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    Zaragoza, Spain
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  1. I will try and find about it in English. Basically the story of this breed comes from 70 years ago when the marquis of Valdueza wanted to come up with the perfect pack hunting dog for Central Spain's hunting grounds. In a few words: podenco campanero (white traditional big sized ones), local light mastiff and a nivernais griffon male called Fransuá's blood (and a true passion for hunting boar with dogs) were part of the secret.
  2. Like Mushroom said, that's the type. Not only they are reasonably powerful (they are supposed to flush and also stop boars but not on a solo mode) but also quite hard against wounds and deseases. I personally prefer their way of hunting rather than the dogos and alanos ways although a nice hold on a big boar by one of them is always thrilling. Nice link you've found by the way!
  3. The main blood is still podenco. There's a heavy type called "Valduezas" specially improved for boar and deer. They usually try to get as close as that morphology as possible; that is try to keep the nose, cleverness and stamina of true hunting podencos and the power of a boxer or a local mastiff, much less dominant and aggressive than dogos and, being more muscled, less that these last ones.
  4. Hi mate. These dogs aren't allowed in some regions here (mine is one of them). It really is a political issue. Let's just say that in the last elections Walt Disney was able to put a politician in many local governments. Since banning hunting was completely out of reach, a couple of accidents involving cattle and dogos were the perfect excuse for these guys to ban their use here. Trekkers, bikers, mushroom recollecters and such also put pressure to make this ban effective so, from last season, dogs with wide chests and block heads are not allowed for hunting. Hopefully this will change soon but at the moment it has meant that many dog pack handlers ("rehalas" are called here) have had to get rid of great alanos, presas and dogos. Anyways, I'm glad you enjoyed yesterday's hunt. You really walked a few miles in rough terrain! We definitely have to try that dog of yours with these pigs!
  5. Hi there! Look at this one. One of my hunting pals shot it on an alfalfa field with a special pest permit (well, not that special, in fact quite common nowadays). He wasn´t a big one but look how fat he was and how big his tusks are. I guess not enough for a 300 win mag Cheers!
  6. Totally agree with the type of birds that make great pointers. Snipe and woodcock are superb birds for that purpose. I once went snipe hunting and it was a complete joy (well, I think I hadn't missed so many birds in my entire life but I had a great time). Sorry to hear you lack the other birds.
  7. Hi David. Quails arrive from Africa in spring and the hunting season is in August-September. When I was a kid there used to be a lot of them, specially in high altitude cereal fields but the fact that Northern Africa has now plenty of irrigated areas, specially Morocco, and the awful netting being practiced by some b*****ds who consider themselves hunters at the coast border has reduced their numbers dramatically. The good thing is that you can go and just train your pointer and decide to shoot or not. In my opinion quail hunting is the best school for pointers. As I said, can't wait for them and put my young setter to the test! Cheers.
  8. Speaking about brittanies... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vk3WKiDMrPw
  9. Any pointer with a very steady trained point would suit you. Continental ones are more "calm" and easy to train but hey, you have the most specialized pointing dog breeds in Britain! My opinion: consider the type of land you hunt on, check how much training hours you could spend on it, find nice working bloodlines and train, train, train and train. After that try and train a bit more! Ive never had a bad dog, the issue has always been the training time spent. Good luck on your search.
  10. Believe me, that isn't good news. They are very intelligent, adaptable, strong and opportunistic, don't have predators in Britain and have large litters. I hope your hunting authorities stop that "Disney" attitude and allow you to use dogs to chase them. For the sake of a balanced environment. I cleared my hunting ground off them last weekend (around 20 dogs working) and this morning there were tracks all over the place!!
  11. Here were not allowed to shoot sows followed by piglets, so when you stalk it is easy to check, but in driven hunts it is obviously more difficult to judge the animal so we only check if they aren't followed by piglets. You also have to consider that boars here are a real problem, specially in my region. They are a real pest and usually we have permission to shoot them all year round. With this I mean that population management really is focused on reducing the numbers. Be careful in Britain with these pigs, they can get out of control in very short time and they are a real nuisance for ground nesting birds and recently born fawns (and great crop destroyers). The one in the pic wasn't followed by any piglet obviously. It arrived with a bigger one. Cheers!
  12. Can't wait for quail season and points!!!!
  13. I'll post more images as soon as we start the spring training. Thank you.
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