Are you considering a VHD and wondering what the
Wessls are like? They are active; think pointer
energy with the retrieving desire of the lab!
Not unlike any other hunting dog, but she is
intense. When she figured out the retrieving
dummies were on the mantle or in the garage, she
wouldn't and still won't stop trying to get to
them. Before we picked Brie up at 52 days I
wondered what level of prey drive and "birdiness"
she would have. Those thoughts and concerns are
gone. At 8 weeks she would scent a bird wing on
the lawn from 20 or 30 feet downwind and race to
it. At 4 months old she was fairly
uncontrollable when searching out quail, ducks
and pheasants on our daily field trips. At 7
months, her attitude in the field changed and
she showed a much better level of cooperation.
She ranges from 30 to 300 yards out depending on
cover and my attention to her, but she always
checks back and works with me. Don't get me
wrong, when she is distracted she doesn't hear
well but when she realizes I want her back she
is headed my way at a run.
At home she isn't needy, she doesn't want to
be on your lap or in your face and if she isn't
sleeping, chewing on a bone or bringing you a
toy, she is headed to the back yard to
hunt .....anything. On the other hand she sleeps
all night on the dog bed (one side r corner of
our king bed) with no problem.
Here's some recent video of Chica
doing water retrieves. I haven't
worked with her a whole lot this
summer, but I think she's doing
really great. I'm already looking
forward to both duck hunting and
pheasant hunting his fall. She's
not only a wonderful house pet,
she's going to be a great hunting
companion, Chris is attached to
her as much or I am and we wouldn't
sell her for a million dollars.