You would have a lot better luck finding a started dog than a finished dog. I have only seen a few finished dogs for sale and they were several thousand dollars. Furthermore, you need to learn how to read and handle the dog, as well as continue its training in order to keep it at its best. I may be selling one of my finished dogs to make room for an imported dog (the problem with the search for a "perfect" dog). I think I already have a buyer, though. He will spend a couple of days with me and the dog working tracks, so that he can make the most of the dog. It's very difficult to get rid of a dog that I have 2 years of work invested in, but I will be happy if he goes to a good tracking home with plenty of love and attention.Is it possible to buy a started or finished dog? Either in the USA or import? Never trained a retriever, pointer, or tracker.
Wonderful dogs from my limited experience. I nearly purchased one when I was first looking for a tracking dog. I visited with a guy in Alaska who uses both a DD and WPG. The DD seems to be a little more "gamey", in general, but he said his WPG was more "intellectual" when working out tough tracks. They don't have nearly the showing in the German tracking tests, but that doesn't mean they don't make good trackers. I always tell folks, "If you already have the dog, you should give it a shot."Doc,
I have a wired hair pointing griffin that looks similar to your dogs. Are they somewhat related. I wonder how good she would be with training. I have had her find my last 5-6 deer and she has done it very easy. Most were all short trails with lots of blood. I put her on one my dad shot this year. We couldn't find any blood, she found blood 30 yards from the shot and tracked for a couple hundred yards until it went into a swamp and couldn't find where or if it came out. I think it was a shoulder hit. They are a great family dog, you can not tire her out, and she points partridge with no training. I am really surprised there are not more of them around, she does not like heat though. Just wondered if you had an experience with them.