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    Already been said a few times... lab / heading dog cross. Fit, agile, strong instincts, extremely people centric. First 9-12 months will determine your long-term success. There's one of these in training now where I spend my time, also a part time hunter, what a cool and easy going dog, on top of the basics of stay, get behind, cast out, retrieve and BE QUIET at 10 months.
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    Yeah the training is going to be interesting, i have never owned i dog, hopefully it is easier then training my young fella haha.
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    Even before you get a pup go have a look at puppy school.
    Having one master is better then having five masters training one pup
    One set of rules and been consistent
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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    Yeah the training is going to be interesting, i have never owned i dog, hopefully it is easier then training my young fella haha.
    My dogs listen better then my boy

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    My Hunting Lines Gordon Setter is very able to just chill on his bean bag or sack mat all day long but when the walking boots or rifle comes out he wakes up.
    They generally run 20-35kg so 10kg smaller than the show dogs which leads to fewer joint issues if they are doing lots of milage.
    They can jump but it's that physiologic thing. I had one that was a jumper and anything under 6' did not exist as a barrier but he was encouraged to jump by another dog. My second one will not jump a 4' fence and we have never encouraged jumping.
    Again so much variation in Dogs. First one would not eat if he could play or hunt or be with me. Second one is more dam Lab than setter and is always hungry.
    Still that makes him a very fast learner as he will pay attention real hard if he thinks he will get food. But he's not the dog to try and lie on your lap while watching TV. My first one was the opposite. Very affectionate and did everything for a pat.
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    We have had Working Cocker Spaniels for about twenty years they are small and manageable lifting over fences and the likes but work the best I have seen a working gun dog perform.

    I used to take them beating on driven pheasant shoots back in Scotland when we never saw any others when we left Scotland there were a number had appeared many admired the speed and enthusiasm the Working Cocker's displayed.

    They have the heart of a lion the speed of a cheetah and sometimes do what you want them to do.

    They weigh half a lab and take half the space of a lab and eat half a lab but not at one sitting.

    They are loyal great with kids and will not pull kids all over the place on a leash.

    They are a do it all wee gun dog, we brought four with us from Scotland in 2008.

    They also find and try to retrieve deer !!

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    Or you could befriend a feral cat no need to walk it comes and goes and goes as it pleases I hunt with her, its fun stalking mice in the paddock with the thermal we sneak up on the mice I put the light on them cat does the rest.

    I also walk with the cat and when i see a rabbit I get the cats attention then throw a small stone near where the rabbit is hiding the cat goes to the stone then the chase is on its like watching a lion chase a gazelle.

    She sleeps with the chickens, we have never lost a chicken or need poison or mouse traps since she adopted us and has killed a number of stoats.

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    "Once upon a time everybody had a black Labrador. Then chocolate Labradors arrived on the scene. Now fox red Labs are de rigeur it would seem.

    Mind you, the dog that you’re likely to see in the field just about everywhere now is a working cocker spaniel."

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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    i have never owned i dog.
    another reason to get a lab cross .......

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    I was in a similar situation you and settled on a Lab.

    He’s been the perfect balance between the ideal family dog and part time hunting mutt, has the temperament of a saint and comes in handy in locating stuff.

    Meet Kevin…..

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    Haha he's got a people name.
    He looks like a good boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    I want to buy a dog , but i live in town and dont have a big property (500m2)
    I want the dog to be able to be controlled by my grandfather and children whilst i work so would have to be pretty chill, i really want a pointer but i think it will be to high maintenance.
    I dont want to chain the dog up so fence jumping would be bad.
    We Will be attending dog training classes.
    Half hour of moderate exersize per day(chasing mountain bike)+ a walk with the grandfather/kids
    Hunting wise probably a couple of days duck shooting days( auckland region) and maybe 3 paddock shoots and 2 bush deer trips a year.
    What dog would be suitable?
    any dog will be suitable, most dogs are part time hunting dogs...some may do a bit more than others
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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    Haha he's got a people name.
    The best type of name as far as I am concerned for a dog. "Here Kevin" has a nicer ring to it than "Here Spot" or some such

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    hehe, ok Hayden, dogs in the car seat so where is the kid sitting?

    Funny how dogs sometimes go for the awkward place to sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikee View Post
    The best type of name as far as I am concerned for a dog. "Here Kevin" has a nicer ring to it than "Here Spot" or some such
    There was a time I had a dog named Spook and for a time lived in a small village on a main highway, one night Spook was nutting off and I couldn't see what at so yelled along the line of "Fuck up Spook, I'll kick your black arse"...across the road were two patched MMM members having a quiet smoke, one called out "You talking to me bro?"...we all had a good laugh...so yeah, be careful what you name your dog.
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