Don’t let anybody deter you from getting a bird dog. As long as you’re okay with an active dog, bird dogs can be great companions even if you don’t hunt em. I’d recommend a shorthair, biased by them for 15 years. Train them to come if nothing else. Go and watch the parents/grandparents run if you want an idea of cooperation and drive. YouTube is all you need for training. But I can’t recommend the hunting dog podcast enough. Go losten to the Justin Mcgrail episodes. Then go buy a dog.