What traits make good hunting dogs? Breeding only counts for a
portion of hunting ability. What is needed is a combination of
intelligence, agility, patience, and responsiveness to your command. The
right balance of these factors can change the entire dynamic of the
The most popular hunting breeds are the German Shorthaired and Wirehaired Pointers, and Golden and Labrador Retrievers. Although the former are known for bird detection and the latter for their bird recovery, it would be wrong to say that "All Pointers are better finders than Retrievers," and vice versa. After all, it is not the size of the dog in the hunt, but the size of the hunt in the dog.
South Dakota Hunting Dogs
If you talk to any serious hunter, he will tell you that his dogs
probably get more out of the hunt than he does. It makes sense; after
all, the dog is the one in the field. He is the one who gets perilously
close to the target. Can you imagine the focus and concentration it
takes to stand deadly still, only a few feet away from a possible
The game preserve here at R&R Pheasant Hunting presents your dog with the opportunity to do what should come naturally to him. Dogs love the hunt, perhaps more so than their masters. On the hunt, you will discover what hunting traits your dog possesses. Qualities such as honesty and consistency will be tested in the hunting process.