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  1. dogs-n-natives

    Looking For A Brittany

    Cheers for the links, I will have a look and pass on the info.. HPR, could you message me his contact info? Thankyou very much DnN
  2. dogs-n-natives

    Looking For A Brittany

    A very good friend of mine is looking for a Brittany pup, are there any litters planned this year? Ive never seen one in the field myself, so dont know where to start? Any help would be appreciated DnN
  3. dogs-n-natives

    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    Sorry for the delayed response, busy still and dont come on here much. Joe, I'll get some recent pics sent to you when I get some time. Haven't really had much chance to go out with others, but a few months back we had a day driving foxes and he got lucky and jumped one and the dogs had a wee run in among some tight bramble and it slipped out - (towards the guns) Navek, I got some raccoons treed with the gwp in Canada. She took to the job very easily, and treed good enough for me to locate (but a bit loose compared to a good treed dog). The cur dog will be great for this if I get him treeing, but he is all about tracking right now. He is bred from dogs that make decent tree dogs for coon. I think he will be better used for bear rather than coon, as he has so much drive and likes a looong run, and a fight.
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    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    OK, update on big pup... Hey if I compared him to a collie, I was wrong, he might handle easy, but not like responsive like a collie or spaniel, he likes to look at me when I call him, and then carry on doing things his way, stubborn maybe, but independent and likes to weigh the job up and react in his own time, but still working with me and for me if that makes any sense to you lol. Hunting has escalated from him keeping up with the terriers bushing rabbits, to him hunting so hard and fast that even the gwp struggles to keep up. He dont want to quit a track, he wants a kill and has made several now. Ive seen the pointer make a quick loss and he lifts his head, drifts the land, and away, all flat out. Windblow slows him down, where the gwp hammers it, but he is the head dog now, as he moves a track and picks up the losses quicker as he can plant his nose right down and plod it out, like when the game runs a road for a ways.
  5. dogs-n-natives

    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    Hi Roy, I grew up hunting with a collie dog, and in many ways he works the land in a similar fashion to a collie, independent enough to cast out but working with me all the time.They have a character all their own though. He follows the wirehair and they should make a good team as they hunt similar. He's getting pretty confident now and was hard to catch up today after a rabbit hunt, he was so fired up, was like seeing the old bull cross the way he was smashing through the rhododendrons with the wirehair. He can move a hot track away at some pace, and he yips and squalls... I'd say he is pretty hot nosed but older scent gets him excited and casting for the game. Im happy with his progress, and im excited to see how he works out with boar hunting.
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    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    Been having some good hunting as Ive been snowed off work....but the snow really hinders the hare so much that Ive been heading down the glen to lower wooded slopes that hold a few rogue populations of rabbits and hunting them instead. I try not to kill many of these bunnies, as I dont have much land that holds rabbits up here, but when the snow is deep like this up the hill the hares are no good to run and have enough to worry about with the foxes we have. We dont have masses of thick brambles here in the woods, but theres a bit about. In general, the ground cover is sparse and patchy, its a case of covering a lot of land and hoping to find something sat out in cover. There are scattered warrens and rocky spots that offer safe refuge. The pup is getting sharp and he even made a catch the other day as the pointer was marking one in some brambles, I walked in and egged her on to flush it, it ran out straight at him. Was a nice bit of luck, it all helps bring them on. He knows what the pointer is doing now, and heads in her direction as soon as he sees her pointing. He has flushed a fair share of 'her' woodcock now lol and will watch it fly off and not chase, looking proud of himself. Most of the rabbit hunts are taking place under the trees, and the rabbits dont get the advantage of running over open ground here, its all steep and rough. The gwp has had 2 nice hunts recently both ending in a catch. I fancy her chances of catching a rabbit in most of the places I hunt them, if the rabbit doesnt get to ground fast. But most of the time its down a hole within 200 yards and I no longer have a ferret to honour their mark. They never sicken though as we have many days with no catch and lots of miles!, We catch enough to put a bit in the freezer now n then, but Id rather see a good hunt, and the game lives to run another day, than an easy kill with no good running... I like the chance to hunt rabbits like this when I can, its sharpened them up a bit as the rabbit hunt is fast and reactions need to be instant, its helped with their team work working closer to me and taking hand signals etc... Id like to find a bit of ratting soon, the pointer loves a bit of ratting and is as hard mouthed as a big terrier with them... she will bring a live rabbit to me though, and is very soft with feather. From what Ive seen of the pup so far, he will be hardish... once he has something in his jaw its locked down, he is not soft mouthed at all and has almost no retrieve in him with other dogs around.
  7. dogs-n-natives

    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    Ive noticed.... is the price based on how daft the name sounds?
  8. dogs-n-natives

    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    Should make a good type for a young hunter, Ive seen a fair few Lab X Springer (springerdor haha) that were canny dogs on the hill with the grouse boys. Good luck with him.
  9. dogs-n-natives

    Gwp X Greyhounds

    Very good point Joe
  10. dogs-n-natives

    Gwp X Greyhounds

    Thats not exactly true that they are a different breed, some might have changed somewhat as almost no-one in the UK will keep DD as you need to go and do all the testing/registering. My gwp is mainly Danish lines, for blood tracking, and they are all bred from German VDD stock. Theres loads of VDD stock being bred as GWP in the UK. I'd say buying from the VDD registered stock can be a very good idea, but no need to overlook good working bred lines in the UK as they are just as good, but you do need to be more careful. The good thing about the VDD is that your better guaranteed that your getting a dog bred from good stock. The German working breed system is an excellent example of a breeding plan that everyone involved in the breed is encouraged to follow to ensure that its functionality is never lost through shitty breeding practices. As far as I know, no-one has tried to breed the gwp lurcher as a line/strain, which in my opinion is a must if your going to see the best out of this type. The first cross to a running dog, is not going to be consistent. Some pups might lack speed, others might lack nose etc By breeding the best to the best of these crosses, its possible to produce a lurcher type with all the desired attributes of a gwp ... ideally several folk will get on the case with this... I will breed a litter out of my gwp at some stage, and Ive decided on using the Tigger dog that MIK kindly offered. I'd be pretty confident that most of the pups will be fast enough to add plenty to the bag when hunting up game, but its likely if they were used as a point n slip, or solely as a lamping dog on big fields some would be lacking in speed, but in any case, there is not much point keeping the gwp lurcher if your just pointing and slipping or lamping, though they are rough and ready sorts that are happy to try anything, They are best used for hunting and mooching, mainly. And do very well on bigger game and teeth. I lamp with my pure, and we catch allsorts its good fun and she is super obedient, but her nose is the stronger sense, the eyes are less important to a gwp lol Good hunting
  11. dogs-n-natives

    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    Good luck with him Dixie! Any pics of yours?
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    Wirehair Pointer & Cur

    My partner brought him back from the other side of the pond, they have several breeds that they group as 'curs' but they are pure bred dogs for working ranched cattle, or hogs. Several strains are bred for hunting, mine is out of dogs that work boar and also tree coons. He is a good dog to have around the place already. I let my GWP teach him all about hunting wee bit at a time, just trying to keep the sessions short and positive, training and stock breaking has gone pretty well so far. Looking forward to finishing him out, just taking it steady and hunting him very lightly, still some knuckle on him but he has some energy and if he dont go hunting he gets restless and will bay up the dogs or whoever's about, lots of instinct in him. Great feet on him. He's already my friend so I hope he makes a good one lol
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    Gwp X Greyhounds

    They love this job! Edit to add: But worth remembering that they hunt silently, and at a gallop! They also work great with other dogs to do this job as a team.
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    Gwp X Greyhounds

    I'll just have to wait and see when mine brakes down, got a busy winter/spring so hopefully she brakes down after, shes not the most reliable timing.
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