A rare gun dog breed, you may or may not be familiar with the Korthals Griffon. Their distinctive moustache style of facial fur is eye-catching. Originating from the Netherlands, it is infrequent to notice these dogs in public; a country show is a more likely place to observe one. They are, however, slowly growing in popularity as a short-range gun dog. Their incredibly true nature and history of specialised breeding make them a fascinating dog breed.
Owning a dog can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, and, if you’re into shooting, a well-trained gundog is invaluable. Choosing and training a gundog can sometimes be tricky, and it’s always best to start from a young age. While every situation is different, we often get asked the same questions, so we have put together a list of top FAQ’s when it comes to gundog pups.
The Brittany, originally known as the Brittany Spaniel, was first recognised in 1907 when it was bred for bird hunting. This energetic breed makes a perfect family companion and hunting dog due to being sweet-natured and easy to train.
Fur Feather & Fin have teamed up with gun dog trainer Jason Mayhew to bring you some tips and advice when it comes to training your gun dog. In this video, we learn the correct way to use a slip lead when working with your dog.
We all know socialising your dog is an integral part of being a dog owner, by why is it important, and what are the benefits? A socialised dog, particularly a working dog that is frequently surrounded by different sights and smells, will work better and respond well even in new environments. Read on to find out everything you need to know about socialising your gun dog.
The Italian Spinone is an Italian gundog breed, bred to be versatile in the field. The breed is a capable dog and traditionally used as a hunt, point and retrieve gundog. The Spinone is also known to be loyal and friendly, which makes it a great family pet too.
The Barbet (pronounced bar-bay) is a medium-sized French water dog, listed by the French Kennel Club in the same group as retrievers and flushing dogs. As of 2018, the Barbet is the 220th breed recognised by The Kennel Club of the UK. An old breed, it has been a proficient dog for retrieving waterfowl for many years.
While buying a gundog puppy is an exciting process, many young dogs up for sale may not have come from a responsible breeder but instead, a puppy farm where illegal breeding practices take place. As well as breaking the law by implementing forced breeding methods, the dogs offered by puppy farmers are more likely to become ill or develop issues with both their behaviour and health once they reach adulthood. To ensure you are purchasing a healthy and happy gundog from a responsible breeder, we have provided a brief guide on how to spot illegal puppy farming:
The Labrador retriever needs little introduction, being the most popular pet dog in the UK, and also one of the favourite working gundogs in the country. Labrador retrievers are a popular choice for working dogs, being guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, helper dogs for deaf and disabled and drug sniffer dogs too. The breed has definitely made its mark with their easy-going temperament, general good health and hardworking attitude.