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The Complete Bird Dog Buyers Guide: Part 1 – Your New Puppy

Which breed meets your needs for your first—or next—gun dog?

The Complete Bird Dog Buyers Guide: Part 1 – Your New Puppy

From wide-ranging pointers to close-working flushers to marsh-busting retrievers and one-stop-shop versatile dogs, which is the best bird dog breed for you? Read on to find out! (Photo By: Steve Oehlenschlager)

The email sang a familiar refrain: he had an old bird dog, was looking for an “upgrade,” had seen my TV show, and wanted one just like mine. You may be at the same point in your hunting career (but saw the same TV show and definitely want something else). Or, you’re looking for your first gun dog and wondering what breed is right for you.

The short answer: Labrador Retriever. Any self-respecting Lab will want to please to the point he’ll do back...

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