“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” -Will Rogers
With these words, Will Rogers pretty much sums up Brentwood’s philosophy on quail hunting and why we do it. It is a tradition on the hunts here at Brentwood that each time a new brace of dogs is being prepared to hunt, your guide will familiarize you with the breed, age and history of each dog…and usually if it is a Florida or Georgia dog!
At Brentwood we primarily us three breeds of pointing dogs and one breed of flushing and retrieving dogs:
Pointer was developed in Britain and is sometimes referred to as English Pointer. It is one of the earliest hunting breeds, used as far back as the 17th century and was brought to the United States before the Civil War and became popular in the south for hunting quail. The pointer is athletic, graceful and powerful with a lean, muscular body, noble head and a coat that is short and dense, giving it a clean streamlined appearance. The Pointer has a base color of white with markings in one of four colors, lemon, liver, black and orange.
￼English Setter was developed in England over 400 years ago in the early 15th century. Their original purpose was to set or point upland game birds. The first English setter was imported to the United States in 1874. The English Setter is an elegant and athletic hunting dog with head held proudly and a lively tail, with a mainly white body coat of medium length with long silky fringes on the back of the legs, under the belly and on the tail and ears. The coat features flecks of color known as Belton in black, orange, lemon, liver and tri-color.
German Shorthaired Pointer whose precise origin in unclear, is most likely a descendent from a breed known as the German Bird Dog, which itself is related to the old Spanish Pointer introduced to Germany in the 17th century, although the first studbook was not created until 1870. The German Shorthaired is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs that make it able to move rapidly and turn quickly. Their coat is short and flat with a dense undercoat protected by stiff guard hairs making it water resistant and allowing the dog to stay warm in cold weather. The color can be a base of liver or white with liver markings and liver ticking.
English Cocker Spaniel Although Spaniels of varying sizes have been around for centuries English Cocker Spaniels were made a specific breed in the late 19th century at the time when cocker breeds were being separated. They took their name from the job they performed, which was to hunt woodcock. The English Cocker must be able to find, flush and retrieve upland game birds for a full day of hunting. It must be small enough to penetrate dense cover, but of sufficient size to retrieve larger game. Their coats come in every color imaginable and is of medium length, silky in texture and either flat or slightly wavy with feathering on the legs, belly and ears. English Cocker Spaniels are cheerful, inquisitive, demonstrative, devoted, loyal and sensitive. They are sociable dogs that likes to perform and please their human family. As you will see from their reactions…they expect their human family to perform and please them, also!