I have never trained a retriever. the biggest difference is what you want the dog to do because they are bred for different kinds of work. if you like to spend most of your time in a duck or goose blind and need a dog for cold water retrieves a pointing dog is not your best bet. if youw ant a dog that will range well, locate and hold upland game till you get there to flush and shoot, then the pointing dog is your better choice. very job specific. they are both smart, the would I imagine train the same, just what you are teaching it to enhance its natural instincts would be different. there is probably a greater or at least equal difference in trainability within a breed then there is between the breeds
Oh, fudge, I worded that wrong!!! LOL Sorry! Pointers point, SETTERS flush, and retrievers retrieve! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
wouldn't that be agreat way to hunt. you can have your pointer point the bird, the setter flush it out of the bush, you can shoot it and have your retreiver bring it back to you. that would be like lazy mans hunting.
You know, Scout...that's not a bad idea! My husband had suggested we get 3 labs, one of each color. Maybe we should get pointer, setter and retreiver! I can get my vizsla or brittany, he can get his lab or golden. How about an English setter?
i work with alot of hunters. one vet has english pointers, one has the chesapeake and my boss has english setters. the english setters are really nice dogs. i personally am not into hunting so i don't know anything about how they all are. jsu that if i was, i would buy one of each and a really comfortable chair LOL !!