Tag: Sporting Dog Breeds

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Overview Even though his origins are in France, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was actually created by a Dutchman. There was a need for a hardy, close by hunting gundog that could help point out game. Many Griffon-type dogs were interbred to create a breed …

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel Overview Red and white colored hunting dogs have long had a popular place in the British Isles. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is actually a close cousin to other breeds such as the Cocker Spaniel and English Springer Spaniel. They were once all considered “cocking spaniels” …

Weimaraner

  Weimaraner Overview The Weimaraner is an elegant and popular breed, dating back to the time of royalty in Germany. They were originally called the Weimar Pointer, and were used to hunt game such as bear, wolves and large cats. The breed adapted when hunting birds became more …

Vizsla

Vizsla Overview The Vizsla has its origins with the Magyar, a nomadic tribe that traveled around present-day Hungary. The dogs worked as both hunters and companions and were believed to be a mix of Transylvanian Hound and Turkish Yellow Dog. As the breed progressed, Pointers were added to …

Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano Overview An all-Italian breed, the Spinone Italiano has been used as a gundog in Italy since ancient times. The breed is renowned for its great tracking and scenting abilities conjoined with a soft mouth for retrieval. The breed also excels in cold or wet conditions due to …

Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel Overview Named after their origin, the Sussex Spaniel hails from Sussex, England. They were designed as hunters of small game, slow and steady and able to work in any and all conditions. The breed has both spaniel and hound heritage, and will scent on trails like …

Stabyhoun

  Stabyhoun Overview The Stabyhoun has been a part of the Dutch Friesland since the 1600s. The breed was expected to have a well-rounded temperament in order to complete the many jobs he was assigned as a hunter, watchdog, and pet. The breed’s name actually translates to “stand-by-me …

Small Munsterlander

Small Munsterlander Overview The Munsterlander can trace its origins back over 500 years in the region of Munster, Germany. They were a popular breed for bird hunting, and breeders were always interested in furthering the breed to excel at scenting and tracking. The Munsterlander is related to its larger …

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel Overview The English Springer Spaniel is another field hunting breed that gets its name from its “Springing” action of hunting. They were bred to flush game out of cover for hunters. Springers are the largest of this group of dog, with Field Spaniels and Cocker …

Portuguese Pointer

Portuguese Pointer Overview The Portuguese Pointer stems from the same lines as other Iberian hunting dogs. He has a long history as a royal bird dog, but quickly became popular as a hunting dog for those outside of royalty. The Pointer was also brought onto Portuguese ships and …

Pointer

Pointer Overview Pointers were developed to help alert the hunter to the location of prey. Breed ancestors may include Foxhounds, Bloodhounds and Greyhounds, although exact ancestry is not known. The breed is known for “pointing out” where prey is, and where the name comes from.   Pointer Characteristics …

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Overview This dog breed was developed in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the early 19th century. The idea behind the Nova Scotia was to create a dog that hunted ducks in the same manner as a fox. Bred for hunting, the dogs’ playful actions lure curious …

Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo Overview The curly coated dogs of the water have been around Italy for a long time. They hunted and worked around the marshes of Romangna, giving them the name Lagotto Romagnolo, or “duck dog”. As water hunting decreased in popularity, the dogs were instead used to …

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Overview The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular and loved breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was started when dogs from Newfoundland came to England, retrieving nets and fowl in the icy waters of their homeland. The English were delighted at their ease in …

Kooikerhondje

Kooikerhondje Overview The Kooikerhondje is a spaniel type dog from the Netherlands designed for hunting. They get their name after the kooi, or a trap used to catch ducks. The breed would herd the ducks toward traps to be caught. They feature a feathery brown and white coat would …

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter Overview Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and …

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