"In years gone by the foot hunter was forced to work dogs that had been bred for hundreds of years to run big, namely English Setters & Pointers, and break them down into a medium ranging dog in order to have a hunting companion that had sufficient drive, stamina, intensity, and enough general bird finding ability to be called “a good bird dog”. There are many predictable problems that are inherent with doing this; the frequent missing dog that is genetically predisposed to extreme ranging leaving you to wait for his return 15 minutes later. And of course the dog that won’t retrieve unless force broken. .
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many Setters & Pointers that make outstanding foot hunting dogs. I have owned many extraordinary Setters myself , but there are other choices and personally I believe a much better choice is the Braque Francais. Many of us have conceded that in some parts of the country if we want to bird hunt, preserve hunting is all we have available. It is simply the only game in town. As a hunter who has been guiding at a number of these preserves for more years than I care to admit, the best dog for this type of hunting is without question the Braque Francais. During my lifetime I’ve been involved with training most of the popular hunting breeds there are but I’ve never seen dogs as easy to train as a Braque Francais."