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 Dennis, thanks for taking the time to speak with us at the St Paul Pheasantfest a few weeks ago. You sure know a lot about dogs, breeds and breeders. Thanks for making me realize there are more dog breeds then the Lab. I have taken your advice gone to your Bdarn.com website and looked at all the major breeds and read a bit about each. There sure are a lot of dog breeds and reasons to own each. We have gotten our choices down to three breeds: GSP, GWP and the WPG. What does one of those three have as an advantage over the other? Thanks Again, Sam H. Prairie Du Chein, WI


Sam it was great to speak to you and all the other people we spoke with at the Pheasantfest, look for some pictures of the Pheasantfest in this issue on pages 10-11.

 Most of my knowledge I attribute to other people. Sit in a booth for 20 hours at a hunting/dog event like Pheasantfest, listen more then you talk and you will be amazed at the little tidbits of information you acquire. Go to a handful of trials and tests in a given year and add some more. Surf a thousand websites and best you start to know something. Then do a few dozen articles on the best breeders and trainers in the world and some things finally sink in.
That said thanks to all that have given me the bits and pieces of dog sense over the years. I try to pass it on and make us all a bit more knowledgable about our dogs and our sport.
Now as far as your three choices in breeds you have chosen a good variety of versatile dogs. They should all hunt any upland or waterfowl you desire. There are a few more you could add to that, but you would not go wrong in anyone you choose.
All three are versatile dogs which means they should both point and retrieve upland as well as waterfowl birds.

 The length of hair of each would make a difference how warm they would stay in case you are doing late season hunting. The German Shorthair can perhaps handle the cold the least best followed by the GWP and then the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. That said, I'd worry more about dogs handling the heat than cold. Reverse the order for handling early season heat, which is more of a problem.
You might also think about how long ranging a dog you are looking for. A pheasant dog should range further than a grouse dog. Good dogs from good bloodlines should adjust themselves. Using the same order my experience is GSPs will range the furthest followed by the GWP and Griffon.
All three breed types should be great family dogs and are usually very smart and trainable. That said find a quality breeder and remember the cheapest thing you will EVER spend on a dog is the purchase price. Paying an extra $300 for a quality dog may SEEM like a lot at the time... but over the 12-15 year life of a dog we are talking $20 a year for a quality easy to train, healthy dog. Good luck, call if you need more advice. And send in your puppy pictures!
Dennis Guldan

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