FIELD TRAINING: GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER AND IRISH SETTER


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV, producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barking) (upbeat music) – I’m Cliff Leming, hobby breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers and Irish Setters, field Irish Setters. I think there’s a little difference between an AKC, which you
normally see in the field, Irish Setter and that’s kind of my hobby. (mellow music) For me, I love to hunt
because I love to be outside in nature and I enjoy the dogs. I grew up hunting all my life. Growing up where I did in Iowa, we were on a farm and we
just had a ton of pheasants. I mean I walked outside the
house and I could go hunting. It was a lot different back then. This was some 30 years ago
and we just had farm dogs that would go out and hunt with and I would hunt pheasants and shoot them, and that was what I did growing up. When I moved out here and as I got older, I had raised hounds and then
when I moved to California, I had an opportunity to
get my first bird dog. Found a NAVHDA club and I started working with German Shorthairs. It became a big hobby of mine. It’s my hobby now. It’s what I enjoy doing. As far as hunting goes, I
probably enjoy the dog work and watching the bird. The dogs point at them, find birds and the process of
training them to that level more than actually
hunting and killing birds. I started hunting when I was young. I just followed my dad
around when I was probably six, seven years old. I grew up squirrel hunting
and rabbit hunting. I grew up raising hounds. My dad had hounds. I grew up hunting Bluetick Coonhounds when I was old enough to carry a gun, probably 10, 11 years old. I was hunting and Coonhoudning
and raising Coonhounds. That’s kind of the way I grew up. It’s just been a lifetime hobby of mine, what I enjoy doing. When I started out with
German Shorthaired Pointers. I think they’re an awesome breed. They’re just a real versatile breed. If you want to duck hunt or buffalo hunt or whatever you want to do, a German Shorthaired
Pointer can do it well. There’s a lot of good ones. That’s kind of the first
breed I really started with. I enjoy it. Enjoy raising them and training them. They’ve done well for me. (mellow music) I got into Red Setters because I’ve been to a few AKC Red Setter dog test. I just wasn’t impressed
with dogs I’ve seen there. When I was a kid, I really did some good field Red Setters. So I found a club called
Red Setter Club of America. I ended up finding a kennel
there and I got a little puppy and she turned out to be a
real awesome field Red Setter. There’s a pretty big
different between them and what you would normally
see in the AKC Red Setters. The field Red Setters are generally, probably a little smaller. They got less hair. They’re more compact and
probably a little more bone to them and they just don’t look like a long skinny, hairy dog
that’s bred for showing. They go out and they hunt. That’s what I enjoy doing. German Shorthairs are a continental breed as are the Red Setters meaning they’re one of
the pointy breeds that were developed in Europe to hunt game and to point and hold the bird
until the hunter got there and could catch the
bird and shoot the bird. Same thing with the Red Setters. They’re another continental breed. Of all the pointy breeds
that we have today are continental breeds were from Europe and they are pointing dogs that point and birds and hold them
until the hunter gets there. (mellow music) German Shorthaired Pointers
are very versatile. They got a lot of stamina. They definitely cover ground well. They also excel in the water. They’ve done well for me. Water work and all the tests I’ve done, the duck search portion
of tests and stuff, they’ve excelled at that. As well as being able to go
out and do all the field work and find and point birds
and hold their points. They’re just a really good,
all-around versatile dog. I’d say the Red Setters
are more of my experience. They’re outstanding field dogs, bred for that. I haven’t seen them do as much water work as my German Shorthaired
Pointers would do. But that’s something I’m working on and I want them to be
able to do with them also. (mellow music) I think in time, listening to dogs, you get dogs that come from hunting lines that are bred to be hunters. They’re probably going
to be intelligent dogs, whether you get a German
Shorthair or a Red Setter. You get by from a dog that’s
been raised not to hunt or just a pup that’s been kennel-milled puppy-raised or something, you’re probably not going to
get as an intelligent dog. But if you find a reputable
breeder that’s bred dogs to hunt and compete at that level, then that dog is probably
going to be pretty intelligent. The intelligence of the dogs will learn to find cover, to hunt into the wind. You’ll see dogs that
have experience that will work in the wind. Naturally they’re going
to search and cover. Part of that is learned, part
of that is it’s intelligence. It’s also something they learn. But you got to have a
basis for a dog to start with, to learn and it’s gotta have some natural intelligence I believe. (mellow music) I like to hunt. I’ve hunted in New Mexico. I hunt locally. I like to chukar hunt
up in the high desert. Just local quail hunting. Primarily for me, my favorite hunting is chukar hunting in the high desert. I enjoy that. It’s a real challenge. Dogs gotta be in good
shape and you have to be in shape as a hunter. It’s just a fine hunt,
something I enjoy doing just because of the challenge. My dream hunt would probably
be to go to Argentina or somewhere where
there’s just a vast number of birds and that would
be fun to hunt there. I plan on hunting as long as I live. I plan on doing this,
as long as I can walk. I’ll have a hunting dog at home. I not only enjoy hunting but I enjoy the companionship of the dogs. To me, I probably enjoy training as much as I do the hunting. I just love seeing a puppy
develop that I trained from a puppy to a dog that
I can take out in the field and how we point and around other dogs and see how the whole process. Having a finished dog
and watching the fields really a cool thing to do. I enjoy the process of
training to that level and then competing at that level and handing over dogs that are like that. I think it just a really cool thing. It’s my passion. I will do this for as long as I live. (mellow music)

6 thoughts on “FIELD TRAINING: GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER AND IRISH SETTER

  • Great video, love seeing the dogs do what they are bred to do and what makes them happy. Only small correction is at 4:29: Irish Setters are not a continental breed (continental meaning that they come from mainland Europe, like GSPs). Instead Reds are part of FCI Pointer Group, Section 2: British and Irish. Super small differentiation but just in case anyone wanted to know how the breeds are divided.

  • Within the year I plan on getting my first gsp any advice on what I should be looking for personality wise for a hunting dog

  • IRISH SETTER -yet another breed ruined by americans.In Britain EVERY SHOW DOG IS FIT FOR THE FIELD &EVERY FIELD CHAMPION WITH JUST A BRUSH UP IS FIT FOR CRUFTS.America should be banned from international kennel clubs

  • I wish there was more on this breed in this video though. They were only like 50% of the video at best and this is the only good video of them on the internet.

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