Swim out 100yards in tidal water on a stormy freezing cold december morning and retrieve geese and ducks
Lets throw this into the mix, what does a gundog actually do that is so hard and that a well bred lurcher is incapable of??.
Find game, I would expect a lurcher to find game..
Flush game, as above but obviously is required to catch it rather than flush it . Drop to shot my lurchers did or rather could if that's what I wished..My preference would be that they pinned it before it went anywhere, obviously not a desirable trait in a gundog.
Retrieve, again a quality I would insist on in a lurcher, and wouldn't tax a well bred lurcher..
.The debate could go on forever, for every wayward useless lurcher I've seen, I've seen a gundog the same, we've came full circle here, so a question to any gundog owner, what do you actually think a gundog could do that a well bred lurcher couldn't??.
Could do, I've a lab here no bigger or chunkier than a lot of collie greyhounds, her coats no denser, so we should assume she's not capable of doing it.
I reckon a lurcher could probably do it, after all plenty of springers work on the marsh albeit most in neoprene jackets. guess it depends on how well it would cope with the weather and the cold, can it do seven morning evening flights in succession, the labs double coat is what gives it the edge in wildfowling if a labs lacking that then yeah maybe it'll feel the cold more too. wont stop it working it just might not cope so well sat in a muddy gutter at -5 or less after its had a few swims. who knows dogs can do mysterious things.
lurcher should always beat a gundog in a simple scurry and ive often seen them divided into two categories , they're only a bit of fun unless your talking the Mitsubishi stuff and they exclude non-gundogs.
just pick the dog your happy with and be content at that.