for Black (mostly) Labrador Retrievers.
    My current dog is a big Ďole mostly lab that has just had her 12th birthday. A regiment of pills is keeping her happy and reasonably mobile.
    Which of the sporting breeds are you running? What are the pros and cons of the breed? Anyone tried pet insurance- and are you happy with this new form of pet service?
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    Nice looking pup.
    Weíve had mostly smallish dogs the last several years, although the Cockapoo sure shows plenty of gamer in him. Iíve never had a trained working dog, but love hunting with them and watching them work. Iíll get so caught up watching good bird dogs do their thing that Iíll forget I have a job to do also.

    I havenít seen enough of the breeds to comment much, but after seeing Chesapeake Bay Retreivers owned by two different people, they seem to be...letís say, strong willed.

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    I support Ducks Unlimited mainly for the wonderful dog stories. The latest issue of the magazine (September/October) has a great display of ďWater Dogs At WorkĒ. Watching dogs in action is great- even if itís just a tennis ball. They see it and home in on it and that is it.
    When they are done itís a bowl of water and a nap- perfect!
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    OM - One of a neighbor's dogs has cancer, and his insurance is paying 85% of the bills (dunno about the deductible). They're happy about that part and are glad they bought it.

    Several other neighbors have fairly large protectors too -
    There's a Bull Mastiff owned by the very epitome of the expression "little old lady", and he's a lover (and a drooler) once he knows you.
    Several neighbors have Huskys, Pit mixes, Golden labs, Dobies, Bullogs, Boxers, and a Rottie/Shepherd. They all know that if they walk by my garage when I'm out there, they're gonna get some lovin'!
    Used to have neighbors who were in their mid-twenties and already had 3 little kids - any of them could ride on either of their two Pits! The dogs knew who belonged there and who didn't, and were wonderful animals.
    I miss my last one - daddy was a Dobie who hopped the fence, and mom (who belonged to a house mate) was half Shepherd and half Huskie. He was actually the runt of the litter - but when I picked him, it was because he was "awake" and the most observant of the bunch, he perceived everything around him. Great choice, never regretted it.
    Last weekend, I was almost home from a ride, and just a few blocks from home I spotted a young Pit all alone and just looking so lost... If I wasn't on the bike with traffic around me, I would have grabbed him.

    And now that the local Sam Ash music store has moved into the same little strip mall as the South Bay Dog Rehab Center, it may take me a little more time to get out of there...
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    Paul, Iíve had most of those dogs and all good pets. The dog in the picture was the runt of the litter

    The cancer in dogs seems to be a growing problem. My dogs sister, from a previous litter, came down with bone cancer in a front leg. After a lot of treatment, time and money, they thought they had it beat......they did for a while. Once the cancer returned, it required a full leg amputation......tough on a 100lb dog.
    There is a 25 million dollar study going on in Colorado to try to find out why Golden Retrievers lifespan has been in steep decline.
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    I looked around a little and found a website with some information about the lifespans of dogs. As usual, there are advertisements for products, but it's possible to cut through the dross to see some real numbers.

    See it here: https://www.petcarerx.com/article/li...-by-breed/1223
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    Have had multiple mutlies in the years and now have a tiny lapdog chewiney goofball house jester for a dog.

    Would love to have another med large breed but have other comitments.

    Wishbone (the house jester) is a solid hard core 4x4 dog who LOVES ruuuuuffff terrain..

    (Pun intended)

    Out door dog definatly but no t a hunter. Hes a lover






    In every way!

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    House Jester. I like that. Good term for our kidís Pomeranian mix. We canít decide if heís a genius or an idiot, but heís fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Paul, Iíve had most of those dogs and all good pets. The dog in the picture was the runt of the litter

    The cancer in dogs seems to be a growing problem. My dogs sister, from a previous litter, came down with bone cancer in a front leg. After a lot of treatment, time and money, they thought they had it beat......they did for a while. Once the cancer returned, it required a full leg amputation......tough on a 100lb dog.
    There is a 25 million dollar study going on in Colorado to try to find out why Golden Retrievers lifespan has been in steep decline.
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    Reputable breeders will say the incredible overbreeding by backyard breeders has had a pretty dramatic effect on the health of Golden Retrievers. We love the breed and just picked up our newest puppy, Fynlee. We decided this time to go with the English Creme Golden Retriever, which, we're told, have a better history of health. Remains to be seen, but we're sure in love!Fynlee.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    Reputable breeders will say the incredible overbreeding by backyard breeders has had a pretty dramatic effect on the health of Golden Retrievers. We love the breed and just picked up our newest puppy, Fynlee. We decided this time to go with the English Creme Golden Retriever, which, we're told, have a better history of health. Remains to be seen, but we're sure in love!Fynlee.jpg
    Really good description of these wonderful Poopies. Have had 2 of them and their friendly happy ways are just so wonderful. Find a breeder of whatever it is you decide id you want one of the "BREEDS"...ÖÖÖÖ.For us, the Border Collie and Aussie have been great dependable and loyal. My fella is almost neurotic with his loyalty and need to be MY caretaker. The pasture dogs are known as livestock guard dogs and of those, I am happiest with the Anatolian. The Pyrenees will pout on you for a couple of days every time you correct them, so it's best to let them hang out down there with the trees and let them do their job. Our BEST dog is the Anatolian that decided he wants to be a house dog. His daughter is also a Brindle/gray like him and is the same way. The "normal" tan/brown is happiest just hanging out with the critters/goats.

    A sporting dog? Well he likes to chase the squirrels...ÖÖ.
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    I grew up in the country as a child and hunted some in my youth with my father and school friends. After college I moved closer to the city, got married and no we have three kids. My son and I have started hunting about 2.5 years ago. We originally just started with deer hunting here in PA. He would easily get bored sitting in the woods. It's getting better and he gets older. He is 14 now. Last fall we went on a pheasant hunt and he loved it. I think a combination of having a dog and walking around compared to sitting there in the woods.

    Last fall we got our first hunting puppy, a Deutsch Drahthaar. We wanted a family companion and hunting partner for my son and I. We have worked over the summer on birds, tracking, etc.

    This summer my wife and daughters wanted something smaller dogwise, and I wanted to another dog with a purpose. We agreed on a Boykin. So we now have a pointer and flusher. The boykin is still learning the ropes and will most likely sit this hunting season out.

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    Good looking dogs!

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    The Drahthaar is a great hunting dog, have seen many do well. The Boykin is a cutie. That breed is on my list for the next dog
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    The Drahthaar is a great hunting dog, have seen many do well. The Boykin is a cutie. That breed is on my list for the next dog
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    The DD is a great dog. Some of them get a bad rap, but a lot depends on the breeder. Our DD will hunt till she can't stand up, but when in the house, she is ready for bed at 9pm, and will lay around in the morning until close to lunch time. As soon as she sees the e-collar it's game on and she is focused on doing her job.

    The Boykin came from a good hunting breeder and while she is only 5 months old, her prey drive is starting show. I am hoping by this winter she will be in the field chasing pheasants.


    Do your homework on the Boykins. It was surely an educational process for us when we bought ours. They are becoming a popular dog and the increase of just people breeding them has really put some serious health issues. In the Carolina's you can buy one for $500 for a mill. Check out the Boykin Society for some good information on the breed and what to look for in their genetic history.

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