Sporting Dog Breeds

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The sporting group comprises some of the most popular breeds, including pointers, setters, retrievers and spaniels. Both routinely in the top five breeds, the Labrador retriever and the golden retriever together account for nearly one-quarter of the more than 1 million dogs registered with the AKC every year. Alert, active and intelligent, sporting dogs have historically been used by hunters to locate, flush or retrieve game from land or water. Many sporting dogs are still used as hunting companions today, although their gentle natures and high level of trainability have also earned them the reputation of being among the best family dogs. These same traits often lead to some of these animals being recruited into service positions, either as helper dogs for the disabled or as bomb and drug sniffers for law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, the sheer popularity of some of the sporting breeds, most notably cocker spaniels but also Labrador and golden retrievers, has led to a rise in health and behavioral problems. Some indiscriminate breeders have inflamed congenital problems by careless overbreeding, and have created unstable temperaments through simple neglect. Be especially careful in finding a reputable breeder of these dogs.

American Cocker Spaniel
American Cocker Spaniel
American Water Spaniel
American Water Spaniel
Brittany
Brittany
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Clumber Spaniel
Clumber Spaniel
Curly-Coated Retriever
Curly-Coated Retriever
English Cocker Spaniel
English Cocker Spaniel
English Setter
English Setter
English Springer Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
Field Spaniel
Field Spaniel
Flat-Coated Retriever
Flat-Coated Retriever
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter
Gordon Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Setter
Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel
Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Pointer
Pointer
Spinone Italiano
Spinone Italiano
Sussex Spaniel
Sussex Spaniel
Vizsla
Vizsla
Weimaraner
Weimaraner
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon