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I am looking for input from hunters with experience where they would be able to give input comparing the breeds Lab vs Golden retriever for upland, ducks , grouse and best friend? (would include watch dog to a lesser degree but is also a plus)
Thanks for your input.
 

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Always had goldens (and one setter). Watchdog??, they will bark for "intruders" but if you're not home either breed will help them carry your stuff out to the van.
Love labs also although I never had one but known a lot of them. Coin toss or preference IMO.
 

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P.S. For pheasant etc in fields or heavy cover grouse you will need to put in training time on a retriever to work close to get your shots unless you hunt with several dogs and a bunch of guys like on TV in S. Dakota. I've had some good goldens that worked close and a couple that ranged too far. I think pointing dogs are better for such work. If you hunt mainly waterfowl, obviously....retrievers.
 

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Since you plan to use the dog for both upland hunting and non-slip retrieving, I would think you will be looking for a dog specifically bred for those activities. Breeders raising field trial or hunt test dogs would fit the bill. That said, I think it will be much easier to find Labs that are bred that way.
 

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Agree with DAP. Tough to find Goldens from hunting lines now. Not that you can't if that's what you decide.
 

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Mine takes a beating in the grouse woods, and a beating from my 3 year old and twin 1 year olds. Absolute wonderful dogs. Just be sure you can see the parents, and such before you buy. It will be hard for me to ever find another lab as good as mine on all level.

Just do yourself a favor and get a good force fetch instructor, my only regret with my dog.
 

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Just be careful with the young ones with the dogs.

While some labs will take anything and not care, some WILL care. I have yet to see a flat-out aggressive lab, assuming no abuse or such, but little kids can really push dogs' buttons sometimes.

I have three kids....the youngest one is 4.5 yrs old and needs constant reminders on what isn't ok with the dog.
 

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Thanks for the input you all, I appreciate it.

Well I found a new little hunting buddy.
The breeder currently has one male left that he's selling at a significantly discounted price. I expect these will be very good hunters. They also have an inclination to point birds..

This is the Sire;
[url]http://www.huntinglabpedigree.com/pedigree.asp?id=21155http://www.huntinglabpedigree.com/pedigree.asp?id=21155[/url]

This is the Dam;[url]http://www.medlinfoxredlabs.com/foxy.htmlhttp://www.medlinfoxredlabs.com/foxy.html[/url]
 
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