Newell: Shiloh Shepherd for Rabbit Hunting?
My Dad died. I inherited some money. Not as much as I would like. I decided I wasn't going to pay mortgage/rent. I bought (outright) a house I could afford. Well, what I could afford was a 780 square foot (big as a broomcloset) house in a LOUSY part of Los Angeles (Echo Park). So my first purchases were 1) Flood Lights 2) Burglar Bars 3) Burglar Doors 4) Burglar Alarm 5) Fence 6) Big Dog from the pound.
Well, the pound saw me coming. They unloaded a worthless dog on me. I should have gotten a Pit Bull, but Allstate Homeowner's won't let you own one. I should have gotten a German Shepherd. But I didn't. A normal German Shepherd weighs 85 pounds, but it has a natural guarding instinct. I figured bigger was better, when you are in the high crime ghetto. The pound told me to get this 120 pound German Shepherd called a "Shiloh Shepherd." They only breed HUGE shepherds to HUGE Shepherds. but in the process, they breed OUT all the desirable German Shepherd traits, like guarding. This dog is a big sissy. And dumb. He wags his tail at everyone. He won't sleep out side and guard the house. He whines. He sleeps in my bedroom, and whimpers and cringes and goes to me for comfort if he hears sirens or the helicopter (which we do all the time) . Not exactly a dog for the "hood,".
Anyway, I found this area in the Angeles National Forest that has A LOT of Jack Rabbits. Which are open season ALL YEAR LONG. A ranger told me about it. The problem is, you need a dog to flush the rabbits out, so you can shoot them. I was thinking of going up there with my inherited Savage Fox BSE 20 guage double barrel. I was wondering. Should I even BOTHER taking my dog up to see if I can hunt with it? Or do you need a dog specifically bred for hunting like a Beagle or a Weimeraner?
We are not required to wear orange vests while hunting in California. I think that is a back east kind of thing.
You say people don't hunt with shotguns. And you claim to know something about guns. Interesting.
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Answer by irishslyeyes
First of all, why didn't you do your research when buying a dog?! Now you have this dog that you're so very obviously rethinking your situation (SURPRISE SURPRISE!!). Either take this dog through training, or rehome him and DO NOT GET ANOTHER DOG! People like you shouldn't own dogs to begin with, anyway. Dogs are not house alarms, or bodyguards.
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