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Blueboybilly

Cocker Or Springer

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Hi,

 

I have joined a local shoot in a trade off where I go beating in exchange for hunting permission with my Lucher and Whippet. Happy days.

 

I am currently beating without a dog but would like to take on a pup for next season. The decision that I am struggling with is - Springer or Cocker.

 

When I speak to the Springer guys they tell me to get a Springer because they are more intelligent but when I speak to the cocker guys they tell me to get a cocker because they are more steady.

 

For me the dog needs to be:

 

Bidable

Intelligent

Fast

Steady

 

All opinions welcome!

 

BBB

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Not much in them mate..i've owned both and think cockers can be a little more complexed at times but if you get the training right either will do the job just fine

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If it just for beating mate either will do. I prefer my springers but would happily take a cocker.

Cockers are a little more nuts in my opinion but work really hard, they can also be a little harder to control when they are onto something. But right training and you'll be golden with either.

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I love my cocker n that word doesn't come easy for me but seen some good springers aswell good luck..

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why does it have to be fast

It doesn't need to be fast, however, a fast dog is my preference - I enjoy watching (and owning) fast working dogs. I also think that it goes better with Field Trials

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A mate of mine has a Sprocker and it works extremely well... not had any experience with any of the breeds myself but he used to swear by a cocker but in the last few years he has kept sprockers and loves them

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It wasn't that long ago when they came from the same litters. Cockers were the smaller pups in the litter, springers were the larger one's. Go for a springer if your going to do a bit of picking up as well as beating. Not that Cockers can't manage it but springers have the size advantage to help with larger cock birds.

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I've never had a cocker but my dads had a lot. I find them to needy for my liking so i stick to springers. Did have a good sprocker tho. Think most of it is personal preference tbh.

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Cockers rock, labs are born half trained , springers die half trained and all dogs will drive you nuts Atb Joe

true haha :thumbs: , a saluki or saluki x would drive you nuts then, from what people say lol

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for me a springer everytime, speaking only from the ones ive seen cockers have been headless chickens and seem to put more game up crashing about rather than nose, also a lot softer than a springer for thick brambles ect and with a lot of them their size lets them down aswell for retrieving seen small bitches struggling with cock pheasants.as I say just from what I have seen. cheers

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