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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-26-2019, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a new dog: GSP or Gordon Setter

I am looking for a new dog and am thinking of a GSP. I live and hunt in NEPA and would want a close working dog with an easy going personality. The dog would be in the house with the family all of the time. I hunt grouse, woodcock and pheasants in thick cover. Wondering if anyone has had any experience with any kennels in the PA, NY, NJ area? I have always had Gordons and love them, but cant seem to find any breeders that have the larger older style (they were almost like a Ryman setter in size and hunting style) I cant seem to locate the breeder that I had gotten the previous dogs from in Wisconsin, it was Tartana Kennels run by Holly Wachuta. Excellent dogs. I am not interested in the smaller field trial style dogs like the Springsets, though they are good hunters too. Any reccomendations would be appreciated.
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This is out close to Erie but not nearly as far for you as Wisconsin.I bought a GSP pup from him in oct 2017 from the recommendation of a friend.She's a GSP so she's a little bit of a PIA but otherwise,the most affectionate,obedient dog I've ever had.Her natural ability to hunt amazes me every time we have her out.She in your face constantly but the entertainment value she provides along with her affectionate personality and ability to hunt far outweigh the times when she drives me crazy.

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He breeds his dogs a little on the bigger side.Mine just turned 19 mo old and she weighs close to 70lbs.
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I would recommend ShoreShot GSPs( see website). They are located in Barnegat, NJ. Active with NAVHDA and do a great job of selective breeding. I have a 3yr old male that I am over the top happy with. I can also PM over contact info if interested.

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She in your face constantly but the entertainment value she provides along with her affectionate personality and ability to hunt far outweigh the times when she drives me crazy.
"Entertainment" value ... nice way of putting it ....LOL ... I have a 5 month old GSP puppy & she's certainly provided some "entertainment" value so far. My 5 year old GSP however is certainly not entertained by the shenanigans of this 5 month old puppy.
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Buy a copy of the "Pointing Dog Journal" they have adds in the back of the magazine for old time larger Gordon Setters

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There are a couple guys on this board that have those lines of Gordons, I think. Both grouse hunters.

Robert Ecker of Midnight kennels has a female Gordon from a litter of one of them. He would be able to help you out if your looking for a setter (English or Gordon)
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As I mentioned in my thread "To Hunt or Not", I had to put down my great GSP in Dec.

After 4 long months of being dogless and much thought as to if he could be replaced, I checked the Warriors Mark Kennel website and darned if they didn't have a litter due in late March. I was thrilled to get the 3rd pick of males available around Memorial Day.

I just checked their website and notice that all of the GSP were sold which does you no good.

However, they may be worth checking because they indicated that there may be another litter available in the near future. Good luck in your search.
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I've hunted with dogs that came from Warriors mark and they they were good dogs.
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"Entertainment" value ... nice way of putting it ....LOL ... I have a 5 month old GSP puppy & she's certainly provided some "entertainment" value so far. My 5 year old GSP however is certainly not entertained by the shenanigans of this 5 month old puppy.
Five months old was a pretty trying time for ours.When she was about 9mo old she actually went through the window in our living room to get at some robins in the yard lol.That was a fun phone call from my wife at work,considering she didn't want the dog to begin with.After about a year,she started to figure things out and became much more manageable.Now I just laugh every night when I look over and see the dog sleeping on my wife's lap.The older I get,the more I like dogs and dislike people.I'll never be without a GSP.
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