Depending on what your expectations are, and how much interest this dog has in retrieving, you should be able to at least develop him to what would be considered a "started dog" level. If he's had basic obedience, conditioned to gunfire, and picks up and holds feathered game without hesitation, then you at least have some building blocks from which a retriever can be developed. I do know there have been some top field trial performers that didn't get their start until they were over a year old, but depending on your dog's interest level (or lack thereof), you may be better off with trying to start a new dog than trying to break an older one. It really boils down to the dog, and what you have to work with.
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