If you want to have your new dog retrieve doves I'd train the dog on doves and what ever else you want it to retrieve. My GSPs will pick up a dove but will quickly spit them out as they were trained 100% on quail, which they retrieve great.looking at everyone's bird dogs. Just got a field bred english cocker spaniel. Will be my dove hunting dog. Will be my first hunting dog.
Good luck with that knee. Make sure you do all of your physical therapy.My Springers are not happy with me. I partially tore a ligament in my right knee muzzleloader hunting in late October and they have not chased a single bird. Hoping to get in a couple of preserve hunts in the new year.