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    Cool, cheers for the advice. Exercise shouldnt be a problem we are both active running biking ect, and there is a river, beach and lake close to where we are moving

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    GSP s are not for first time dog IMO , I'm onto third one and still trying to get it right . Sounds like a lab be perfect . End of the day your choice , 16 yrs with a poor choice of dog can be a drag . Just my 2 cents worth .
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    Is that because they need a lot of training?

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    If your prepared to put in the hard work then a pointer will be awesome. they are full on thou. i have a wirehair x gsp/ep and she is a lovely dog but i got caught out under estermating her prey drive. i got given some great advice from guys on here as well as her breeder and i enjoy her more everyday, very loyal very smart and quite easy to train. just have to be consistant day in and day out. loves the water as well. real keen to please.

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    Awesome cheers, i like labs as well but how can you be sure your getting a well bred dog, everyone seems to claim they are well bred, is it a bit hit and miss? Most labs ive seen seem to be fat and lazy haha

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    Make contact with some field trial people. They are really helpful and passionate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DXROLLA View Post
    Awesome cheers, i like labs as well but how can you be sure your getting a well bred dog, everyone seems to claim they are well bred, is it a bit hit and miss? Most labs ive seen seem to be fat and lazy haha

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    What did the owners look like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sAsLEX View Post
    What did the owners look like?
    What a rude question!!!
    But it is exactly what I was thinking.
    Fat lazy dogs are what their owners have made them.
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    The owners probably were fat and lazy as well haha. I think i have narrowed the search dowm to a gsp or lab, lab probably being the best choice for what we need but just worried about finding one thats well bred. I love the look of the english pointer as above and the gsps + viszla but maybe too much work for a beginner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DXROLLA View Post
    The owners probably were fat and lazy as well haha. I think i have narrowed the search dowm to a gsp or lab, lab probably being the best choice for what we need but just worried about finding one thats well bred. I love the look of the english pointer as above and the gsps + viszla but maybe too much work for a beginner?

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    Couple of 'points'...

    I think out of the breeds you have mentioned the lab and the pointer (talking working strains of both here) will be the most instinctive, and therefore in the right hands the easiest to work with. However, both are bred for very different jobs! What do you need your dog to do? I don't think the pointer is it.

    First point, being your first dog, get a mentor. Someone with experience in that breed, on the task you plan to use it on.
    That said I don't think you need a pointing breed personally; but if you do read on....

    My second point is, While I can name individuals of both the Vizsla and the GSP I really like, there isn't anyone with a kennel producing consistent dogs that I'd recommend. @RCGSP has left NZ, which is a shame as I liked the GSPs he was producing. Have you given thought to a wirehair? There's really only one wirehair kennel worth talking to about in NZ, and for a pointing breed for deer and ducks I think they are pretty neat. PM @kawhia to speak about the breed, I really like the dogs I've seen from his kennel
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    any sort of dog requires time,time and more time spent training or actual hunting the end result is a reflection of that.
    labs and the various lab crosses seem to have a good following and depending on the individual can provide a decent companion/hunting mate......... for whatever reason unless you have a breed in mind and a passion to see it reach it's breed potential most pups will grow to suit your current needs regardless of the pedigree or lack of.

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    Yeah im really in two minds of what to get, i really like the look of the vizsla and how athletic they are, but on the other hand i dont want to ruin the dog if for what ever reason we get busy during the calving season or something that we cant exercise it enough. So in that case maybe a lab would be a better option? But than finding the right breeder. Lots to think about, lucky were not in a hurry haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pointer View Post
    Couple of 'points'...


    First point, being your first dog, get a mentor. Someone with experience in that breed, on the task you plan to use it on.
    That said I don't think you need a pointing breed personally;
    On this point about getting a mentor is there any one on here from around the christchurch/canterbury area that has a working lab or gsp or vizsla that wouldnt mind me coming and having a look/showing me how they are.

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    Gidday DXROLLA,
    I don't know of any Viszla breeders down your way but there's a few here in the Waikato.I got mine as a 6wk pup and now at 4yrs she is really coming into her own.I chose the breed because I wanted a hunting dog that could walk as far as I could,hunt whatever I chose to seek that day and be great with kids when at home.She does all the above.I'm no expert so the dog and I have learnt together and we are now a good team,I think she might be the brains sometimes.Really rate the Viszla's,very high energy levels(you can't wear them out!)great temperament,totally loyal and personality plus(you will need a sense of humour)but as she gets older the better she gets and she loves helicopter rides!
    Hope this helps,good luck with whatever breed you decide.

 

 

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