In our appointment with the column dedicated to follow-up dogs, today I decided to compare two worlds apparently so distant but in reality united by a single red thread: followed and stopped. What can a hound and a setter have in common? What can make the search for a hare and that of a woodcock so close: the answer is simple: emotions. Because hunting with the dog, regardless of the wild game sought, makes hunting equally rich in charm. And that is why those who have tried both can only choose the one that best suits their soul, their vocation, but will always recognize that the emotions experienced through both are equally unique and unrepeatable. So speaks Simone Pegoraro, of a hound family tradition but who over the years has approached the world of setters.
“I state that the world of following in the family has always been the most popular dog subject until the moment of my arrival in the field of the pointing dog and more specifically of the English setter. Having said that, the outings with my father and my uncle to chase hares in the hills were really exciting; hearing the hounds chasing this beautiful wild in such a characteristic environment gave me beautiful emotions, even though I was not yet so experienced and aware to be able to really understand everything that was happening. Over the years, the dog talk became more and more familiar and I began to chew on morphology, genetics and everything related to the real dog environment; therefore the outings with the aforementioned auxiliaries had a totally different charm as it was not only a hunt closed in on itself, but I was really beginning to understand and know how to share the work of the dogs together with the most "experts", a fundamental element for achieving the purpose of a dog hunter. Thanks to the passion that has been transmitted to me, I have embarked on my way to the way of the pointing dog, considering it more in keeping with my canons.
I started out of pure curiosity and attraction towards the breed of the English setter, and thanks to the humility of knowing how to listen to people much more competent in the field, I embarked on what was my journey with these beautiful animals.
I think that between the two worlds, tracking dogs and pointing dogs, apart from the substantial differences in the type of hunting that makes them so different, there are no big differences, absurdly, because the difference is made by the love for that type of hunting. and for that type of breed, not for the passion that the dog hunter puts to reach the goal. Clearly it is difficult to compare the English setter to a hound of any type, either because of the difference in the specific use of the dog or because of its typicality. And this applies to all breeds with their characteristics, those who chase a hare or those who stop a woodcock will be able to give us unique and hard to forget emotions. "