Our beloved greyhound passed away last December and now I'm starting to get pressure from the family to get another dog.

Initially I was against the idea, but it occurred to me that this might be a great opportunity to get a hunting dog, that could also be a good companion dog. 

Anybody been down this road and have suggestions on good breeds?

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Depends on several factors:

  *  What kind of hunting do you do (ie retriever vs pointer vs flusher)

  *  How old are your kids?  And will the kids be a factor on being active with the dog?

  *  Do you want an active dog ... one that requires a lot of attention? 

  *  Do you have a yard (or nearby field) that would support the dog's hunting training exercises?

*  What kind of hunting do you do (ie retriever vs pointer vs flusher)

- not sure yet. I've done pheasant, grouse and duck in years past. Need to get a better feel for what's available around here. Field trials looks interesting as well.

 

How old are your kids?  And will the kids be a factor on being active with the dog?

- 1 Boy, 6 years old. I expect so. Our greyhound wasn't much of play dog...she ran around the yard and that's about it. She didn't fetch or anything like that. I think that a dog that can be worked with will be much more fun for all of us.

 

Do you want an active dog ... one that requires a lot of attention?

- that question relates to the above question. I do want a dog that can relax when we are indoors.

 

Do you have a yard (or nearby field) that would support the dog's hunting training exercises?

- we have a good sized yard, and a large field within our subdivision..but I'm not sure what constitutes a good area for training. We do plan to move (as soon as the market improves enough) to a new place with 5 or more acres.

 

Just poking around the hunting dog world online, I liked the attributes of the Llewellyn Setter as one example.

I am not familar with that setter, but that is good you are looking at attributes of the breed.  Once you find a particular breed, be sure that you state your requirements that you showed above to the breeder.  That way they can look for those attributes in their litters.

 

I am partial to black labs for a great companion and hunting dog.  But I have several Westies because of my daughters (who are not hunters) and them liking a inside companion dog. 

 

Jon

John,

 

Tim McLaughlin is a vet in Troy and avid duck hunter.  Shoot him a message through the site and I'm sure he'll give you some great direction.

 

Chris

BTW, if you decide on getting a beagle or hound let me know.  I have a friend who raises them out in Brighton specifically for hunting and tracking.

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