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Sporting Dogs

Sporting dogs are quite lively and full of spirit. They need a lot of exercise and will excel in field activities.  The Sporting Dog is often referred to as a gun dog or a bird dog.

Sporting Dogs are friendly, lively and loyal dogs full of spirit. They are gentle and affectionate with children.

Sporting dogs were developed as superior hunting dogs and to work closely with the hunter as well as other dogs in the field. Sporting dog classification is used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scent hunters and their quarry is primarily game birds.

Pointers, setters, retrievers, and spaniels are all sporting breeds. Pointers stand with nose and body rigidly still in front of their quarry, thus directing the hunter to its location. The setters were originally trained to set, or crouch, in front of game, the hunter then making the capture with a net. As bird shooting became popular, setters were trained to point. Retrievers find and return killed game to the hunter. Land spaniels spring, or flush, game, i.e., they startle a bird from its cover into flight. Water spaniels and many retrievers are especially equipped, as with a water-repellent coat and webbed feet, for retrieving downed waterfowl.

Sporting dog breeds are bred to bond closely with man as well as other dogs, many of the Sporting dogs make exceptional pets. The Labrador Retriever is one of the most famous and favorite family pet. Like it, many of the Sporting Dog breeds are gentle and affectionate with children. Most will get along well with other pets, though there are a few that can’t be trusted around small animals.

An energetic companion, they love playing with their family outdoors. Sporting Dogs are hunting dogs that are renowned for working closely with hunters and other dogs in the field. Some of the best known are the Labrador Retriever, Pointer, Spaniel, and Setter. Sporting dogs are popularly called gun dogs. Hunting dog training, backed by years of breeding was used to produce a prize bird dog, and other types game-dogs. The popular Pointer, Spaniel, Retriever, and the Setter are just some of the results. Gun dogs have strong water and nature instincts and they excel in field activities. This group of dogs are known to make exceptional pets. Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. Remarkable for their instincts in water and woods, many of these breeds actively continue to participate in hunting and other field activities. Potential owners of Sporting dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorating exercise.

As a general rule, they love playing with their family and tend to be affectionate and gentle with children. They are also lively and very energetic and enjoy physical activity, either on land or in the water.


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