where should i get my hunting buddy?

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where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby strickland » Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:50 pm

Hello guys. So I'm looking at getting a puppy next yr. Any one have a good recemmondation on a good breeder? I'm open to going to Idaho or Oregon to if I have to. I'm looking for a dog that will be a good hunting dog that will be hunting primarily waterfowl but also do a little bit of upland hunting then at the end of the day be a good family dog, I've got a young daughter so the last part is a must. That is for the help guys!
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby skagitduckwacker » Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:01 pm

Check out Desert Wind retrievers in Moses Lake.
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby brokerbyduck » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:45 pm

The good news is you have a lot of good breeders in Washington producing very good labs. The bad news is you'll have to sort through them to find the best fit for you.

Personally, I bought my new pup from Wind River Labs in Ephrata. http://www.windriverlabs.com/
I wanted a dog that would rather die than quit on a retrieve and that's just what I got. You may be different than me.
You'll find the majority of lab breeders have terrible websites, here's the exception, he has an excellent website.
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A few more breeders I've either hunted over their dogs or heard good things about.
http://www.pointinglabs.com/pages/home
http://www.rockingmlabs.com/
http://www.blueskylabradors.com/

Just make sure to do your own research and buy a pup from a litter that you'll be happy with. You'll have him or her for a long time!
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby SnoGeez » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:22 am

To all of you guys that recently purchased pups (seems like we've had quite a few this year), did you go and visit the kennel prior to putting down a deposit? As BbyD pointed out, we seem to have a lot of really good breeders and dog lines in our area, should I be visiting some of them to check out the sire/dam and trainer?
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby strickland » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:39 pm

Thanks for the info guys. Has any one heard of bay view labs up in bow Wa? I really like wind river, and long hollow. But at the same time I kind of like the idea of a pointing lab at tiger mtn. O tough decisions!
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby Tool-Man » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:08 pm

We looked at Tiger Mtn. a couple years ago. We were close to pulling the trigger before we ended up with a GSP.

Good dogs, so they had the reputation 10 years ago.
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby Columbia Basin Local » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:30 pm

Tool-man and Broker are right on point with Tiger Mtn and Longhollow. LH is the protege of TM and both guys are great to talk to and are in it for the right reasons. These dogs have much more natural talent than most kennels. If you're mostly waterfowl hunting you might want to talk to Ryan at LH. Here's my dog from TM!
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby strickland » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:22 pm

Great looking dog! Im leaning towards a tiger mtn dog I think. I've been looking at there website and really like them. I just sent a email to john and am waiting for a reply
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby brokerbyduck » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:08 pm

SnoGeez wrote:To all of you guys that recently purchased pups (seems like we've had quite a few this year), did you go and visit the kennel prior to putting down a deposit? As BbyD pointed out, we seem to have a lot of really good breeders and dog lines in our area, should I be visiting some of them to check out the sire/dam and trainer?


It sure couldn't hurt to visit some of the breeders. The problem is many won't have both parents there for you to see in person.

It might make more sense if you were going to have them train the dog as well. Then things like quality kennels, training grounds etc become more important.

Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong if you stick with the more well known (by duckhunters) breeders. They are all producing really nice dogs, just depends on what you are looking for in a dog.
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby SnoGeez » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:22 pm

At this point, I'm looking to train my own, hopefully something I can accomplish without screwing the dog up. I left Ryan @ LH a message today, so will hopefully hear from him soon.
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby strickland » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:42 pm

Well I've decided to go with wind river for my pup. I am planning a trip over there soon to out a deposit down on a litter. Man I can't waitfor next yr to get him! Its been a long four yyes waiting to get him already.
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby Triggerman » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:56 pm

How much are you planning to spend? Breeders have puppies AND started dogs. That might be something to think about....
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Re: where should i get my hunting buddy?

Postby AnonymousDuck » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:53 pm

An important question to ask yourself (IMO) is what kind of temperament are you looking for when you're NOT hunting and around the house? Sometimes we focus on all the hunting behavior, which is important too. But, what about the rest of the year? Do you want a fire cracker 24/7, a dog that's more relaxed in the house when you're not training or hunting? Or does it matter? Know the personality of a line is helpful for those non hunting days. People get focused so much on the dogs hunting ability they forget the rest of the year lol. Just some food for thought, if it helps great, if not no harm no foul. Good luck. :thumbsup:
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