Sporting Dogs

Weimaraner

Originally bred as a gundog to handle big game like deer and bear, the Weimaraner, or “Silver Ghost,” was a highly sought-after dog breed in their native Germany. Today, these elegant but demanding dogs can still be found out on the hunting grounds. However, they can also make fine family …

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Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed was developed as a gundog to flush, or spring, game in the field. A faithful companion, they’re a favorite of discriminating hunters and families. Although they’re purebred dogs, you may find Welsh Springer Spaniels in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. If …

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Gordon Setter

Originally bred to hunt pheasant and quail, Gordon Setters are still fine hunting companions and field trial competitors. Canines of this breed also compete in obedience, conformation, and agility, and they’re terrific family companion dogs. Gordon Setters have lots of love to give to their humans, but apartment dwellers should …

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Irish Setter

Irish Setters originated as a gundogs in their native Ireland, and the dog breed‘s popularity soon spread, thanks to the beauty of their rich mahogany coat and their enthusiasm as bird dogs. They’re friendly, mischievous, and inquisitive, with high energy levels. This is a bold and boisterous family friend with …

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Irish Water Spaniel

Whether they’re splashing after ducks or showing off in the agility ring, canines of the Irish Water Spaniel dog breed do everything with a sense of fun. Created in Ireland as a water retriever, they’re rare these days but make excellent companions for active and experienced dog owners, especially if …

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Kooikerhondje

The good-natured Kooikerhondje hunting dog breed makes an affectionate family companion. Suspected to be an ancestor of the Nova Scota Duck Tolling Retriever, they hail from Holland and were used to lure ducks into traps for hunting or tagging. They still serve as hunting dogs, but also excel at other …

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Korean Jindo Dog

Originating in South Korea, the Korean Jindo Dog exhibits unmatched loyalty. They are also incredibly intelligent dogs with a knack for hunting, tricks, and even agility. Fastidious and quiet indoors, they make great household pets and companions. Jindos require strong training, patience, and plenty of long walks. However, this makes …

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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed. Historically, they earned their keep as fishermen’s helpers: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today’s Lab is as good-natured and hardworking as their ancestors, and they’re also …

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