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 Posted 2/4/2013 2:09:32 PM
 

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Hello all,

I am new to duck hunting and I am in a struggle to find the best duck/bird dog I can for a relatively inexpensive price. 

I have gone back and forth and narrowed it down to lab/retriever and field bred english cocker spaniel. 

Any ideas? I really like the english cocker spaniel and I think they might be good to house train.

Does anyone use english cocker spaniels for ducks?

-Brendan

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 Posted 2/4/2013 2:31:39 PM
 

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I would say go with the tried and true which is a lab. You can find labs from anywhere in the range of 200-2,000 depending apon breeder and blood lines. I would recommend a lab because they are great learners most are not hard headed and personalities are tough to beat. But I am also bias because I love mine! Good luck
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 Posted 2/4/2013 2:55:10 PM
 

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Thank you for the info! The more the better at this point!

I would love a lab, but I live in the Boston area too. Not sure if I can keep a dog inside all day in the city.
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 Posted 2/4/2013 4:50:48 PM
 

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What would be differnt about keeping a spaniel in the house?  Size?  Both need to get out and get plenty of excercise each day.

No matter which breed you go with, make sure you do background checks for health clearances, on either breed.  Good Luck with your search!

btw - I'm partial to labs  ;)
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 Posted 2/5/2013 12:18:14 PM
 

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Yes I guess size would be the difference. 

Anyone ever have a field bred english cocker spaniel?
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 Posted 2/5/2013 12:23:01 PM
 

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Yes I guess size would be the difference. 

Anyone ever have a field bred english cocker spaniel?
I have not had one and I have not seen them in the duck marsh.  I'm not saying they are not out there and I'm not saying they can't do the work, I just have not seen one in the marsh.
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 Posted 2/6/2013 4:31:48 PM
 

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Yes I guess size would be the difference. 

Anyone ever have a field bred english cocker spaniel?
I have not had one and I have not seen them in the duck marsh.  I'm not saying they are not out there and I'm not saying they can't do the work, I just have not seen one in the marsh.


and there would be a reason why we haven't seen cocker spaniels in the marsh.

dogs have been bread to suit the needs of it's human master.  cocker's weren't bred for the marsh. i too, have never seen one out there.


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 Posted 2/9/2013 10:53:17 AM
 

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ive herd of it but never saw one myself.i under stand the size thing thow its hard to rent places when you have bigger dogs.i have 2 labs.one wife had befor we married and mine i got from a small farm breeder.my first dog to try to train she didnt turn out mostly my fault thow,but only paid 150.00 for her.
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 Posted 2/9/2013 10:57:57 AM
 

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guy that used to work with me had a pitbull has his duck dog.he said worked great.i was invited to come hunt with him and see for myself,but the more we talked about hunting the more i fund out about him and his poaching.so i siad it wont work i dont hunt with law breakers.
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Here in the northeast I don't know if I would put a spaniel in the water past mid november anyway but if you are set on getting a small spaniel type dog how about an American water spaniel. Watched one run a senior at an AKC hunt test this year and it did very well.

Unless you have an in with an English Cocker breeder and can get a great price I would think the price for either would be comparable.
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