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    Dose anyone use a GSP to duck hunt? have any pic to share just picked mine up and going to start training in a week or so when I feel the pup knows me. A lot of stress leaving mom, Crazy airport, airplane ride crazy airport. and strange man taking you home. Thanks The Mudduck

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    If you are in Florida, it might work. They are not going to tolerate cold water like one of the retriever breeds. I would consider them generalists when it comes to retrieving, not specialists. I have had them retrieve waterfowl for me in the past and currently have a nice one now for upland hunting and if my labs were all indisposed, yes, I would take him duck hunting, but he wouldn't be my first choice. If you search this topic, you will find that it has been discussed here before.

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    Ask that same question here http://www.versatiledogs.com/forum/

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    I knew a man that was determined to duck hunt with a GSP about 20 years ago, the dog couldn't take cold water and didn't really act like he was into retrieving ducks. It is just my opinion but multi purpose in dogs means not a real hotshot on anything, stick with what you will have the best chance with.
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    I have DKs and have owned GSPs. I would prefer DKs for duck hunting over most GSPs. If the parents duck hunt you should be able to do the same with yours. GSPs tend to have thinner coats,finer bone,less substance overall, then DKs.

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    I know allot of guys that train in the NAVHDA system and hunt ducks with their GSP's all the time in the NY/NJ area and have good results. I personally have 2 Pudelpointers that have a heavier coat than the GSP and they will go into cold water with no problem. My male has more desire to retrieve than the best FT lab that I owned back in the 90's, she was AAQ, had Amatuer 2nd and open jams at age 2 and did'nt have half the desire retrieve that my Pudelpointer has, just sayin!

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    If the pup is water-minded, it's very easy. Force them like a Lab, get them a vest, and they can be great duck dogs. If the pup's not water minded...Umm I hear some people use pointers for Upland-birds, and they're almost as good as Labs

    A friend of mind has one of the water-minded set, a GSPs long legs allows them to move very quickly in deeper water that most Labs would have to swim in, My Labs don't like that
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    In NAVHDA and ponds they do fine, especially the larger types, not the GSP field trial lines, where 50-55lbs is about what they are. They retrieve and swim fine but its the water type that trips them up. They struggle in colder coastal situations and being wet all day and standing around is not something they handle well. Width equals stability and body mass is cold resistance. They are in the middle in those regards. I have seen some real continental lines that went close to 75lbs and they would do just fine.
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    I've got a pretty good one:






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    Just for the record I have very fine dogs. Some of the best in the whole country....or at least on my own block anyhow.

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