As a few of you know, I posted recently about what type of breed I should pursue as my first duck dog. I have researched several breeds, narrowed it down to a few and have intensely researched those. I may have had an amazing opportunity fall into my lap. I just want a few opinions from experienced trainers. You lab purists please keep breed out of it! Oh, and you too Don! A DD isn't completely out of the question yet, but this may be a perfect fit. I need honesty!
I was asking on FB if anyone had information about Boykin Spaniels (BS) or Pudelpointers (PP). I got a few responses about the BS but as you probably guessed, not much on the PP. I did get one very interesting PM regarding an 11 month old BS whose owners are looking to find a new home for him. He is house broken and knows basic obedience, but I don't think he has been bird or gun trained at all. I know that this will set me back in training a bit, but I was wondering if this is worth doing. I know that the breed is exceptionally smart and that will help. He is bred from a male hunter line and a female housepet. I haven't been able to test his prey drive, but I assume that is something I will be able to do when I evaluate him.
The other thing that may make this decision a little easier is that my wife has given me an out. She says that if the training doesn't pan out (which I am thinking I have enough patience and determination to see that it does), we can keep the BS as an inside dog and I can get another pup to train up for a waterfowl companion.
Swamp has expressed his concerns, and I appreciate that. If any of you think this could work, but think there are big concerns, PLEASE list them out. I want to do this right, but if I can provide a loving home and active environment for this BS who needs a new home, I think it is worth a little effort.
Thoughts? Thanks in advance!!
I refuse to engage the unarmed in a battle of wits.