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I am thinking of buying a started male Springer Spaniel, and I was wondering what people thought about this breed as being a field dog, and how do they handle being shot over? Do they do well on all types of bird hunting (duck, pheasant, quail, partridge, etc.)? I understand it partially has to do with how they dog is trained too. And how are they as family pets as well? For shooting related, does anybody bring theirs to trap, sporting clay, or skeet events? Thanks.

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I had a springer for 12 years.Absolutely the best gun dog and retriever that I had ever seen then and now. A great breed for hunting and the family. You do have to do your part with the training and time spent. Get a field dog as opposed to a dog from show lines. You will not be sorry to have a Springer
 

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I have two ess field trial dogs. They are excellent with kids. If your started dog was trained properly shooting over it will be no issue. Just make sure it was not out of bench breeding. I would watch it train before buying, since it is "started". Quality breeding is all important.
 

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Torn.... Beagles! Lol, well true Beagles can't be beat when it comes to personality, and howling too.

Jack Russel Terrier is the way to go, however be prepared as the Jack Russell has offen been described as a terrorist in a clown suit. The wife wants one,I'm not so sure. I want something that is happy to guard the couch, not tear it apart.
 

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Good breed if the genetics are good- a lot of dogs just thrown together

If you were truly buying a "started" dog- you can see all the performance and ask for all the genetic related condition test results- such as hips and eyes and elbows and EIC

Do that

Regards from Iowa

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I had a field bred Springer. Winston was his name. I got Winston when he was 9 months old. The first owner had abused him and he was badly damaged. It took a long time before he was comfortable in his own skin. His only interest in life was me and going hunting. We traveled everywhere together, except work. My Grandkiddies were all born after he came into my life and he would chomp them when they pestered him. I think if he was introduced into the family after the Grandkiddies were born, it would have been different. Winston, his mother and three of his siblings all died of cancer within a year of each other. I miss Winston and have fond memories of the times we spent together. Bill Malcolm
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, the owner is going to bring him to my farm and do a demo using pigeons so we can do it all from flushing to shooting over and retrieving, to test all spots in the field process. I also looked at all medical forms and all the tests have been done, I have the pedigree and the AKC registration. Anything else I should watch out for? This "started" dog is still in-tact (not neutered) and he is almost 9 months old, and has been to field trials before for practice. What's everybody’s favorite part about the English Springer Spaniels?

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jr.sportingclays,

They are RELENTLESS hunters; they are EAGER to please their masters; they are LOYAL to the death; they are SOFT hearted and great around the house.....mine died two years ago and I am still in mourning!
 

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Thanks Bangalore, it's always sad when that day comes, that's why I am looking for a new "best-friend". My previous dog died almost a year ago, she only had three legs but she sure could move!
 

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I bought a started Springer Spaniel from a trainer I met at a Field Trials competition. I wanted a dog that was not gun-shy and had good field trial bloodlines, not a show dog. Our family loved that dog more than any other. She was great with kids, superb as a hunting dog, and was entertaining as well. Lindsay was never in a house, experienced stairs or grasped the concept of house training when we got her at 8 months old. Always fast to learn and eager to please with absolutely unreal energy. Yes, my family let her on the furniture and even eat a few potato chips but she lived to hunt birds. I wished they could breed a dog that would live exactly as long as we do. Most old timers have buried a lot of wonderful dogs in their life.
 

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Hunted and ran field trials for 40 years with English Springers. What do I like best: 1. they are easy to train. 2. they will retrieve dove [Labs won't]. 3. once trained - they stay trained. 4. will hunt in any condition. and 5. flat out lovers of the family. Fred
 

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Tron you hijacked this fine thread to go fishing? Shame on you.I know it gets boring here in the off season but a little restraint, please. A friend had a black and white springer that was absolutely the best house dog I have ever been around. He would go to the door and give a little woof to be let out for his business when he was 8 weeks old. He was a pretty fair pheasant dog too. Bill
 

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9 months old is hardly a "started" dog- what you are going to see at that age is his natural ability

He also hasnt had any "medical tests" of significance

He hasnt had his hips checked or eyes or elbows or EIC

You are buying an older puppy is what you are buying

So the pedigree doesnt mean anything unless you have the medical results of the dogs in that pedigree- mom and dad

The AKC registration means less than nothing

So find out what the parents hip ratings were as a minimum and get someone to show you how to read a pedigree and what to look for

Regards from Iowa

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