Looking into a new Bird dog primarily for chukars. I've Narrowed it down to these 2 breeds. My biggest hang up now is which breed is consistently better as an outside Kennel dog and as a Family dog with 4 children. I realize both breeds will need exercise and that won't be a problem. I'm a former Lab guy and just a little nervous about pointers as a family member. This isn't the chevy ford debate. Tell me how these two breeds have been for you folks and your families please mention male or female as well. I know each dog has it's personality just trying to narrow it down with real life experiences from you all. Thanks, JJT
I have owned both and surprisingly i would have to say the shorthairs i have now are very mellow and are great around the family so first i would say shorthair at least for me. The brittany i have had was a little wound up and was not the best around the kids. But if you want my vote for any dogs with a family i would have to say a Llewellin Setter was the best i have had. I had a female for 12 years and she was awesome, very mellow and easy going around the house, great to take camping, fishing, but when it was time to hunt a light switch would flip on and she was all business. Just another one to think about and they can do well on the Chuks.
My gsp is great with kids. They can pull and tug on him all he wants. However.. hes really high strung. When I get home from work and ket him out its a bit crazy. But he calms down after a bit and wants to be a lap dog
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My female gsp lives in the house. She is very gentle. She has never been a problem with the kids and, in fact, the Chihuahua is worse with kids. I don't have any experience with a Brittany, but their looks and long hair don't appeal to me. I'm sure they are great.
Never had any experience with a brittany in the house so I can't do a comparison. I can say that the shorthairs i've had have done well in the house, proably better than my pointers. With all dogs no matter which breed you choose I think teaching them manners and being consistent will be key. Crate train the pup early and dont be afraid to get after him for negative behaviors.I think both breeds will make good house companion if kept in check. With little ones in the house one thing I would make sure to do is handle the pup alot when eating. Make sure he doesn't growl or get aggressive when you move or take his food away. Have fun pups are a blast.
Breeding and how you raise the pup is the biggest key to how they will be as they mature. I see out of control dogs in ALL BREEDS I see controlled well mannered dogs in ALL BREEDS...
What you allow and give praise or reward to is how they will grow up...all puppies are happy to see you first response from most is to bend down and be all happy to see the happy out of control bouncy pup and then when the pup gets bigger they get upset because the pup is all bouncy and out of control ...Had the owner not rewarded the behavior to start with the pup would have learned that having 4 on the floor and being calm is what gets the hello.
The next thing is which dog did you get IN the Pack families with children should not look for the alpha dominant seeking pup in the pack and the Breeder should help to pick that pup that isn't vying for the lead one that is happy being with the pack for some one starting out specially with a young family. That is one of the big reasons I do not do first come first pick with my litters. I put in a lot of effort into the breeding program as is and I am the one raising them thus I have a better grasp on a pup OVER ALL being versus someone that just comes and sees the pups for the first time. I want my pups to be happy with their new families and I want the families to be happy with their pups.
So when picking a pup research the breeders research training programs get some hands on if you can before you get that pup. Raise the pup to be the dog you want.
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48 years of Brittanies..Never had one that wasn't a great pet. I can't think of any of our dogs that ever got aggressive or bit anyone. Our dogs were always a little more outdoor than indoor dogs, but they all did / do fine in the house. Hair is an issue compared to a GSP. I guess the thing I have liked about Brittanies over the years is their desire to please.
Are you sure that you want to go with a shorthair? I gave four Britts that live both in and out of the house, they hunt great, are excellent with kids and never get territorial as some of my friends gsp' will when people visit.