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  • I'm thinking about finally getting a grouse dog. I'm going to train it myself. I've narrowed choices down to britney spaniel or

    I'm thinking about finally getting a grouse dog. I'm going to train it myself. I've narrowed choices down to britney spaniel or english pointer. Which is better suited for grouse? Are they both good house dogs too? That's important since this one is also going to be a family pet.

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    I have hunted pheasants with both and wouldn't trade my brittney for anything. I think they would probably make a better house dog and deffinately are good family dogs. They don't range as much as a pointer and are easy to handle in the field.

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    • #3
      I have had a Brit female for 8 years and she is a real treasure. She was never trained, but has the nose for grouse (finds them if I hit one too)and woodcock. She is as vibrant at 8 years as she was as a pup.

      I would get another tommorrow if I could.

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      • #4
        My friend has an english-pointer and it has a good temperment and he hunts with a lot. He has a younger brother and is good with the both of them. He says it is a good house dog too.

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        • #5
          I would guess the Brit would be better for grouse. English pointers tend to be big runners, and you would need a close working, methodical dog for grouse. I will now shamelessly plug English Setters, as I have just finished my 14th year with mine. I believe we have spent our last day together in the field, but man do we have some memories.

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          • #6
            I would get neither, because a English pointer run usually in a pretty big pattern, and you need a close working dog for grouse. English pointers are very energetic and usually do not make good family pets. I would not get a brittnay, because they are not very good grouse dog, but they do make a family pet. I would consider a gordon setter or an english setter. Setters work close range for grouse hunting, and are very athletic dog. The setters also make very good family dogs. But between a English pointer and a brittnay I would take the brittnay.

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            • #7
              Get a lab best dog's in the world. You can train them to do the same as pointer's and brittnay's just a thought.

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              • #8
                i have english pointers if you train them right they can be close range the other reason is they are short haired and are easy to clean. they are also very good house pets. i have heard having a bird dog in the house can ruin them but when i take my dogs out they are just as good or better then dogs in a kennel.it all depends on the dog that best suits your needs and how well you train him

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                • #9
                  I have come to know 3 britneys pretty well in my short 17 years, and all have been extremely affectionate. My britney is great hunting dog and points pheasants like no other dog I have ever seen. She's also a great family pet. She's much smaller than a pointer too so she's a good indoor dog and great with my younger siblings. I would get any dog but a briney.

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                  • #10
                    Best upland bird dogs on the planet...

                    http://grouseridgesetters.com/

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                    • #11
                      IF AN ENGLISH POINTER IS TO MUCH DOG. CONSIDER A GERMAN SHORT HAIR POINTER. I'VE HAD 5 OF THEM OVER THE LAST 35YRS,THEY HUNT ANYTHING THAT FLYS AND ARE GREAT HOUSE & CHILDREN PETS

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                      • #12
                        Plot hounds are an excellent choice as well.

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                        • #13
                          Go to a bird dog field trial in your area and decide for yourself. Identify the dogs you like best and talk to their owners. Most of them are hobby breeders. You'll soon find yourself with your next dawg.

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                          • #14
                            A brittany is the smallest of the bird dogs and are good pets -great on grouse.

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                            • #15
                              Get a brittney.

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