Dachshund-Perhaps a pup that is three-quarters pointer and one-quarter setter. Can this dog be broken to retrieve ducks from water? How should he be trained? Can he be trained to hunt rabbits or other game?
Certainly, and that can be done by following plain directions as obtained in The Amateur Trainer. Bit why try to make a duck dog out of such a cross. The pointer by nature is absolutely unfit as a retriever from cold water (the duck season always comes during the cooler periods) and suffers too greatly because taking severe cold, getting rheumatic and worthless thereafter. The setter, owing to heavier coat, can be used to better advantage in duck retrieving, but he also suffers greatly when water is real cold. For a duck dog you should have a special breeds such as the Chesapeake Bay dog, or the Irish water spaniel, both of which have an under-coat or fur which prevents the skin getting wet when working in water, hence are fit for retrieving ducks from ice-cold water without suffering. As a bird dog this pup is more in place and can be trained to hunt in proper manner. Most pointers and setters naturally take to hunting rabbits and will require but very little opportunity to make useful.
Your pup ought to make a good dog for retrieving ducks. As to treeing partridges, I cannot say; I never heard of it before.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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