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Old 12-02-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question I have a question for everyone??

Hiya x I have a question and everyones opinion is welcome xx

There's a man in my street that has 5 Springers but they are kept in an outside kennel x he uses them for hunting xx

He said to me the other day whislt i was out walking my own 2 Springers that Springers shouldn't be kept has family pet dogs as they don't adapt and are better of working xx

As for my 2 Springers, they are both just family pets and have never been worked, 1 though is off gundog stock xx

Do you think that my neighbour is true in what he says or they good family dogs too xx both mine are good family pets xx
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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Not at all!!! I think that any working dog is happy working but I think that most are adaptable enough to love doing the family/pet thng too. I think he is just being rude for some reason or another. I am sorry he has said this to you but I disagree with him. I do think working dogs in a family/pet situation should at least get to do fun stuff similar to what they would normally be doing, example, I have two Cockers who were as we all know bred to flush Woods Cock out of the woods for their humans to hunt. Well I take my two out to a big wooded area and just let them follow their noses. They love it and you can see why they were chosen to do what they do because they are in and out and up and down and under and above... you get the point. I think as long as they are stumulated physically and mentally they do great as house pets/family members.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:10 PM   #3
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Definitely not true

I had a wonderful Springer named Buford. He loved to hunt with my husband AND also loved to cuddle up on the couch, go to parties, ride in a canoe and go for non-hunting walks. He adapted perfectly to house life; I wouldn't personally keep a dog in a kennel 24-7 as my dogs' first job is to be my closest friend and that requires being where I am as much as possible.
A girlfriend of mine currently has a Springer who showed up at her house as a stray. He's appears to be gun shy and stays very close to her during hunting season. He's so excited about life and hiking in the woods. Sam loves to use his sniffer whether or not anyone shoots at the things he is smelling. He sleeps on a couch and lives his life as a pampered pet with 2 other dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses. He wants for nothing.
Perhaps this neighbor may just be feeling a bit uncomfortable about what he offers his dogs as far as companionship goes? Who knows? Just keep up the good life for your 2 Springers! The ones that I've known crave all the human affection they can get.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:13 PM   #4
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Definitely not true that Springers aren't good housedogs

I had a wonderful Springer named Buford. He loved to hunt with my husband AND also loved to cuddle up on the couch, go to parties, ride in a canoe and go for non-hunting walks. He adapted perfectly to house life; I wouldn't personally keep a dog in a kennel 24-7 as my dogs' first job is to be my closest friend and that requires being where I am as much as possible.
A girlfriend of mine currently has a Springer who showed up at her house as a stray. He's appears to be gun shy and stays very close to her during hunting season. He's so excited about life and hiking in the woods. Sam loves to use his sniffer whether or not anyone shoots at the things he is smelling. He sleeps on a couch and lives his life as a pampered pet with 2 other dogs, 3 cats and 4 horses. He wants for nothing.
Perhaps this neighbor may just be feeling a bit uncomfortable about what he offers his dogs as far as companionship goes? Who knows? Just keep up the good life for your 2 Springers! The ones that I've known crave all the human affection they can get.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:29 PM   #5
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His springers probably couldnt adjust to indoor life with him, bc he probably doesn't put any effort into training them for anything other than hunting.

My Cerbie is a cattle dog/pointer mix, so he's got some of the bird dog personality traits along with the intensity and intelligence of the herding breeds.

I was walking him one day, and a man said to me "He's a beautiful dog, I used to have a purebred heeler, it's too bad you can't keep them inside".
I responded to him saying that he missed out on a great friend, bc my dog doesn't leave my side in the house, and that he's the most well-mannered dog I've ever had.

Some people are just raised like that and it's what they believe. THey don't ever question it, and that's how they'll always think about dogs. It makes me sad that they're missing out on that special freindship that we all have with our children.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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see this is what i was told when i got stoli that his breed is for hearding and that he will mae a horrible family dog and hate being inside. but he loves it as long as we give him things to do like pull a cart he just pulled my oldest on a sle the other day and thought it was great. plus i think he would rather b on the couch then outside anyday its all in how u train them
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:11 PM   #7
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Thanks for everyones answers and that there are other people that have Springers like me that are just pets. I would change my Springers for anyone.
As for mine, well at the moment its been snowing in Central Scotland and they've been having a great time playing in the snow but nothing is more happier for them than an nice warm livingroom and comfy sofa to lye on!!
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:57 PM   #8
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Oh, my aunt just got a springer/brittany? mix, and she's awesome! She's indoors with them, she's great with the kids, and the cat.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:54 PM   #9
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I believe that "working/sporting" have high energy so you have to work hard to have pet/work dog. Iit is tought off duty police k9 should be kenneled not used as pet, I can tell you that my partner in the nypd was a fem gsd. On the job at home on vacation or in bed she is with me. talk about a bond!She would die for me but i would do the same for her.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:57 PM   #10
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Perhaps this neighbor may just be feeling a bit uncomfortable about what he offers his dogs as far as companionship goes? Who knows? Just keep up the good life for your 2 Springers! The ones that I've known crave all the human affection they can get.
I was thinking the same thing... or he possibly feels that dogs are just for working, and not for pets!!!

I've run into several ppl that feel that way. I've also ran into several that only feel dogs are for show and not for pets.

This is very strange to me, but i can see were they are coming from as that is how they (the ppl) were raised. The dogs were treated like cattle or sheep.
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