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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone using GSP?

Anyone run a GSP for waterfowl on here? Curious for some feedback.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone run a GSP for waterfowl on here? Curious for some feedback.
I have 4 GSP's. They are fine waterfowl dogs. If all I did was waterfowl, I'd probably lean toward a lab but I do lots of upland and prefer pointing dogs. GSP are very versatile. I've yet to have an issue with them handling cold weather but they have much shorter & thinner coats than typical retriever breeds. I put a vest on them and they do fine. I wouldn't expect them to handle all day single digit temps.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-30-2018, 07:40 AM
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Beautiful GSP's BRDOGS

Mine has done an early season goose hunt & she was fine, but it was warmer. Mine is on the small side and she hates the cold. I'm not sure how long she'd be able to sit still in the cold. Running around a field or the woods she'll go for hours in single degree temps, but even in temps that I don't think are that cold - if she's not moving - she's shivering. I'll take her out for doves in september, but she has a hard time understanding why we're just sitting along the edges of the fields instead of hunting them lol
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Beautiful GSP's BRDOGS

Mine has done an early season goose hunt & she was fine, but it was warmer. Mine is on the small side and she hates the cold. I'm not sure how long she'd be able to sit still in the cold. Running around a field or the woods she'll go for hours in single degree temps, but even in temps that I don't think are that cold - if she's not moving - she's shivering. I'll take her out for doves in september, but she has a hard time understanding why we're just sitting along the edges of the fields instead of hunting them lol
It does take a little training to get them to sit quietly.

I use an Avery dog blind when waterfowl hunting. You can see in one of the pics. I will keep a few wool blankets in there and a crate pad to have some insulation between them and the ground. When making water retrieves in the cold weather I will try and dry them off before getting back into their blind. Seems to keep them out there longer. Again, I wouldn't expect them to be able to handle extreme cold for long periods like say a lab or chessie but they will get them job done.
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I'm currently weighing my options with a golden retriever or a GSP. If I go with the golden I loose the pointing dog and I have a dog that flushes. Also the breeder I would like to get mine from that my cousin got his near Gettsyburg I believe it's called We Be Golden I have ZERO contact info. Website lacks email and phone number so I've been having a tough time trying to even contact them. I'm leaning GSP since I'd like to go all out and really get into pheasant and grouse hunting. There is also a good breeder locally in Schwenksville and a lot of their dogs hunt waterfowl. Luckily the river I waterfowl hunt once it starts getting super cold I have no issue shutting a dog down due to cold/ice floats. Also I can make most retrieves at this location. The locations that do need a dog in south NJ I will have at least one available.
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