This topic has been debated and argued on this site a lot. As i am sure it has been around the world for years. It all comes down to you as the individual. How do you hunt, what is important to you, how serious you are,.. As you can see I am partial to Golden's. I have two, raise them as a small breeder, and try to better the quality of hunting goldens in the world. You hunt for a few months out of the year and the rest of the time you have to like whatever dog you keep around.