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negatives of a short dog?

Postby Johnyd883 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:11 am

i have a golden retriever that ive trained and i got her now to the point i think shes finished but shes short, shes 19 in from her back to the floor, real short legged, what are so problems yall have experienced with short dogs , is it even worth it hunting with her? what are the negative? any positives? thanks guys
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:48 am

Some habitat wears a short dog down faster than a tall one, but most dogs hunting it probably aren't asked to make enough retrieves during a hunt for it to be a serious issue.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:27 pm

Avoid really deep mud and you should be fine.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby BKScripto » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:37 pm

corncob wrote:short dogs drag their peckers on the ground

Lmfao :D

OP, I wouldn't worry about it. Just hunt your dog and enjoy. You'll be fine.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby Hairy Dawg » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:49 pm

I just measured Reese, & his back is somewhere between 16" & 17". The only terrain that I'd be concerned about would be gator infested, but that's got nothing to do with his height. My experience is that I can loose him a little quicker in heavy cover, but other than that, he'll trudge through anything I send him through, & bring back everything I shoot. I say hunt him.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby Spry Yellowdog » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:58 pm

I think short or tall both have there merit.
Short are swimming in shallower water above the mud sucks. Tall get through the mud sucks better.
Short burrow under laid over cattails and weeds easier. Tall go over the top faster when in pursuit.
Short do get more chest wounds from the sticks and bushes, but a chest guard helps that.
Tall have a higher center of gravity when standing in a canoe. :eek:
Short fit in your layout blind easier. Tall can see over stuff to mark easier.
If a dog has the spirit of a hunter, and is trained to do there job.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby Duckdon » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:54 am

I like smaller dogs as a prefference. I like a big heart and a strong will. Same with my women. Hunt and have fun. Don
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby ohio mike » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:37 am

That would be a huge American Water Spaniel, don't worry about it.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby dysco » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:26 pm

I hunt with a small lab that belongs to a friend. It's a hoot to see her work into deep cover for pheasant and then launch vertically above the cover and do a near-full turn to see where the hunters are before continuing on. She's no dummy, and she's not hindered by being little. We can't seem to wear her out, either. :lol3:
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby verg » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:43 am

I have a short legged lab too. He's short and stocky..not sure how tall. He does seem to tire out quicker busting cattails for pheasants and he SOMETIMES has trouble hauling canada geese. He retrieves a lot each season and have noticed that he sometimes steps on their wing or neck or whatever and the goose may get pulled out of his grip and drop. He just picks back and and comes a runnin. So it may not be completely ideal but if they have the drive and heart..there is no issue. They'll get it done.
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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:46 pm


One of my training buddies and hunting Buddie has one of the smallest pointing breeds out there and they are great little hunters. I would have one except I don't care for all the hair. You should see these little French Brittanies hunt and make retrieves. I love his little dogs.

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Re: negatives of a short dog?

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:06 pm

good point verg, our cocker spaniel has the same issue when trying to carry a large bird(we cant shoot teal so mallards are the norm)
BIG bonus with a smaller is they take up less room in blind/boat/car. great in tough cover as they dive in under stuff that would have a bigger dog stumped.
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