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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Viszla

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The American Cocker Spaniel like its English cousin is gentle and loves to show affection, discover more about this breed and the differences between American and English Cocker Spaniels.

The American Water  Spaniel is a busy friendly little dog, making n excellent hunter and companion. They  love to play in the water. Great for outdoors active owners.

Boykin Spaniel


Clumber Spaniel

Curly Coated Retriever

The English Cocker Spaniel is widely loved for its gentle temperament and the devotion they give to their owner, it is no  surprise why they are so popular. Find out more about this sociable breed

For Huntin’, Shootin’, Fishin’ or just Playin’ Hard.

Sporting Dog Breeds

English Setter

The English Springer Spaniel is renowned for its energetic and friendly approach to life and likes to be busy all day. Discover more about this great breed  here.

Field Spaniel

Flat Coated Retriever

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

Golden Retrievers are very popular dogs loved for their sweet and gentle dispositions.

Gordon Setter

American Cocker Spaniel Labrador Retriever Weimerarner Welsh Springer Spaniel Vizsla Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Brittany Clumber Spaniel Curly Coated Retriever English Cocker spaniel English Setter English Springer Spaniel Field Spaniel Flat coated Retriever Golden Retriever Gordon Setter German Shorthaired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer Irish Red And White Setter Irish Setter nova scotia duck tolling retriever spinone italiano

Sporting dog breeds or the Gundogs  as they are also known make for energetic and eager companions, whether out on the hunt or playing .This useful guide is a great intro to this fun group.

It is no exaggeration to say they are the athletes of the dog world, all dogs 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.

Sporting dog breeds come in 4 main flavours: Retrievers, Pointers, Setters and Spaniels.

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.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a strong, active and courageous dog that will defend you with its life. If you love outdoor adventure and playing about on the water this is the fella’ for you.

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Lagotto Romagnolo

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Setter

Lagotto Romagnolo

The Labrador Retriever is loved everywhere,   rugged and hardworking that belies a joyous “Peter Pan” puppy playfulness, The Labrador makes for a  devoted and   affectionate companion.

Irish Water Spaniel


Nova Scotia duck Tolling Retriever

Sussex Spaniel

Spinone Italiano


They work silently and often alone ahead of their companion human and display qualities of eager enthusiasm for play and work, combined with intelligence and a biddable eager to please personality that makes many of the sporting dog breeds such great family dogs, even though these days most often the only hunting we are likely to do is for the TV remote behind the sofa .

Whilst it is fair to say that any one of these sporting dog breeds will take full advantage offered by a nice snooze by the fire after a good day out in the woods , if you are looking for a dog that is content to sit around all day blowing bubbles then these guys are not for you .

A large proportion of these dogs are now owned purely as companions and nothing typifies the qualities required for family living better than that of the Labrador Retriever, the most popular dog by a long way in both the USA and the UK.

Sporting Dog Breeds

Official American Kennel Club  Sporting Group List- follow links for detailed breed info- dogs not to scale.

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