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Versatile Brittany

Postby gopokes » Wed Nov 23, 2022 5:36 pm

The recent Brittany thread got me thinking about whether or not anyone used brits in a versatile sense - blood tracking, light waterfowl, etc.
Lots of youtube videos out there from across the pond where brits are used for rabbits.
Is anyone breeding for those traits? My guess is no, but maybe there is enough innate ability to be channeled in some of these areas. Thoughts?
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Re: Versatile Brittany

Postby SwitchGrassWPG » Thu Nov 24, 2022 11:23 am

To get a general idea, you can take a look at NAVHDA Utility tested dogs in litters produced/breeder test results to find the breeders who may be focusing on versatility. https://www.navhda.org/search-the-registry-database/. Granted testing is primarily dependent on the owner, but if the breeder is testing their own dogs, it may give you a better idea.
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Re: Versatile Brittany

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:22 pm

gopokes wrote:The recent Brittany thread got me thinking about whether or not anyone used brits in a versatile sense - blood tracking, light waterfowl, etc.
Lots of youtube videos out there from across the pond where brits are used for rabbits.
Is anyone breeding for those traits? My guess is no, but maybe there is enough innate ability to be channeled in some of these areas. Thoughts?
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My thoughts are you would be going about this the hard way. Extremely easy to find genetically naturally talented GWPs and DDs that excel at upland birds, waterfowl and blood tracking.

You will look high and low to find a Brittany with the same genetic skills for that full spectrum skill set and still likely come up short is what I think. Particularly in the Blood tracking area.
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Re: Versatile Brittany

Postby gopokes » Sat Nov 26, 2022 12:03 pm

Agreed - Just curious if anyone knew of folks using the brit breed for these applications.
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Re: Versatile Brittany

Postby marysburg » Sat Nov 26, 2022 3:09 pm

I have had 3 Brittannies who were all trained and tested in the NAVHDA system. Two of them were Prize 1 UT dogs, and one was a 204. All of them loved to hunt upland, track, retrieve in water and on land and were all round talented and versatile dogs. Specialist breeds will of course be the best in their field of excellence. Nothing tracks like a bloodhound, but the versatiles can do a really competent job at many tasks, and our last Britt was a very determined and successful trained tracking dog used to recover wounded deer. Britts are great family dogs, and ours did well with livestock, poultry, cats and kids.
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Re: Versatile Brittany

Postby Highlander » Sat Nov 26, 2022 6:15 pm

The recent Brittany thread got me thinking about whether or not anyone used brits in a versatile sense - blood tracking, light waterfowl, etc.
Lots of youtube videos out there from across the pond where brits are used for rabbits


You will find a very good NAVHDA bred Brittany. There is a guy in NY that breeds specifically NAVHDA type dogs. Eric Afuso is his name.
I have hunted with a dog from his kennel and had very good impression. He hunted hard, pointed well and retrieved.
The dog was good built with strong bones and nice head.

As far as tracking goes and drawing examples from hunters from oversea, it is very different over there and there is higher complexity involved than what NAVHDA dogs are asked to do at the tests.

Blood tracking is foreign concept among many upland hunters. I am not sure you can find a Brittany with that background, unless it is imported from overseas. And even over there the Brittanys have a reputation of a pure field / upland dogs. They are often used in field trails as well.
Same say you can teach it to any dog... probably it is true. The question is how much effort are you willing to put in it?

If you happened to like that size of a dog, with a versatile profile, and blood tracking is important for you, you are better off with the Small Munsterlander.
They have been bred for tracking, blood tracking, water work and field. They are natural retrievers too. There are two well established clubs in the US.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest problem of some SM is their slow maturing pointing instincts that may not even fully develop.
I am not all of them but some of them.

As said above there is DD and GWP that has been actively bred and used for blood tracking.

If you look the United Blood Trackers website they have list of breeds that are have been successfully used for that.
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Re: Versatile Brittany

Postby jarbo03 » Mon Nov 28, 2022 3:16 pm

My last Brittany was a wonderful versatile dog. Probably retrieved more waterfowl and a lot of Retrievers get to in their lifetime. Would take a 300 yd cast better than Taz and my previous lab would do. Surprisingly, his biggest downfall was prairie chicken. Amazing pheasant and quail dog, but he pressured chickens too much. Coukd not tell you what lines he was from, he was just from a line of Brits that my family had bred for years. Having a lab and a Britney together for 12 years is what led me to owning a griff. I wanted to have only one dog and still do all the same things.
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