Sporting Dog Breeds Are Ideal For People Who Love The Outdoors Life
Sporting dog breeds are also known as Gundogs. Whether you are out hunting, fishing or just enjoying the great outdoors You are sure to love the enthusiastic companionship provided by any of the dogs in this group.
It is no exaggeration to say Sporting dog breeds are the athletes of the canine world. All the breeds within this group were bred to help man hunt with a gun. Some breeds such as the Irish Water Spaniel are all rounder’s, while some have particular duties in the field.
American Cocker Spaniel, American Water Spaniel ,Boykin Spaniel, Brittany, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat Coated Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Irish Red & White Setter, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Lagotto Romagnolo, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Pointer, Spinone Italiano, Sussex Spaniel, Hungarian Vizsla, Weimeramer, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Wirehaired Vizsla
Sporting dog breeds come in 4 main flavours: Retrievers, Pointers, Setters and Spaniels.
- Pointers and Setters work in front of the hunt and locate the game, pointers in particular remain bolt upright and have that trade mark rigid one leg up pose. Setters often crouch down when in the vicinity of discovered game, thereby leading hunters to the spot.
- Spaniels move the game, either by flushing birds into the air or rooting out mammals to leave their shelter and run across open country.
- Retrievers claim the game once it has been killed, they have great scenting abilities to quickly locate their quarry and retrieve it from the roughest of terrain or most difficult cover.
Sporting dogs are bred to work away from their companion human and generally combine intelligence with a friendly and playful personality. This is why so many sporting dog breeds make such great family dogs. Sporting dogs are also enthusiastic and biddable which makes training a cinch and they generally have very even temperaments which make a number of them ideal candidates for people who have never owned a dog before
A large proportion of these breeds are now owned purely as companions and nothing typifies the qualities required for harmonious family living better than that of the Labrador Retriever, the most popular dog by a long way in both the USA and the UK.
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