Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are (at least) two ways to answer this question.
One way compares breed characteristics. Breed characteristics are generalities that will hold true in many cases, but there can be much variation within each breed, and the breeds will overlap in many characteristics. A second way to answer this question compares the selection and breeding regime that has been applied to make the current dogs. Much of the variation among individuals within breeds is due to selection for different working traits (or no selection at all).

A proviso...
Of course I (Jake) think that the Cesky Fousek is the best breed of hunting dog for me. I wouldn't have spent a lot of time and money bringing the breed to New Zealand if I didn't love the breed and was happy to settle for another breed. So the below should be read with that bias in mind. However, the "for me" part above is important. Different people hunt in different ways and want different things in a hunting dog. The below is designed to guide you in considering whether a Fousek might be the best breed of dog for you. Forgive me if I offend your favourite breed of dog.

Comparison of breed characteristics
The Fousek is a continental pointer and versatile hunting dog that will search for game and point it when found. After the shot it will search for fallen game and will track running or swimming cripples, including following blood tracks of large game. It will then retrieve the game when found. This distinguishes it from flushing breeds like most spaniels and from specialist breeds that largely point or retrieve.

This leaves the Cesky Fousek in the company of a fairly large number of continental pointing breeds with a similar skill set, such as the German Shorthair (GSP), German Wirehair (GWP), Weimeraner, Vizsla, Munsterlander, Pudelpointer, etc.

There are some obvious physical differences between the breeds. The Fousek is a largish (28-34 kg), strong dog, with a warm wiry coat. This makes it much better for cold, wet conditions than smaller dogs, or those with short hair and thin skin. Of course, this means they overheat more easily and have less stamina in hot conditions.

In general Fouseks are calmer than breeds such as the GSP and Weimeraner. You can have a hard working dog with a strong hunting desire, without it driving you crazy at home or in the car. I personally have very little tolerance for psychotic, hyperactive or whiny and barking dogs.

Fouseks are better at tracking...

Recent selection and breeding programs

In a small country like New Zealand, it is important to consider also that while a breed might be exactly what you want overseas (perhaps where you came from), the breeding done here might result in different dogs.

If you want a hard running pointer for field trialing, you are better to go with a breed such as an English pointer, English setter or German Shorthair with a recent field trialing background.
If you want a specialist retriever to break ice and do multiple markings and 300 m retrieves through big waves across a windswept lake, you are better to get a Chesapeake or a Labrador from genuine hunting or trialing background.

If on the other hand, you want a hard working hunting dog that is cooperative and easy to train and will search, point, track and retrieve while hunting and not make you crazy at home, then a Fousek might be for you.