We all have our bird dog breeds. For gun dog trainer and breeder David Trahan, that breed is the Deutsch Kurzhaar.
David Trahan is a New Hampshire native and owner of On-Point Kennels in Deerfield. He has harnessed his passion for bird dogs by becoming a professional gun dog trainer and eventually breeder of Deutsch Kurzhaars. These German-system German shorthaired dogs are subject to testing and standards to maintain the rigorous requirements as a breeder.
“I imported my first dog in 1996. I got Tascha von der Wenge from the Wenge line. It was one of those ‘Geez, what am I going to do?’ situations as I had never really imported a dog. So through some friends, it was phone calls, and interpreters, and stuff. And basically what I said is, I want ‘quiet and confidence’ — that’s what I was looking for in a dog. And I got my first German shorthaireds from Germany. She was my foundation bitch.”
Deutsch Kurzhaar fact: the German shorthaired pointer (originally Deutsch Kurzhaar) was developed in the mid 1800s. During that time, the concept of the “versatile” hunting dog became a priority in Western Europe as a practical alternative to the more aristocratic preference. Wealthier hunters would own several breeds, one for each hunting task. But the versatile dogs had to do it all — find and point upland game, retrieve waterfowl, track fur and feathers, and work consistently on varied terrain and weather conditions.
This short film takes us on a journey from the breed to training in the field and ultimately what it is like to be a bird dog trainer. Although it is a demanding lifestyle, being a bird dog trainer is a uniquely rewarding experience.
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To find out more about the Deutsch Kurzhaar check out: German Shorthaired Pointer – Bird Hunting Dog Profile
Last modified: August 15, 2018