Uncommon bird dogs

BrownDogsCan2

Well-known member
How do they handle cold water? My shorthair is finished with water after early teal season.
This is the first one I’ve had, I’ve got 2 chesapeakes to. Night and day difference, the Boykin comes out a wet rat. People duck hunt them though. That’s what they were bred for. They are not going to break ice for sure.
 

Wolfchief

Member
We hunt with Labs, which I'm glad of. Hardy as hell, very biddable, always ready to hunt, no long hair to catch burrs, great water retrievers and swamp busters. A few years ago my wife wanted a Boykin so we went to a well known breeder in Wisconsin and brought home a beautiful little dark chocolate brown Boykin female. She was the most athletic dog I've ever seen! Bouncy, energy to burn, a 28 lb. bundle of fire, and drop-dead cute. BUT...her nose was only so-so and she was a less-than- accomplished swimmer, plus, when we took her to the field, she was a barker...wound up being a a coddled house pet; died at 4 years old after multiple surgeries to remove rocks she swallowed.....
 

TexasGSP83

Member
I grew up with labs and love them. We didn’t hunt with ours tho. Sorry to hear that about the boykin, that’s rough.
 

Omotose

New member
I can’t keep my Boykin out of the water. He’s a swimming fool. Lives to retrieve. We duck hunted AZ last year so no ice but cold water didn’t seem to phase him.
 

Munster927

Active member
My Munsterlanders don't seem to care about cold water either. I'm not a duck hunter but they've been in some cold water. Extremely cold temps pheasant hunting they could care less about too. I was in SD in January a few years ago and the warmest it got the whole week was 8 degrees. She would whine a little bit when we took a break for 10 minutes, probably because she was cold standing there but once moving she could care less. Supposedly they have hollow hair, like labs, so I assume that helps their insulation. They have webbed toes like a lab too.
 

5 stand

Active member
My Munsterlanders don't seem to care about cold water either. I'm not a duck hunter but they've been in some cold water. Extremely cold temps pheasant hunting they could care less about too. I was in SD in January a few years ago and the warmest it got the whole week was 8 degrees. She would whine a little bit when we took a break for 10 minutes, probably because she was cold standing there but once moving she could care less. Supposedly they have hollow hair, like labs, so I assume that helps their insulation. They have webbed toes like a lab too.
Labs have halo hair interesting.
 

Munster927

Active member
Labs have halo hair interesting.
That's what I've always heard. A quick Google search didn't yield much for me in way of facts one way or the other, maybe it's an old wives tale haha but I've always been told that (I had labs when I was a kid).
 
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