If you’re interested in learning about Hunt Point Retrieve dog breeds, their backgrounds, how to train them, and their characteristics, this podcast is for you! In this episode, we discuss with Sharon Pinkerton of Bareve K9 Services where to start when getting an HPR dog.

Sharon will give you an insight into the HPRs and what you need to know. Sharon has owned GWP/HPRs since 1977, initially as a show person but now very much dual purpose. She has worked my dogs on shoots and ran them in working events, including Field Trials, with a good range of success. In addition, Sharon is a HPR FT B Panel judge and has trained and worked many dogs up to FT award level, including 1st’s/highest do in FT at all levels from Novice to Open.

What Is A Hunt Point Retrieve (HPR) Dog

A Hunt Pointing Retrieve (hpr) dog is a gun dog trained to independently find the game, point out the game to the hunter, and then retrieve the game once it has been shot. Pointing dogs are often used in fields, moors and meadows where the game is not especially plentiful, as they can help the hunter to locate game that might otherwise be overlooked.

Hunt Point retrieve (HPR) Breeds.

HPR breeds make great versatile hunting companions. They are often used for rough shooting, picking-up and deer stalking. These dogs are bred to have a strong prey drive and a keen sense of smell. As a result, they are very energetic and need plenty of mental and physical exercise.

HPR breeds include German Shorthaired Pointer, German Longhaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Weimaraner, Hungarian Vizsla, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Brittany, Large Munsterlander, Italian Spinone, Bracco Italiano, Korthals Griffon and Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer.

The Intelligence of Hunt Point Retrieve Breeds – HPRs

Many dog breeds were created for specific purposes, including hunting, herding and guarding. While all dogs are intelligent, some breeds are particularly adept at particular tasks. For example, hunt-point-retrieve (HPR) dogs are bred to work closely with hunters, using their keen sense of smell to track down the game. These dogs must be able to control their impulse to chase after every animal they see or smell, waiting patiently until the hunter gives the signal to flush. As a result, HPR dogs are known for their high level of intelligence.

In addition to being excellent hunting companions, HPR dogs also make great family pets as long as the family is aware they are taking on a working dog breed that needs mental stimulation. They are typically gentle and good-natured, forming strong bonds with their owners. If you’re looking for an intelligent and loyal dog breed, an HPR breed may be the perfect choice for you with the proper training and understanding.

The Negatives of Owning a Hunt Point Retrieve (HPR) Breed

Owning a working breed of dog can be enormously rewarding, but it also comes with some challenges. These dogs are bred for intelligence, athleticism and stamina, and they require a lot of mental and physical exercise. If you don’t have the time or energy to give them the activity they need, they can become frustrated and destructive.

In addition, HPR breeds often require more training than other dogs, so be prepared to put in some extra work to help them reach their full potential. But if you’re up for the challenge, owning an HPR breed can be an enriching experience.

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Further HPR Information can also be found here https://hprga.co.uk/hpr-breeds/

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