How do german spaniel hunt?

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They hunt with a high nose, scenting the air as a pointer does when game is far away, but they will put their nose to the ground like a hound to follow foot scent when game is close. Unlike hounds they can be called off a trail and will return to their master.
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Traditionally used to hunt waterfowl in or near water, the Pont-Audemer Spaniel is known as a 'Setter', a type of hunting dog that 'sets' or crouches down when they spot their prey. The hunter notices them standing completely still and will then usually flush the prey out themselves.
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GSDs can be trained to hunt birds. German Shepherd duck hunting is also a possible application for GSD hunting dogs. However, you should only train your GSD to retrieve the carcasses of ducks or other birds, as the sheer size and power of your GSD can result in mangled or mutilated game.
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Well, they just approved to run AKC spaniel hunt tests and only a cynic would broach that it might be because they fared so poorly in AKC retriever tests, which is how they're qualified…
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The German Spaniel loves his work and can be an aggressive hunter, so training may be necessary to control his instincts if you plan to keep him as a family pet. These dogs need a firm and consistent hand in leadership when it comes to training, though they may not respond well to harsh training methods.
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German Spaniels are not the most playful dog breed. English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds… German Spaniels are average watchdogs.
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German Spaniel Temperament

He loves playing games and spending time outdoors with his family. Generally, he does well with children he is raised with but will be a bit hesitant with children he does not know.
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No. German Shepherds are a guard/herding breed.

If you want a hunting dog, find a breed bred specifically not only for hunting, but for the kind of hunting you want to do.

They could probably be trained, but why train when other breeds have it in their DNA?

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