The Sporting Dog

The Sporting dog is an extremely energetic, fun and full of life breed.  I am hooked on the Labrador retriever but any dog in this group of dogs will make wonderful pets.  These dogs are breed to hunt bird and small game.  They are the retrievers, pointers, setters and spaniels breeds of present day.  These dogs discover, flush and retrieve game birds in the field and marshlands.  They are eager to please their human partners and it is this loyalty that makes the sporting dog an incredible companion.

According to the American Kennel Club the list of sporting dogs are:

  • American Water Spaniel
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Brittany
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • English Setter
  • 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
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Pointer
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Training a sporting dog for hunting is an involved process which trains the dog by vocal and hand signals eventually training the dog to work on his own in the field on in the water.  Training a sporting dog for obedience and other duties to help humans is easier than some breeds.  Their eagerness to work and please make them excellent guide and helper dogs.