Selective breeding has been around for many years, and as such there are many
” strains” within a breed that may be as diverse or more diverse than
the different races themselves. When shopping for a new hunting dog, you
should inquire as to the traits that the breeder selects.
You might be surprised at the selection criteria for some breeders. Some
will be unhappy with a dog that ranges greater than 30 yards while others will
not even consider a dog that hunts at under 1000 yards.We believe the
following characteristics to be primary breeding criteria.Severe hunter and as a professional gun dog trainer.
Strong hunting desire is critical.
Any hunting dog. Desire is prey drive for the dog but translates.
Passion at work for you and me. A dog with love can overcome many other.
Weaknesses and be a sound hunter.
NOSE of hunting dogs – A high-quality nose is
Extremely important for a quality gun hunting dogs dog.
May still get the job done if it has high desire, but he will be disabled in.
Difficult conditions. You can not overcome a weak nose with training or.
Practice; therefore, such a dog will let you down frequently.
POINTING – Strong
Pointing instinct is critical for those who hunt wild birds. I often see versatile.
Let you down when hunting wild birds, or at least you will find yourself.
Far more difficult and missed opportunities than your hunting partners that have.
Importance of pointing instinct because they primarily hunt planted birds on.
Preserves or in hunting dog tests and trails. These dogs will point, and.
The handler will shoot the bird and flush. Fine, do not see a problem.
The dog that stands without intensity on wild birds will.
Frequently bump birds, and the handler will find that many of these birds flush.
RETRIEVING – A good hunting dog.
Should have a natural retrieving instinct. The dog is born.
An instinct to pick things up and carry them around. It is not natural.
That they then give them to you.
Around you can teach him to bring them to you with a combination of obedience.
( the recall command) And praise for correct behavior. A natural retriever.
He will make the most difficult retrieves that many dogs will.
Give up on, or never attempt.
WATER LOVE for hunting dogs – Since we spend a fair amount of time.
Hunting ducks in sizeable difficult waterways, such as the Snake River, we.
Prefer dogs that love the water. Many of our dogs will enter the water.
Just for fun in sub-zero temperatures.
COOPERATION of hunting dogs – A friendly, cooperative.
The dog is the hallmark of our breeding program. Do not confuse cooperation.
With desire. Sometimes a high desire dog may appear to be uncooperative.
There are distinct differences between the two.
Means that a dog will hunt far or close but always knows where his handler.
Is. A cooperative dog will remain on point for 20 minutes without taking a.
Step while he waits for his two-legged handler to reach the covey. This.
A dog will recover and track crippled game from great distances and then give it.
Up to his master for only a pat on the head. Hunting speed and distance, enthusiasm,
And prey drive should not be confused with lack of cooperation.
TEMPERAMENT And INTELLIGENCE
An excellent versatile dog frequently doubles as a companion.
And a member of the family. A stable, confident temperament coupled.
Clients. Also, rigorous hunting and training requires backbone and.
Brains. We don’t leave home without it.
Quality to select for. The English pointer may not be required to retrieve.
The Labrador retriever may not be.
Required to cover mile after mile scouring the countryside for upland.
Birds. There are many examples, but the versatile dog, by default, requires.
More careful breeding practices than the specialist dog.
Addition to all of the qualities mentioned above, one must also select for the coat.
Color, coat length, eye color, size, stamina, tracking ability, hunting style,
tail position, head position, height, width, head shape, ear length, and so on,
all the way down to toenails and political orientation.Since in ours.
Opinion, the perfect dog.
Has yet to be born, we place less importance on sure.
Characteristics. Secondary breeding criteria are traits that we try to.
Select for, but they need not be 100 percent present in all of our breeding.
TRACKING – A dog that can put his head down and follow them.
An ascent of a crippled bird is indeed a valuable hunting partner. We have.
Found that all dogs will usually learn this skill after one hunting.
Season. We prefer to have dogs that hunt with their heads high.
Not to the ground. The dog that follows air.
Currents will locate more game and do so faster, in most cases, than the dog that.
Hunts with its nose down. We emphasize work after the.
Shot, but we do not want to degrade overall hunting ability for the single.
Purpose of tracking RANGE
We prefer the medium ranging dog. Nose, desire, pointing, and.
On, will determine the success of a hunting dog– not his range in.
Yards. A range is merely a hunting style and is of more importance to them.
Eye and confidence of the handler than to the success of the dog. A closer working dog can.
If he is equally or more, find as many or more birds as a far-ranging dog.
Talented in his primary breeding criteria. A far-ranging dog can produce.
SIZE – We prefer 50 to 60-pound females and 55 to 70-pound males.
We have found that the above size range minimizes the tradeoff between a smaller.
Dog for maximum field stamina while maintaining enough size to handle difficult.
Water work. We have had 45-pound females that retrieve geese.
The best of retrievers.
COAT – We prefer a short to medium skin that is dense.
And harsh with a protective outer coat including facial furnishings, and an.
Insulating undercoat. The creators of the wirehair gave us many different.
Coats, including shorthairs, and long soft silky coats. While we prefer a.
Serviceable coat, we believe that it is what’s inside the dog that will ultimately.
Get the job done. Most of our dogs are liver ticked, liver and white.
Ticked, or liver roan. We also have a fair number of stable liver dogs and.
A few liver and white dogs.
TAIL – We like a high tail with a stylish.
STAMINA – I have seen no other breed of dog that can handle such a variety.
Difficult conditions. Once hunted one dog for 13 days in a row, I.
Once quit or let me, she never.
Down. The wirehair has poor stamina in hot.
CONFORMATION – For overall confirmation, we prefer hunting dogs that are.
Slightly longer than they are tall, square in nature, high head, well muscled, not too big or thick in the chest, but reliable in bone structure.