The Sporting Group Breeds

If you enjoy an active outdoorsy lifestyle, one of the breeds in the Sporting Group might be a good match for you. These dogs were bred for hunting purposes and thus have a need for daily, vigorous exercise in order to be content, ideal companions. The breeds that make up this group often enjoy activities such as retrieving and swimming. You’ll find an assortment of Retrievers, Spaniels, Pointers and Setters in this group of dogs.

American Water Spaniel  

American Water Spaniel

The American Water Spaniel, currently recognized as the state dog of Wisconsin. This breed is quite skilled, its relatively small build notwithstanding. It has a long, powerful muzzle suitable for carrying quarry, tough legs that are fit for swimming, and a tail that is often used to steer while in the water. Its wavy or curly coat and dense undercoat provide protection from weather and water, as well as thorny cover.

 

boykin spaniel  

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel is recognized as the state dog of South Carolina. It is an excellent hunting and retrieving dog. Sporting a spaniel-like head and a typically waterproof curly coat, the Boykin spaniel has curly ears set high on its head and dark brown eyes that are shaped well-apart.

 

Brittany Spaniel  

Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany is a compact, leggy dog originally bred to hunt. He makes an excellent pointing bird dog because of his keen sense of smell. Aside from the Britanny’s exceptional nose, his excellent working ability account for his popularity.

 

Chesapeake Bay Retriever  

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a powerful, hearty dog with a distinctive, wavy coat. The breed excels in guarding, tracking, retrieving, and hunting.

 

Clumber Spaniel  

Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is a dog that is well-balanced and strongly-boned for its massive size. It is a gentle, loving and loyal breed; a perfect companion dog for children. It is loyal to its owner and family and has the personality of wanting to please.

 

Cocker Spaniel  

Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a small and solidly-built dog breed that is known for its long ears and its beautiful dark eyes. They are relatively easy to train, extremely affectionate, and get along with other pets very well. Because of these features, they are still one of the most popular breeds of dog.

 

Curly-Coated Retriever  

Curly-Coated Retriever

The Curly-Coated Retriever is is very confident and affectionate with its owner and family and somewhat reserved around strangers, thus requiring early socialization. It is not a breed for novice dog owners. It is also thought to be the oldest spaniel breed, has a natural affinity for water and loves to swim.

 

Field Spaniel  

Field Spaniel

The Field Spaniel is a tad bit heavier and longer in body as compared to the Cocker. While much rarer in the United States than the Cocker Spaniel, they actually make quite good pets. The Field Spaniel is highly independent, mild, loving and sweet though quite energetic.

 

Flat Coated Retriever  

Flat Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a strong and muscular dog that has a long solid head, dark and intelligent eyes, a black nose, small yet floppy ears. Dogs of this breed are excellent swimmers and hunters, with their uncanny sense of smell. They make fantastic family dogs with their consistently upbeat and happy disposition.

 

German Shorthaired Pointer  

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a bit smaller than the standard Pointer dog. Dogs of this breed are highly intelligent and easily trainable. They are very loving and loyal to their family.

 

German Wirehaired Pointer  

German Wirehaired Pointer

The most striking characteristic of the German Wirehaired Pointer is its coat which is resistant to almost any type of weather. This breed is loyal to its owner, loves performing tasks, and is able to retrieve in both land and water.

 

Golden Retriever  

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a relatively modern breed, though it has quickly become one of the most popular of all time. Much of this is due to the fact that they are highly intelligent, easy to train, extremely tolerant of children and overwhelmingly affectionate.

 

Gordon Setter  

Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter is a sturdily built, well muscled breed that projects capability of working tirelessly in the field with its master. Originally bred as bird dog, the Gordon is an excellent family dog because of its loyalty and protective instincts.

 

Irish Setter  

Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is energetic, affectionate, intelligent, high-spirited, and full of energy. They have an excellent sense of smell, are extremely swift, and hardy over any terrain and in any climate.

 

Irish Water Spaniel  

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniels have extraordinary webbed feet that greatly assist them in swimming. They are highly intelligent, and generally pleasant but can also be stubborn. They are not for first time dog owners.

 

Labrador Retriever  

Labrador Retriever

Labs are intelligent, responsible, and protective and often employed to guide the blind and other persons with disabilities. They are one of the most popular breeds of dogs because they are affectionate but laid back, easy to train and great with kids.

 

nova scotia duck trolling retriever  

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Boykin Spaniel is recognized as the state dog of South Carolina. It is an excellent hunting and retrieving dog. Sporting a spaniel-like head and a typically waterproof curly coat, the Boykin spaniel has curly ears set high on its head and dark brown eyes that are shaped well-apart.

 

english pointer  

Pointer

The Pointer is an independent breed with strong hunting instincts and is one of the most popular hunting dogs. It is too active to keep as an apartment dog and may be too energetic for young kids.

 

Spinone Italiano  

Spinone Italiano

The Spinone Italiano has a great personality and a mild temperament. It needs a good amount of guidance and training to bring out its great potential as a hunting companion. It is, however, a devoted and agreeable dog that is rarely noisy, and usually gets along with children, other dogs, and even other pets.

 

Sussex Spaniel  

Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a strong dog watchdog with several skills in tracking, hunting, and endurance games. This breed makes a sweet and devoted pet. It is steady, calm, and generally gets along with other dogs

 

Vizsla  

Vizsla

Vizslas are hunting dogs and true to their name, they are alert and responsive. They make extraordinary family pets or hunting dogs as they are quite friendly, affectionate and loyal. Training a Vizsla is very easy due to its natural intelligence and eagerness to please.

 

Weimaraner  

Weimaraner

Friendly yet assertive, obedient yet headstrong, fearless yet sensitive - this is the Weimaraner. They have higher than average energy levels and may not be appropriate for families with small children due to saftey concerns.

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel  

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a popular choice as a family pet due to its good-natured disposition and natural bonding with the whole family especially the children. It is also friendly and quite playful with other household pets.

 

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon  

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is very people oriented making it a wonderful family pet. It is easy to train, clearly manifesting a quick and intelligent mind. It is also friendly, trustworthy and outgoing. Devotion to its owners and the willingness to please is evident in its actions.

 

 

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