I hunt alot of upland out in Oregon for chukars, quail, pheasants. My go to upland dog anymore is my English Setter backed up by my golden retriever he will hold while the golden flushes. My current pup is a Golden ret/English setter and she is 9 months old and she will point and flush just working on her still. Maybe a lab/gsp would be good also.
Heres the Dam Jasmine, and my pup Ruby
Sire my English setter dodge. AKC English setter and Field stud dog book registered I picked him up for free from a rescue of an abusive trainer who was beating his dogs really bad. Worked trust into him and now he is a big baby.
My english setter
pros. Long range, strong hold. never shocked him once they seem to listen well to whistle at long distances. will keep on top of moving birds quickly without kicking them up untill you get on top of him.
cons. very mouthy, burrs but nothing that johnsons baby oil and a brush doesnt take out.