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Can German Pointers retrieve?
« on: February 15, 2009, 09:16:02 PM »
I got a chance to hunt with a couple of realy well trained GSPs which were amazing. They never chased down flushing birds, they obeyed comands fairly well, and had a nice work ethic and attitude, plus they are far more pleasing to the eye than the boney english pointers. I'd heard that they work well in water also, and would retrieve ducks. I find it hard to imagine such a well rounded dog. Can they realy retrieve ducks well, or this their weekest point-the aspect which was traded off for pointing ability?  Just curious what you guys think of the breed in general and specificaly as a blind-buddy.

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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 01:08:27 AM »
I had me one a few years back. She was a great dog. O0
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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 08:57:05 AM »
Yes, they will fetch a duck but they are not cold water dogs. They are just not built for it and will suffer working in cold water.
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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 07:26:19 PM »
do fish swim  :roll: seem some that could put a lab to shame  O0
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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2009, 08:16:05 PM »
When we speak of cold, are we refering to florida waters with a mean january temp of 50, or truely fridgid waters near 35-ish? I imagine the more rare longhair with a vest could handle these waters well enough, no? The more I learn about this breed, the more it seems to fit every aspect I would require of a dog.

I think I'll be setting my sights on one in the next couple of years. I hear the pounds in plantation country hold lots of good dogs without enough stamina to keep up with the quail buggies(and are rejected by the bigtime guides), which suits me fine, since I cannot walk near as fast as a polaris.

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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2009, 08:57:36 PM »
I dont think they would have any problems with that warm of water  O0 Ya could probably do good with a pound hound  but jest cause they say they got rid of it cause it wouldnt keep doesnt mean thats actually why they got rid of it  I find it hard believe that after spendin tons of time and money of a guide dog prospect that they would jest give it to a pound cause it wouldnt keep up  ???  Ive watched my kinda neighbors shorthair break ice to get a duck and also seen it lock on point at a pheasent 20 yards away from it  O0 O0 Awesome all around dog  but still hard to beat a Honky Tonk bred pointer in the pheasent field  :twisted:
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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2009, 10:53:41 PM »
Oh no, I am not saying they claim any specific default, I just know with enough looking you can come across a good dog that was rejected for some reason or another, or merely overlooked(maybe didn't show potential in it's first year?)-but a good enough dog can be had that way.

Now what is this honky tonk dog you speak of?

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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2009, 10:58:36 AM »

Now what is this honky tonk dog you speak of?




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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2009, 01:01:30 PM »
How did you get a picture of my ex-wife after she started hormone replacement therapy? :evil:
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Re: Can German Pointers retrieve?
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2009, 01:22:01 PM »
My uncle says he got too old for coon hounds and now has GSP's.We just talked about taking one of his dogs coon hunting with Spook once it warms up...seems he got to old for temps below 50  ;D

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