RoosterBooster wrote:What breed would you rather have for strictly hunting pheasants and why??
Both DD/GSP/DK can and have proven to do fine, neither better than the other for pheasants. That being the case I would choose a GSP or a Deutsch Kurzhaar (I have both DK's and a GSP in my home)- they do better when its hot out and well you don't have to deal with a longer-haired dog. It's easier to keep them cleaner too. The first time I laid my hands on a DD coat, my eyes got wide. A good DD coat is just soo much thicker than a German shorthair. Shorthairs do fine when there's snow on the ground though too. If you're going to be doing lots of cold waterwork get a wirehair of some sort (a DD/Deutsch Drahthaar would be my pick). One of the biggest things if you want a good dog is you get what you pay for and make sure you do your research on the breeder you buy from.
There are some excellent GSP breeders out there and yes, only a handful of DK breeders in the US. I think genetically, you will find more soundness in the DK than the GSP. There are a few other reasons I like DK's better than a GSP, but that's another thread. And no, not all DK breeders make you test or have strict rules on what you can and can't do with your dog. If you want to participate in the DKV testing system, than yes, you do have certain things you must abide by. Same with the VDD/GNA system if you go with a DD.
mngsp wrote:The type of terrain hunting the pheasant can make a difference, probably more so between individual dogs than the breed.
I think that whether you get a GSP or DK, if you are getting a dog that has been bred to handle field, water, and fur equally, you'll have a dog that will more likely be able to handle whatever terrain you take it to. Because there are some rather various breeding philosophies in the GSP world and dogs that won't hold up to what you take them to. Again, research the breeder you are buying from.
If you are interested in a DK here are some, not all of the DK breeders:
If you are interested in a finding GSP breeder that has been bred to handle field, water, and fur - PM me.