K, thanks all, especially Fusilier - I'll check more into good Lab lines, the Springer spaniel, and the other breeds mentioned. (WHY do you like the cathoula impact - what all of my criteria do you believe that it does/has?)
But, that Vizla sounds like a great breed to fill my wants. Excellent suggestion. What are you teaching it first, pointing or retrieving? Or both at the same time? Is it closely related to the Weimareiner?