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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    GSP - being hunting dog as in find game - not retrieve stuff shot by someone else - might not be so good with rabbits. But you'd never lose the rabbits.
    GSPs are classified as 'Gun Dogs' - as seen here on this site: Australian National Kennel Council

    They are found in Group 3 at Dog Shows and that is why GSPs have soft mouths and webbed feet ! They definitely do retrieve ! That is why they are classed as the great all- rounder breed of dog !

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    Medium size breeds I would suggest any of the bigger spaniels. Welsh Springers are lovely (they can have a degenerative eye thing so stock needs to be tested clear). Fields are drop dead gorgeous. Clumbers and Sussex are my favourites but harder to come by. And English Springers are more available.

    A Brittany might suit as well, but they are higher drive and may chase little animals. I don't know them personally though, so it may be more used to their raising.

    Otherwise - Collies. Rough, or Bearded (gotta love a beardie!!) if you can keep up with the coat. Or Smooth if you don't like brushing. Collies can be a bit barky though. But great with kids - especially the beardies, and great with other little critters.

    And I would never have bull breeds or mastiffs either. Just not at all my cup of tea. I can appreciate their qualities, but... nope. Not ever. Sorry to hear about your Tibetans though.

    Sorry - didn't read whole thread. I have had greyhounds around pet bunnies but you have to be prepared for them to get excited around the cages. Although I've never had one work hard to get to caged small fluffies like a terrier will. Whippets and Italians would be much the same - sighthounds are sighthounds. And not around chooks unless the chooks are very secure. Any stray chooks can get grabbed quickly - and even if it is a playful grab it is usually fatal, even from an Iggie.
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    Riley

    I know GSP are gun dogs and do retreive - there's one at the park that gets exercised using a tennis ball... but wouldn't they also chase rabbits - the whole pointing thing? A pointer dog is about pointing out game and flushing it, as well as getting it once shot.

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    I am a tad confused !

    Firstly:


    Originally Posted by Hyacinth

    GSP - being hunting dog as in find game - not retrieve stuff shot by someone else - might not be so good with rabbits. But you'd never lose the rabbits."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Riley

    I know GSP are gun dogs and do retreive - there's one at the park that gets exercised using a tennis ball... but wouldn't they also chase rabbits - the whole pointing thing? A pointer dog is about pointing out game and flushing it, as well as getting it once shot.
    Split the difference and just put it down to 'crossed - wires' ?

    Pointing is in the breed - can't be trained - it is just something that they naturally do from a very, very young age. Sometimes can be seen as early as 3 or 4 weeks - but usually definitely by 6 weeks.

    Chasing rabbits, for example will depend on the breeding of the pup and more importantly the training of the pup - and then where that particular rabbit/hare is !

    GSPs can be trained to accept other animals in their home life - it is more successful if they are started young - not much different to other breeds of dogs - really ! It can be done when they are older - just takes more time and patience !

    Riley is allowed to chase small lizards and geckos at home - anything else gets a 'leave it' command. Haven't seen any other sort of 'dead stuff' around the yard for quite a long while - so it must be working ! When we are out and about - he is always on lead and he has a totally different 'mindset'. On lead, requires different behaviour that is expected by me from him.

    Training what we want from our pups is what it is all about - some take longer to train and others - not so long. Spend the time and energy on training earlier on in the pup's life - and then you can reap the rewards later.

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    Agree with all this Riley.

    Snoopy was tracking and pointing from any early age.
    We saw hares one day, he was on leash and we sat quietly
    and watched them playing, until he let out a little squeak of
    excitement and they ran off.
    On leash is on leash, there is no lunging.
    We have always had to avoid the ducks however, as duck is duck
    and if too close or, if God forbid, wing flapping occurs then his
    self control can fail.
    I have just rehomed our last duck (foxes) as it seemed the older he gets the
    let tolerant he is of a duck parading around the place.

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    I suggest looking through something like this: List of dog breeds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Just use your gut instinct from looks alone and select maybe a handful of ones you and the family like, then read into them and see if you can speak with someone that has that particular dog and go from there.

    I have a lab and he is great with our little, all other animals and pretty much everyone, lot of work though...

    I'd also stay away from mastiffs and staffies, without starting an argument with anyone here and with all due respect to those that own them I just think that from experience and the facts that are out there that they are significantly more prone to attack a human or another animal then other breeds of dog and I think when you have children safety is of utmost concern with any animal. No doubt there are probably hundreds of thousands of well behaved staffies and mastiffs.

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    Whoa!

    Goindeep for someone who didn't want to start an argument you just did pretty darn well in getting one of the ground......

    Facts eh ?
    Care to show me the 'facts' that prove Bully breeds are more 'prone' to attack ?

    There are large numbers of family people here on the forum,with kids no less that own Bull breeds , including a Bull Mastiff ( though he's really a super model and Sean just tries to make him think he's a dog) myself included.

    Seriously though , that is a pretty loaded comment?
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    Goes with the name Choppa. Goindeep is jumping in the deep end!!

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    I'll admit thats not the first thing that came to mind Nat but this is a family forum
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    Great minds and all Choppa... But the jumping in analogy did seem a little more suited to a non x rated forum!

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