Joined: 06 Nov 2009
Location: West Coast of WI
I'v been a wirehair/drahthaar guy for 22 years now, but the SM is on a short list if I were ever to switch. Nice dogs!
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Joined: 26 Dec 2006
Location: At the edge of a Florida marsh
As one of the only SM owners down here in south Florida and having owned numerous other types of field dogs I can personally attest that they are by far one the best well kept secret versatile hunting dog to have.
I can go from waterfowl, to quail, to rabbit in one day at the same hunting grounds and not skip a beat. Bella, my five year old SM is the absolutely best dog ever. They were on my radar for a long time and after much deliberation I finally pulled the trigger. I could give a long dissertation on them but I won't. But I will say this, for me and for my wants and needs, I'll never own any other type of dog again except for a small munsterlander.
And to boot.....their is no other perfect combination than a small munsterlander and a sixteen gauge. A sweet sixteen in particular. The two are made for each other. Just look at the 16ga home page photo and you'll get the idea.
If anyone needs a personal testimony on a SM......
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Joined: 14 Jan 2006
Location: Lancaster county, Pa
A very close friend of mine has a 7 month old SM. I have been training him he is smart as a whip learns things extremely fast has decent talent and a good nose. He will make a fine gun dog especially if you pair him with a Setter that runs big. He really has a lot of self control and discipline it worried me at first because he didn't lose his mind and go bird crazy when we got the pigeons out of the coupe. My crew loses there minds when birds are brought out. I hunted him the other week on some late season grouse his search is good and thorough not wide ranging at this point but he is just a pup. I wouldn't hesitate to own one but like most of you I have my favorites. The combination of my Pudelpointer for close work and ducks and my setters to scour every inch of cover I have it made for my type of hunting. The PP points more Woodcock than the setters but they find more Grouse. I run them together and it works for me. The setters love to duck hunt too but hiding a white dog is tough.
There's is quite a list of requirements before a SM can be used for breeding. One of themis that a dog must be loud on sight or scent. SMs are prized for their toughness and are often used to drive big game to the gun in Germany (called a Drückjagd). They are also used as many German versatiles are to blood track and locate wounded big game. Super little dogs with grit.
No pic yet? I will be honest, it is not a breed I ever recall seeing in my neck of the country. I am sure somebody has one, I just haven't run into them yet. I haven't even view many pictures of one and am curious to see a photo of yours. Other's are likely wanting to see it too.
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