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Unread 03-21-2019, 11:55 AM   #1
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Iíve only owned one bird dog, my English Setter Willow. I Hunt grouse/woodcock exclusivley.. Had planned on getting another Setter pupppy soon, but lately Iíve had my eye on a GSP. Not sure why, I love Setters, maybe just for something different? Curious what those whoíve owned both think?
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Unread 03-21-2019, 12:41 PM   #2
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Just stay with any of the pointing breeds if grouse and woodcock are your exclusive game. I am partial to english setters, but have owned and trained brittanys and they are good on grouse and woodcock
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Talk to Rich Anderson (COB) he's been hunting GSP's in Michigan woods for longer then I've known him. He can probably answer your questions
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I have trained and owned both. two completely different animals, albeit for the same hunting purpose. I love both but probably wouldn't take the gsp visiting at a nursing home. Both are great athletes but the shorthair can be a one man dog. Setters seem to be a every mans dog. gsp don't shed much and setters do.
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I have trained and owned both. two completely different animals, albeit for the same hunting purpose. I love both but probably wouldn't take the gsp visiting at a nursing home. Both are great athletes but the shorthair can be a one man dog. Setters seem to be a every mans dog. gsp don't shed much and setters do.
I have a friend with a gsp and like legh mentions, he is more of a "one man dog" my brittany loves everybody, and hunting birds more than anything. He is a snuggler too. I know the guys that have setters that I talk to can't imagine ever owning another kind of dog. My first and only bird dog is my brittany, and I can't imagine ever owning another type of bird dog unless I go look at one of Dean Romigs posts This should confuse you even more, I think no matter what kind of dog you get, he will enrich your life. Kirk if your ever up my way (kalkaska) look me up if the time is right I would be glad to show off my bird dog
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Kirk if your ever up my way (kalkaska) look me up if the time is right I would be glad to show off my bird dog
Thanks, will do.. I have family in Alden.
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They're all good. And better to talk bad about another man's wife than his bird dog. I've had Setters and GSP's. Loved both but at the end of the day I'm a GSP man. I hunt them and field trial them. Down here in the South the GSP seem's to handle the heat a little better. And there's nothing worse than trying to get cockleburrs and begga lice out of that setter hair. I really don't think you can go wrong either way, as long as to stick to good blood lines.
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Also, Setters seem a little slower to mature and in the field trial world they are not required to retrieve.
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And one last thing, if I was getting a setter I think I'd want one of those Twombly's.
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And one last thing, if I was getting a setter I think I'd want one of those Twombly's.

I've sent out emails to the folks who have Grace's puppies - they're about 1 1/2 years old now. Folks are sending me pics of their dogs and without naming names I'll post pictures on a new thread. OMGoodness are they beautiful!





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