Ryman-Types are Wild Bird Hunting English Setters
Rymans stand apart from other types of English setters because they were developed as, and have always been, wild bird specialists. George Ryman proved and evaluated his dogs while actually hunting wild birds. The type has been kept alive until today by breeders who did the same thing. If the Ryman-type is going to survive into the future this needs to remain the focus of breeding. Proven on wild birds genetics will result in better bird dogs. G. Ryman knew that, and serious hunters know it today as well.
Wild birds are born on the defense. From day one they either quickly learn how to evade predators or they die. They know every square foot of their territory and have to make the right move at the right time or face the consequences. They may move around a lot; for food, dusting, loafing, safety yet they must conserve their energy for when it’s really needed. They leave a little scent everywhere they travel. They make themselves hard to find, hard to pin, hard to kill.
This is in contrast to pen raised birds. Released birds have not benefited from “only the fittest survive” genetics and they don’t know where, how, or when to go, so they most often crouch down in one spot. Easy pickings, which do not require the level of skill and talent wild birds demand from the dog. Pen birds fail to test or prove the abilities and intelligence needed for a wild bird dog.
Wild bird dogs are both born and made. An intelligent pup will quickly learn to hunt and search in logical cover, how to use wind and the difference between old scent and fresh. Intelligence about birds is demonstrated as the dog learns to freeze upon first scent but then apply their learned skills of how and when to relocate to handle and pin a bird who is running for its life. The dog hunts hard and fast, yet not recklessly as that can result in a wild flush. This is the dog that we at RymanSetters.com want to hunt with, don’t you?