Sporting dog breeds or the Gundogs  as they are also known make for energetic and eager companions, whether out on the hunt or playing.

Sporting Dog Breeds


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It is no exaggeration to say these are the athletes of the dog world, all 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 and some have particular duties in the field: Pointers and Setters locate the game, Spaniels flush the game out into the open and Retrievers claim the game that has been killed.

Sporting dogs are bred to work away from their companion human and generally combine intelligence with a biddable, eager to please and playful personality, which is why so many sporting dog breeds make such great family dogs. They are enthusiastic trainers and generally have very even temperaments.

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.

American Cocker Spaniel

American Water Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel


Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Clumber Spaniel

Curly Coated Retriever

English springer Spaniel

Field Spaniel

Flat Coated Retriever

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

Golden Retriever

Gordon Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Setter

Lagotto Romagnolo

Labrador Retriever

Irish Water Spaniel


Nova Scotia Duck-tolling Retriever

Sussex Spaniel

Spinone Italiano



Welsh Springer Spaniel

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Viszla

English Cocker Spaniel

English Setter

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