Woodrings GSP Kennels -
Here are a few, albeit simple, thoughts we have concerning bird dogs. The questions and answers surely could have been more detailed but the purpose of this page is to give you just a taste of my own philosophy and hope you find some good common sense in it.
1. WHAT MAKES A GOOD BIRD DOG?
This is a good question to ask but the answer can be rather long -
“A good bird dog is one that you like, that does what you want it to do, and that has the health to do what you want it to do.”
Did you notice my short answer has three parts to it? First, A good bird dog is one that you like. I have hunted over all kinds of dogs -
Second, a good bird dog does what you want it to do -
2. DO THE BEST PUPS COME FROM DOGS WITH TITLES?
The answer is -
3. HOW CAN I BE SURE TO PICK A GOOD PUP?
Obviously there are things you should look for like alertness, confidence, desire, certain physical characteristics etc. Much has been written on this subject and there are as many opinions and methods as there are books and articles but I have lived according to some advice a seasoned bird dog owner gave me once when he said, “You don’t buy the puppy you buy the puppies parents, if the parents are good, odds are the puppies are good – if the parents are good then you can pick whatever puppy you like best.” Yep, that’s overly simplistic, but in general that principle has served me well. I would never buy a HUNTING pup from someone who doesn’t hunt or whose dogs are not proven hunters – I simply do not like the odds.
4. SHOULD DOGS BE REGISTERED?
This is a matter of opinion and preference – in my opinion the answers is yes. Registration with a reputable registry such as the American Kennel Club allows a dogs ownership and genealogy to be traced and may also offer other valuable information to the breed. Also, most people running puppy mills tend to shy away from registration or anything else that might expose bad practices although this is not always true. All my dogs are registered and not one puppy leaves my kennel without registration papers.
5. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT DOGS TO BREED?
Woodrings GSP Kennels has interest in only one breed – German Shorthair Pointers. I spend a lot of time doing research on the dogs we use, they must meet breed confirmation and they must be proven hunters. The dogs must have all the traits I am looking for such as desire, intelligence, good disposition etc. I do not breed dogs I would not own nor do I take any breeding lightly – I do NOT breed anything I find to be inferior. I look for the traits I like and want. My creed is “If I can’t do it well I am not doing it at all.”