The results of the 2010 Field & Stream (un)official gun dog census are in, and they’re pretty darn interesting.
But first let me get to the free prize (a three-pack of Cabela’s training dummies), which is awarded to Kelmitch (and his UK Springer). My wife picked his name randomly from the 213 entrants. Kelmitch, e-mail me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get your goods shipped out. Congrats.
And now for the breakdown of the 10 most popular F&S dog breeds.
No real surprise that among the F&S readers the Labrador retriever is the uber-dog. They make up a whopping 42 percent of the top 10. And it’s obvious you Lab guys love your pooches. As aptly named labrador12 wrote, “What a privilege it is to share the world with Labrador retrievers.” And there was jamesti who gushed about his Lab, Chaos: “The best bird dog I’ve ever owned! I think he trained himself. Has a 9-foot vertical jump and takes out the trash. Think I’ll keep him. He’s learning to cook.”
Beagles and Brittanys ran neck-and-neck, eventually locking up in a second place tie. Your beagles do a fair amount of rabbit hunting, as evidence by buckeyepride’s comment, “Have a 3 year old beagle, Lucy. Even if she wasn’t a good rabbit dog I’d still love her to death. She’s loyal to an extreme.” And then there was Creek Chub’s beagle, who “snores loudly and is infatuated with airplanes.”
No doubt you bird doggers love your Brittanys. Here’s what sdurpey said about his three-year-old named Buddy. “If I could take years off of my life to give to Bud, I would do it without a second thought. That dog has meant the world to me and we have grown up together, he much faster than I unfortunately.” Sdurprey, I don’t know you but something tells me you’re one hell of a good guy.
German Short Haired pointers trailed the Britts by just a hair. Del in KS checked in with his dog Jill who hunts hard and has been trained to wait for permission before crossing any road.
Given that the star of this blog is my Boykin, Pritchard, it’s no surprise that we had a solid number of Boykin owners check in. Lyne Rabern reported that her two-year-old “little brown dog” is a “bird loving fool” that would rather flush birds than eat.
Goldens, English Setters, Springer spaniels, Chessies, and Vizlas rounded out the list. (See above graph for rankings and percentages.)
Beyond the top 10, mixed breeds also made a fine showing, with everything from mutts of unknown origins to Springadors (Springer/Lab mix) to Wiemapeakes (Chessie/Weimaraner mix). And there were a few pure breeds that were new to me, including one Nova Scotia Tolling-Duck Retriever. From what I can deduce, these dogs were bred to frolic on the water’s edge. Their commotion attracted sea ducks (tolling), which were shot by hunters and then retrieved by the NSTDRs.
I’ll eventually post the entire list of results, but for now I find great entertainment by going back to the original post and reading about the dogs you love.
Anybody find any surprises in the top 10? Any breeds not make it that you thought would?
Thanks for participating.