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Hunting dog breed ????


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I've always wanted a German Shorthair, I love the way the look and the way they work. However...last fall, after not duck hunting since high school over ten years ago, I got obsessed. Now I'm not sure of the breed I want. Here's my questions:

Would I be able to get away with using a shorthair for duck retrieves? Would the cold water be a problem? What if I use a neoprene vest for the dog? Does anyone else use their Shorthair for duck hunting?

Please help. Thanks.

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If you are serious about cold weather duckin' you may want to reconsider a shorthair. A shorthair wouldn't normally have enough body fat and a dense enough coat with an undercoat to take true cold weather duck shooting for extended periods of time. A neoprene vest would help some but you might need to take other steps to keep a shorthair warm enough. A wirehair or griffon would be worth looking at as well. Another option is get a lab and a shorthair.

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