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#6122853 - 01/12/18 04:41 PM Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar?
MAArcher Offline
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Registered: 02/22/17
Posts: 106
Loc: MA
Hello, Just currious if anyone hunts with a Drahthaar and what they think of the breed? Thanks

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#6122880 - 01/12/18 05:09 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
DelawareRob Offline
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Registered: 10/22/13
Posts: 1199
Loc: Middle of Delaware
I dont own one, but if I were to get a hunting dog. That would be the breed Id go with.
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#6122920 - 01/12/18 05:44 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
midlander Offline
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Registered: 11/25/12
Posts: 31
Loc: midland, michigan
Friend breeds them, good hunting dogs for sure...

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#6122924 - 01/12/18 05:48 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
white17 Offline

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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 24008
Loc: McGrath, AK
I've hunted with one quite a bit. Amazing stamina !
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#6122926 - 01/12/18 05:49 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
traprjohn Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 6387
Loc: Central NC
Yes and they were good........but I ended up with smaller, less aggressive (towards people) dogs.......Brittanies....which were also very protective of family...just not toooo much.
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#6122934 - 01/12/18 05:55 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: traprjohn]
midlander Offline
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Registered: 11/25/12
Posts: 31
Loc: midland, michigan
Not trying to start an argument, but a Brittany is the only bird dog that I worry about getting nipped by....and they always come up behind you to do it

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#6122954 - 01/12/18 06:16 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
TN_Trapper Offline
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Registered: 06/17/08
Posts: 464
Loc: TN
Originally Posted By: MAArcher
Hello, Just currious if anyone hunts with a Drahthaar and what they think of the breed? Thanks


I don't hunt with anything I can't pronounce.
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#6122965 - 01/12/18 06:24 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: midlander]
white17 Offline

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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 24008
Loc: McGrath, AK
Originally Posted By: midlander
Not trying to start an argument, but a Brittany is the only bird dog that I worry about getting nipped by....and they always come up behind you to do it



I have hunted with two different Brits. Both were very affectionate. Only one was smart. I suspect it's how they are raised as to whether they are nippers
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#6122969 - 01/12/18 06:29 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
Birch Tree Offline
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Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 909
Loc: Wright county, Minnesota
I do not know about today's standards for the Drahthaars but 20 years ago I knew a wealthy enough guy who had one and he had explained the whole breed and process of the dogs (I did get to meet the dog though I did not hunt with it). The Drahthaar name was a recognition of the training the dog went through and it had to be proven in a trial before a committee, it was very grueling and if the dog failed any one of the 3 areas of the trial it was not deemed worthy of the Drahthaar title, most of the time when a dog failed the owner would put it down because it wasn't deemed fit to live. I believe back then the guy said he paid around 3k for his dog not including his flight and bringing the dog back from Germany after it passed the trial. I know they were expensive as heck back then but I would probably faint at the price today!
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#6123010 - 01/12/18 06:58 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
Posco Offline
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Registered: 11/05/17
Posts: 488
Loc: Maine, Aroostook
I've never been a big fan of the versatile breeds. The ones I've seen do all things okay but nothing really well. I hunt grouse and woodcock over pointing dogs, one of them being a Brit, and yes, he does nip. Pigheaded male. My English Pointer wouldn't think of biting me.

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#6123035 - 01/12/18 07:22 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
KeithC Offline
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Registered: 05/13/09
Posts: 2182
Loc: Champaign County, Ohio.
I have sold mallard ducks, upland gamebirds and San Juan rabbits to Drathaar owners getting ready for their breed tests on numerous occasions. The dogs had to hunt fur, hunt upland gamebirds, do a 1000 meter blind retrieve on waterfowl, kill a predator (usually a fox or coyote) and act appropriately to humans showing various levels of aggression. Only allowing dogs to breed that pass the tests, tends to produce a high percentage of very good, well rounded hunting dogs.

I think all hunting and working breeds would be improved by only allowing dogs that passed tests appropriate for that breed to reproduce.

Keith

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#6123112 - 01/12/18 08:47 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
okie4570 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 1643
Loc: NW Oklahoma
My buddy bought a pup this summer. He's a hyper hypo sometimes but still a pup of course. He's done a really good job with waterfowl and retrieving this season. Blood trailed three deer this fall as well. Really impressed with him. He and my 8 year old lab have made a pretty good pair this season. We've killed just under 350 ducks this season so far so he's had an incredible first season to learn the ropes.

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#6123141 - 01/12/18 09:22 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
BIRDOGS Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 2970
Loc: PATUXENT RIVER, LOTHIAN MARYLA...
hey, I have hunted over both, drahthaar and pudle pointers, wirehairs and shorthairs... this is my advice if your thinking about getting a pup..... socialize with many dogs and many people. I had 8 pudle pointers at one time and loved that breed, German hunting dogs are awesome hunters and are very focused. that's the good news. The reason I switched over to labs was because I got very tired of breaking up dog fights which get the people I hunted with very upset. German hunting dogs are moody about other dogs and other people just like/much like chessies. Each has a fierce possessive traits about game, protecting the roost, and protecting the owner. I loved the drive and point instinct in all my dogs, but while hunting with others, kept my dogs close to me while hunting, and kept people away from the ducks after they were back in the blind. Also, with any German hunting dog, plan on force fetch training.... they will eat a duck while you stand there yelling.... seen it many times!

Plan on strong tough obedience training....in other words, if that dog is more worried about you than he is about the dog next to him that he doesn't know, your hunt will be very peaceful.


Edited by BIRDOGS (01/12/18 09:23 PM)

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#6123146 - 01/12/18 09:28 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: Posco]
Aaron Proffitt Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 5962
Loc: OK
Originally Posted By: Posco
I've never been a big fan of the versatile breeds. The ones I've seen do all things okay but nothing really well. I hunt grouse and woodcock over pointing dogs, one of them being a Brit, and yes, he does nip. Pigheaded male. My English Pointer wouldn't think of biting me.


Biggest BS statement of the year thus far . And were early into it .
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#6123177 - 01/12/18 10:14 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
Aix sponsa Offline
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Registered: 02/23/14
Posts: 6065
Loc: Louisiana
Amazing breed. I've wanted one for years. I was able to connect with two different people that had one, and I hunted with both. I have good woodcock ground, and we did that. After hunting over em and just being around them briefly really made me like Drathaars even more.


One day I would like to have one. That may or may not happen, its one of those things. If I still hunted, I'd stand a better chance of it. I just don't hunt much anymore
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#6123193 - 01/12/18 10:41 PM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
Aaron Proffitt Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 5962
Loc: OK
Look , not everyone has the kennel space for a dog for every occasion. The Germans recognized this and addressed it . From Jagd terriers to GSP/GMPs and DDs . Properly trained and introduced, theyll excell at any task handed to them . Ill never go back to specialized breeds . Id take my GSP over any lab ( heat tolerance issue) and theyd give and pointing breed a run for their money . And , I think , theyre a better coyote decoy dog than most of the curs. Certainly easier to live with. And theyre not as aggressive as Airedales , much as I love Airedales. Years and years of being a dog guy. GSPs and GWPs are it for us.
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#6123471 - 01/13/18 09:34 AM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: MAArcher]
goatman Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 158
Loc: IL
My neighbor raises and trains these dogs for other people. They have part of their field trial at my pond. He's been raising them for I don't know how long. Several use them also for trailing up wounded deer.

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#6123510 - 01/13/18 10:08 AM Re: Anyone hunt with a Deutsch Drahthaar? [Re: Aaron Proffitt]
MAArcher Offline
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Registered: 02/22/17
Posts: 106
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Aaron Proffitt
Originally Posted By: Posco
I've never been a big fan of the versatile breeds. The ones I've seen do all things okay but nothing really well. I hunt grouse and woodcock over pointing dogs, one of them being a Brit, and yes, he does nip. Pigheaded male. My English Pointer wouldn't think of biting me.


Biggest BS statement of the year thus far . And were early into it .


Posco, find a NAVHDA ( North American versatile hunting dog association ) event to go to. Well bred and trained examples of German dogs do it all well.

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