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Subject: Re: Red Setters vs Pointing Labs

david smith
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Date Posted: 10:24:44 02/16/11 Wed
Author Host/IP: luci.unl.edu/
In reply to: Jeff Ecklund 's message, "Red Setters vs Pointing Labs" on 22:05:45 10/15/10 Fri

Not to offend, but there is no such thing as a "pointing" lab, not once you have seen true pointers in the field. sure, they may have a tendency to point or look like they point(and I have hunted with one that did a real good job at that), but there is nothing like watching your red dog lock solid, no question it is a point. i have had my dog hold a pheasant or covey for 5 minutes as I tried to locate her from her beeper collar in crp on a windy day, doubt if a lab would hold that long. i have also had that good "pointing" lab completely miss birds or flush them, something a good pointer would not do. my feeling is, labs are retrievers, no reason to try and make them into something they aren't. probably get some differing opinions, but if you want to see a dog point, buy a pointer. great to hear about your hunting experience and that those red dogs are more than holding their own.

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