Before this goes downhill on the field trial vs meat dog you might want to clarify what you are looking for in a pup?
If you want to run field trails and play that game, that is fine but you are looking for something other than a meat dog.
By meat dog I mean a dog that listens and brings back your birds. I am a bit biased but Pot Hole who just signed up here is where I got barley. those that have hunted or be around him know what a quality animal he is. obeys commands (Pot Hole did the training) and gets the birds I ask him to get, doesn't break doesn't cause any trouble in the blind.
I won't be any other dog than one from Pot Holes Kennels. I know he has a couple of litters about to hit the ground.
You can email him using his web site or PM him on here. If you want to come see him he is in Mt. Ulla, just outside of salisbury. I will be more than happy to show you Barley and what a 5 year old dog out of back creek is like. I have no complaints at all with my dog from there.
He is the only dog I have owned so my experience is limited but I didn't get burned and Barley is everything I can ask for and more so I won't change going forward.
Yeah I'm a curmudgeon and I like it that way. Don't tell me how to do something I already know how to do. Don't ask me for help if you already think you know how to do everything. If you want my opinion just sit back and I'll share.