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Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby kat » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:47 pm

Looking for advice on hunting with a Britt with a tail - do/would you hunt a Britt that had a natural long tail? We have pups with tails and dew claws and the question has come up. The pups are five mos old now, the only thing we do know is we have told one potential adopter they may not take the dog if they plan on docking the tail now, they have decided to keep looking for one without a long tail because they were advised against hunting with a dog with a tail. Do we need to tell people these dogs can't hunt? I know we never specifically adopt a Britt as a "hunter", but do we need to be more specific with one's with tails? Or is one family's vet over-reacting? Please advise!!
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Barb Wright » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:22 pm

kat wrote:.... Or is one family's vet over-reacting? Please advise!!


Oh for pete's sake....what nonsense :roll: :roll: Yes, the vet is full of sh*t !! All you have to do is visit the hunting/sporting breed sites and see just how many dogs there are that hunt WITH TAILS. Can hunting dogs that have tails get damage to the tail, sure....and dogs without tails can also get damage from brush (and all the other perils) to ears, flanks, legs, and just about any other body part.

Well, guess I'll leave it to others who hunt their dogs to tune in on this....but, I'll tell you, any person with half a brain will just laugh and say, Bull Hockey !!! JMPO
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Rachelle » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:49 pm

Yeah, that's just stupid. We had a brittany mix when I was in high school. She had a full tail and dew claws. Her tail looked very similar to an English setter tail (long with really long feathering). My dad hunted with her for years and she never had any issues with either her tail or dew claws.
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby MaggieRocks » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:58 am

I think it's not that a brit with a tail "can't" hunt...it's just that there will be more grooming involved AFTER the hunt!!! :lol:
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby janet909 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:12 am

I don't see how a tail can have ANYTHING to do with it. Actually, if my dogs had tails, we might actually be able to see them in the field and know where they are..hahaha...that would be helpful. Yes, I think they are getting bad information. These dogs are hunting dogs in their brains.....it has nothing to do with the other end.

This is a non-Brittany statement but Chena was a blue heeler that never got her tail docked because she was born on an island in Alaska with no vet. She was one of the best grouse hunting dogs ever. When her tail started twitching, we knew she was going to flush birds. We grew to rely on that big, beautiful tail of hers.
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Canned Ice » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:23 am

Such nonsense. There are laws about tail docking in some European countries and the dogs there still hunt. If I have time later, I'll look to see if I can find some pictures of some European champion Brits with tails.
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Muddy Creek Britts » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:55 pm

Ditto all above. I doubt they could find a vet with any ethics at all to dock their tails now anyway. Now it would be considered an amputation, not a simple docking. Docking gets done at 1-3 days old, so the tail is cartilege, not bone yet. No decent vet would do an unnecessary amputation for appearance reasons.
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby kat » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:58 pm

Well, we thought maybe we just didn't know enough about hunting, or something! Thanks for the reassurance!
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Bill C. » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:42 pm

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with all due respect to the Dr. and his extensive education and applied abilities to help and heal small animals, uh....lessee...

ah...he should eat more roughage.

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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Barb Wright » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:19 pm

:lol: :lol: There is nothing like a picture to speak volumes :lol: :lol:
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby kat » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:45 pm

Bill - love that pic!!! Here's a pic of our foster, Rusty, and his adorable tail:

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Hunting companion or family pet, he's going to make someone very happy!
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Bill C. » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:05 pm

Kat?

If you choose to, you can find pheasant wings to tease the pups with. I've given all of last season's away, or used them to tantalize Mick, or I'd send some to you. Don't have the link now, but a Google search will find them. Be fun to play with them, get them perking up to the scent. They are NOT chew toys.

Nice looking pup, but...I've never really seen a puppy that wasn't. :)
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Cindy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:22 pm

Great picture but I'm still not sure about tails on Brittanys. Something about them just doesn't look "right" but I guess you just get used to it. Our dogs have always had varying lengths of short tails except for Casey (who was mostly Springer and maybe English Setter).
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Re: Can Brittanies with tails hunt?

Postby Bill C. » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:49 pm

kat?

Gundogsupply 6 pack of wild pheasant wings $9.99 plus shipping.

http://www.gundogsupply.com/wild-pheasant-wings-6.html

Mick and I are working with some old thick socks with wings inside. He is instructed to "stay" in kitchen while I hide the sock in one of the other rooms in the house.

I go back in and command "fetch." He goes to search.

I have to help every now and then, but...most of the time he finds it and retrieves it, after giving it a good shaking.

Haven't worked outside a lot yet, but he's coming along.

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