How to shoot over your dog

Over the past couple of months we have looked at taking your gundog into the beating line or being part of a picking-up team, but the ultimate for any gundog handler has to be shooting over your dog. It isn’t easy and not for the faint-hearted, but these guidelines should help.…

Brittany spaniel

Rule Brittany

France and England may be separated only by a narrow stretch of water, but the difference in our shooting culture could hardly be more different. Shooting is hugely popular throughout France, but the French word used to describe it — la chasse — neatly sums up our continental cousins’ approach.…

Continental pointers in action

It was over 25 years ago when I first saw an HPR (hunt, point, retrieve) pointer working. I was photographing a spring pointing test and the dog was a German shorthaired pointer called “Basil.” I can clearly remember him casting out over a field of winter wheat, he was running…

Coast the Hungarian vizsla becomes dual champion

Hungarian Vizsla: Essex-based Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey JW (also known as Coast) has become the first gundog of its breed to be recognised as a dual champion for its working and show abilities.

Gundog breeds: Why buy a Weimaraner?

Weimaraner: These distinctive German dogs are often misunderstood but, in the right hands, the Weimaraner can be excellent gundogs.

The vanishing Weimaraner

The vanishing Weimaraner

Intelligent, strong and agile, the Weimaraner was once thought to be about to eclipse the Labrador, so why, asks Heidi Sands, have they fallen so far out of favour?

Hare coursing charges brought against famous pair

Sir Mark Prescott, the Newmarket racehorse trainer, and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, are to face charges at Scarborough magistrates court in November relating to alleged hare coursing.

Changing faces of gundogs

Would an Edwardian gentleman recognise the gundogs of today? Paul Rawlings considers the influences and changes to our gundog breeds over the past century