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    Oh dear - 'This name is invalid' - I really thought that you had finally made up all your minds and decided on a Lab and all you had to do was find a good breeder - and then get the pup !

    Labs are what is classed as a gun dog breed as is vizslas and the breed I love - GSPs - German short-haired pointers.

    Have you ever been to a show to see any of the dogs that you have said that the family have liked the look of ?

    All breeds of dogs can and will be very different in nature and ability - and this can happen in the same breed. Just doing internet searches and asking on forums - is the first step in looking for a pup - not the only way to find a pup that you would like to live with for 10 or more years ! If you are lucky !

    So what I would suggest to you and your family at this stage is to do the following - which should have been done right at the beginning of your quest for a pup - if you all are looking now at a pure breed pup:

    1. Do up a list of what you want in a dog - for example - what size, shape, looks, fur type, nature (though a lot of that is to do with training), health and anything else you can think of,

    2. Then the next list you need to make up is what you can offer a pup. I feel this is the most important list - because if you are really honest - you will find a lot of the breeds you have looked at are maybe unsatisfactory.

    3. After these lists are drawn up - then I would be off seeing the pups at the shows - and talking face to face to heaps of breeders. You can always come home after the shows and look up the different breeders on line and/or do internet searches. There is heaps of information out there. But - nothing beats meeting the dogs and breeders - face to face !

    So - homework, research - is really important - particularly when you are trying to satisfy different family members !
    Last edited by RileyJ; 06-02-2012 at 08:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    So, a gun dog or a gun dog?
    Not being funny, they are lovely. Look sort of like a pointer to me.
    I have an odd pointer style of dog. Well he thinks so anyway.
    He was an accident - the AWL said he was an ACDxBC. Lol.

    He has a lot of personality and I can't imagine our life without him.
    Would that be Snoop? I had a look at your album - beautiful dog!

    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Oh dear - 'This name is invalid' - I really thought that you had finally made up all your minds and decided on a Lab and all you had to do was find a good breeder - and then get the pup !

    Labs are what is classed as a gun dog breed as is vizslas and the breed I love - GSPs - German short-haired pointers.

    Have you ever been to a show to see any of the dogs that you have said that the family have liked the look of ?

    All breeds of dogs can and will be very different in nature and ability - and this can happen in the same breed. Just doing internet searches and asking on forums - is the first step in looking for a pup - not the only way to find a pup that you would like to live with for 10 or more years ! If you are lucky !

    So what I would suggest to you and your family at this stage is to do the following - which should have been done right at the beginning of your quest for a pup - if you all are looking now at a pure breed pup:

    1. Do up a list of what you want in a dog - for example - what size, shape, looks, fur type, nature (though a lot of that is to do with training), health and anything else you can think of,

    2. Then the next list you need to make up is what you can offer a pup. I feel this is the most important list - because if you are really honest - you will find a lot of the breeds you have looked at are maybe unsatisfactory.

    3. After these lists are drawn up - then I would be off seeing the pups at the shows - and talking face to face to heaps of breeders. You can always come home after the shows and look up the different breeders on line and/or do internet searches. There is heaps of information out there. But - nothings beats meeting the dogs and breeders - face to face !

    So - homework, research - is really important - particularly when you are trying to satisfy different family members !
    Well, we had already decided on a lab using the methods you suggested...but then I found the vizsla and thought I'd add it as a second option. Everyone would be happy with either dog, so it's just a matter of picking one. What I am slightly worried about, though, (I know I've asked this about other breeds before) is that vizslas might be require too much exercise. I remember last time I asked that, you guys said that all of the breeds I'm looking at are pretty similar in that respect, but every time I read something about vizslas someone is always saying how energetic they are.
    The reason I ask questions here is that SO many sources contradict each other on the net. "The vizsla is hard to train", "the vizsla is a very easy dog to train", "The vizsla needs hours of strenuous exercise daily", "the vizsla needs daily exercise", etc. I don't know who to believe!

    Anyway, I should be able to make it to the all breeds show in a couple of weeks' time. Or maybe we will have decided by then, or just visit a breeder instead.

    Thanks!

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    Hey Matty, It is really confusing at times as people have very different interpretations of different traits ie "easy/hard to train", as compared to what? Different experiences of different breeds can put out there very different opinions.

    But I see you have read a lot of information on both breeds so you should have a good general idea!
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    The HV needs lots of exercise. They are a gun dog and as such needs physical and mental stimulation to make both it and you happy.

    I wouldn't say they are a breed that is quick to mature, but many gun dogs aren't. Yes they are a smart dog, good to train but they do not mature early like say a ACD or Kelpie. They are a strong dog so you need to start teaching good loose leash walking from early on.

    The things that I think are very important when selecting a breed is to look at what their purpose was, even though dogs aren't "used" like they use to, a lot of instincts still are very strong, it will give you an indication of what they need. After that I look at coat and to a degree size, eg: can I fit the dog in my car. Then the next thing I look at is how much physical and mental stimulation am I going to have to supply to make this dog happy which will inturn make me happy as it's less likely to be destructive, noisy, anxious etc etc.

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    Labradors, tollers, vislas, german short haired pointers... are all "gun dogs", ie in the "old days" or not so old days... people when shooting with these dogs... ie the dogs flushed "game" and didn't go bonkers when they heard gun shot, and then went and fetched what was shot without mangling it.

    Well that's the aim. Not sure how it goes in practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    The HV needs lots of exercise. They are a gun dog and as such needs physical and mental stimulation to make both it and you happy.

    I wouldn't say they are a breed that is quick to mature, but many gun dogs aren't. Yes they are a smart dog, good to train but they do not mature early like say a ACD or Kelpie. They are a strong dog so you need to start teaching good loose leash walking from early on.

    The things that I think are very important when selecting a breed is to look at what their purpose was, even though dogs aren't "used" like they use to, a lot of instincts still are very strong, it will give you an indication of what they need. After that I look at coat and to a degree size, eg: can I fit the dog in my car. Then the next thing I look at is how much physical and mental stimulation am I going to have to supply to make this dog happy which will inturn make me happy as it's less likely to be destructive, noisy, anxious etc etc.
    So roughly how much are we talking? An hour of jogging a day? Two?
    Thanks for helping, I'll keep that last bit in mind.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Labradors, tollers, vislas, german short haired pointers... are all "gun dogs", ie in the "old days" or not so old days... people when shooting with these dogs... ie the dogs flushed "game" and didn't go bonkers when they heard gun shot, and then went and fetched what was shot without mangling it.

    Well that's the aim. Not sure how it goes in practice.
    Well that can't be a bad thing, I guess.

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    Awesome! Thanks for that. Looks like I've got a lot of reading to do.

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    Oh hey, just had an idea...why dont you go to your local shelter and enquire about sitting a dog for the weekend, some places do that. Just so you can see what is involved, how hypo a certain breed can get and stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Oh hey, just had an idea...why dont you go to your local shelter and enquire about sitting a dog for the weekend, some places do that. Just so you can see what is involved, how hypo a certain breed can get and stuff like that.
    Good idea, I'll see if any local shelters will allow it. Maybe longer than a weekend though...or maybe we'll end up keeping it! I don't know, we'll see.

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