The Sporting Life - II


Cast Brass Bird Dog Sculpture Finished with a Verdigris Bronze Patina (LEO Design)


What makes a good bird dog?  First and foremost: obedience and an eagerness to please.  A natural desire to retrieve is a must. They need to be athletic, have stamina, and be good in the water.  A good nose is important.  And a "soft mouth" means that they will inflict minimal damage on the retrieved game.

Traditionally, the best breeds have been "Retrievers" (naturally): Labradors and Golden.  Spaniels, Pointers and Vizslas are also good.  But, at the end of the day, the best bird dog will be the one who enjoys the activity and is compliant, obedient and willing to perform.

The brass bird dog, shown above, is finished with a red-mottled verdigris patina.  Let him sit on your desk—waiting for the next great outing in the damp.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this handsome dog.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248