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seattlesetters

Dang SS, that picture is enough to give a comitted Brittany guy second thoughts!  Do you see a lot of variability in pad toughness within your litters?

We see no variation at all. All dogs we keep for breeding have shown to have tough pads capable of hunting chukar on basalt (the nastiest, sharpest of rocks) not only all day, but on consecutive days.

If their feet won't take it, they don't make our string.

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Nice pup, Mark!

Ted got another placement this weekend. Wish you were there.

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I have both britts and setters and there is not much difference except the setters have a tail. My dogs are all in top shape and I hunt almost everyday. I do think my britts are a little tougher footed and will not let anything slow them down. But both will hunt their heart out. My setters are softer but great house dogs. My setters listen to me alot better. My dogs all range about the same and it just depends on which dog finds birds first. Someday when I can't keep up with my britts I might just have all setters. But I know if I was a serious chukar hunter that hunted almost everyday a field trial bred britt is tough as nails. My setters would be hunting as hard but I know they might have sore feet. Like I said I love them both and would not give any of them up for anything.

Birddog 307

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I obviously prefer setters but I know folks who are happy with both.

Whichever you get, make sure it's light on its feet and comes from a line of dogs that have pads as tough as titanium. Being "light-boned" is also a huge plus in a dedicated chukar dog, as it will just be easier for a light-boned dog to hunt hard for longer periods of time and on consecutive days than it will be for a heavy-boned, hard-charging dog.

I'm all ears!  Do you breed such dogs?

I'm so sorry, but we do not breed dogs commercially.

If you'd like me to recommend a few breeders, please contact me via PM.

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I lived with 2 brittanies (3 and 1 year) for about a year and do a lot of bird hunting with both of them.  In my opinion they are great dogs.  One is an avid trial dog and the other will be and both are fine in the house.  The younger one is more active (she won't pass the chance to go outside), but by the time I built and moved into my house she was already calming down.  The older one is calm in the house.  Even though these dogs are not mine I love them as though they were.  They are great hunters and pets.

That said I am getting an english setter this year.  Brittanies are a close second choice, but I want to get into coverdog trialing and I think setters are a better fit for me.  Besides I love the tail of a setter.

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WI Brookie Guy
Brookie Guy,

That is one beautiful britt! French?

No, American breeding (Maverick line that originated out of Jordan, MN).

Thanks for the compliment!

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I have both britts and setters and there is not much difference except the setters have a tail. My dogs are all in top shape and I hunt almost everyday. I do think my britts are a little tougher footed and will not let anything slow them down. But both will hunt their heart out. My setters are softer but great house dogs. My setters listen to me alot better. My dogs all range about the same and it just depends on which dog finds birds first. Someday when I can't keep up with my britts I might just have all setters. But I know if I was a serious chukar hunter that hunted almost everyday a field trial bred britt is tough as nails. My setters would be hunting as hard but I know they might have sore feet. Like I said I love them both and would not give any of them up for anything.

Birddog 307

I can vouch for Birddog 307, having shared a campground in Montana with him and his dogs for a week and a half this past fall. Allen loves his dogs, runs them year round, and hunted harder and longer than anyone else at camp and is especially proud of his Britts. If anyone is looking for a good, hard-going Britt - Allen would be a good man to check with. If he doesn't have pups, he can point you in the right direction.

Keith Rich

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Dang SS, that picture is enough to give a comitted Brittany guy second thoughts!  

Here, this will fix that urge. Come back to the light!

Lou_and_Mr_Boots.jpg

Britts, the most beautiful dogs in the world.  :laugh: This is my mutt Jasper a couple of years ago.

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the only ones that pique my interest are setters and brits.  Wirehairs, gsp's and pointers are all excellent hunting dogs, but I just don't warm up to them for some reason.

French brits are nice too, but not quite what I'm looking for.

I was the same when originally looking for a dog. Don't know if it is like this for you, but for me, one attraction was that I just thought Britts (especially slicks like mine) and Setters were the nicest looking dogs. Loved the soft longer hair and the colors.

I actually thought GWP's sounded great in terms of what they offered, but I eliminated them in the end pretty much on looks alone.  :laugh:

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I actually thought GWP's sounded great in terms of what they offered, but I eliminated them in the end pretty much on looks alone.  :laugh:

Man did you miss out what is not to love about an ugly dog ironically enough i think brits are terribly ugly....

Want birds hunt and ugly dog! A wirehair is a mans man dog :p

It wouldn't be setting in the chair with that cat I assure you :<img src=:'>

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