I cna't think of a hunting dog that doens't shed much. I think most were made to be able to stay warm and have lots of hair. maybe a weim? If you could get past the hair I would say to go with a lab though. harriers are the bigger version of the beagle(I think).
German Shorthair Pointers shed, but not much. Other than that you are not going to find any dog that doesn't shed except a poodle. My cousins have a GSP, he's a great dog. He's 14yrs old now, still a puppy at heart.
I have an English Springer Spaniel, he's great with kids, very happy go lucky and goofy, an awesome hunter (birds), and is medium in size. Springers range from 40-55lbs usually. They do shed alot.
We have 4 kids, and I enjoy bird hunting. Of course I'm biased , but I think it's hard to not go with a lab. Ours is one of the 'pointing' labs. She's a great hunter, but also has a very loving and mellow personality. I don't believe alot of hunting breeds are great companions for kids, but I know our lab is!
Oh my gosh...I forgot.... no shedding issues and a big dog.... a Black and Tan Coonhound! Great hunters great dogs and wonderful family dispositions. Look a bit like a natural Dobe! Please give this breed a lot of consideration! Leaps and bounds better than a springer....
True, it would depend on your hunting interest....family pet with a 2 year old? I'd still go wih a lab. Plus there is no big shedding issue. Never heard of a 'dobe' that hunted, on the other hand my best rabbit dog was some sort of terrior mix that no one would ever think would hunt. By the way, our lab will point a rabbit (probably not good if you're trying to get titled), but for scrub hunters we cheer her on! Nice to have a dog that will point birds then find one that you thought got away. Did that recently with a quail. Also jumped a fence to retrieve a pheasant, brought it back over the fence too!
Ohh yes, the English Cocker Spaniel is a very good hunting dog. They look nothing like American Cocker Spaniels though. I do believe they shed, but they are good hunters. I'm not sure about temperment though.
We have 3 kids as well, one of which is also 2yrs. old. Have you looked into American Bulldogs? Ours is wonderful with the family and they are hunting/sporting dogs as well. They have a short coat so not much shedding and they adore children!
English Cockers are bigger and shed about the same as the american cocker and are usually very good with kids.
The German Wiredhaired pointer,Irish Water Spaniel,Portuguese water dog,Spinone italiano,Wired haired Vizla,and wiredhaired pionting griffon all these shed little to none and make good family,and hunting dogs.
First a doberman that hunts, now a bulldog or standard poodle?!! Yes, they once did, until the AKC and breeders selected for appearance rather than what the breed was intended for. Never had a problem with a 'hyper' lab until the age of 3, but my perceptions of anything cocker is usually a very hyper dog. I personally don't like English labs because they are not athletic, but I suppose it's a preference. I also find American labs, like pointing labs, to be a much more versatile dog. The AKC is now accepting Border Collie registrations, and most breeders cringe since they fear it will beocme like the standard poodle, that is not usuable for the original purpose.
either a vizsla, or a weimaraner are both medium to large dogs very little shedding, and both are scent dogs. the weimaraner is a bit more common hunting dog. I also agree with the others, german short haired pointers are great hunting dogs, and shed very little. all of these breeds will do great in family with children. good luck
My neighbor has a standard poodle that huints and I have seen many competions with them hunting. My trainer breeds english labs and they all hunt.I didnt say all american labs are hyper but most are because of over breeding.
the weims are a hyper dog to but they may not be if they hunt often.they do need a job though and they are big dogs.They are very pretty though.I think you would do best with the poodle or german wiredhaired pointers they dont shed or shed very little.
***Edited By: Cockerlover on 12/9/2005 3:59:17 PM*** Reason: add
Really! Does the standard poodle have any pictures or websites? I thought they were bred as a retriever. Where did you see them compete? Not being a jerk, but I'd love to see where they competed and how they did.
The American lab is no more overbred than the English Lab, but I'm not sure what the term means. I would avoid puppy mills and go with a reputable breeder. Have no idea what the shedding issue is, since we have 2 and have had no problem there at all.