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DOGS TO HUNT

DOGS TO HUNT

Basically, there are two ways of breeding pointers: continental and English. Continental Pointing Dogs are undoubtedly descended from ancient hounds and hounds, of which, after introducing the use of firearms, dogs prone to displaying game were selected. The native breeds of pointers developed for the same purposes in different regions. Spain has 4 short-haired breeds - from a light pointer, close to the pointer, to heavy, of the rock-hound type - and one long-haired and one rough-haired. Portugal also has its own breed. France has 8 short-haired pointer breeds known as "braque"” (with the addition of the name of the region or the name of the creator of the breed), different in height or color, and 4 longhair breeds known as "epagneuls” i 2 wirehaired or woolly breeds - "griffon d'arret” i „barbet”. Italy has one shorthair breed, "Bracco."” and one wirehaired "spinone."”. Denmark has a fairly heavy shorthaired pointer. The Netherlands 3 race, one of which looks more like a medium spitz, a is used for water hunting. Hungary has its native yellow pointer in two types of coat. The Czechs - in addition to German pointers - breed their regional wirehaired breed "ćesky fousek"”. Until the 20th century, Germany had a number of regional races, corresponding to the remnants of the feudal structure of the state, divided into kingdoms and principalities. These breeds, however, as the country's unification progressed, was limited to smooth-haired, long-haired and rough-haired, and poodles, rather few, displaced by wirehaired hair. The number of hunting dogs in Germany was quite diverse and consisted of pointers, in which the blood of a hound was pooling, hounds and field dogs from Spain, France, and recently also a largely English pointer. Many different properties were required of the German pointer: stand-ups in hunting birds, bushballs and rummaging in the woods, exemplary retrieval of gunshots and good work of the mountain screamer. It's hard to expect a single dog, to be perfect in all these specialties. However, in the English breeding of hunting dogs, the greatest possible specialization was sought.

It was influenced by local conditions and hunting tradition. The wealthy hunter and his staff had dogs with various specialties.

Continental hunting, having different traditions, has produced other types of hunting dogs. The continental hunter generally uses one dog to hunt each game. A versatile dog can be generally good, but in certain types of hunting it is never able to compete with a specialist, and this one, in turn, is perfect, but only in its specialty. However, you must know, that each type of hunting requires a dog to be different, often even conflicting inborn dispositions. In the current conditions of constantly shrinking fisheries, declining state of partridges, pointer - especially the English type - is losing ground. City hunter, who can devote only a few Sundays to hunting, he will not have the opportunity to train a hunter or to keep him in shape. For such hunters, the spooker is more suitable, possibly a larger terrier - tracking and retriever, and as a last resort, the so-called. universal continental pointer.