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Popular Dog Groups - Gundogs




Gundogs (Sporting Dogs)

As their name suggests this group are eager participants in the pursuit and retrieval of game.Over the years they have been bred to retrieve, in water or on land, or to "set" , "flush" or "point" the game for the hunter.
Generally gun dogs hunt by scent usually airborne not ground scent. They fall into four broad categories although their skills often overlap: -

Retrievers are dogs that find and return game to the hunters.Some Retrievers are especially equipped, for instance with a water-repellent coat and webbed feet, for retrieving downed waterfowl.
Retrievers were bred primarily to retrieve birds or other prey and return them to the hunter without damage. Although spaniels and some pointing breeds routinely retrieve game, and many retrievers are skilled in finding game, retrievers are distinguished in that non-slip retrieval is their primary function. As a result, retriever breeds are bred for soft mouths and a great willingness to please, learn, and obey. A soft mouth refers to the willingness of the dog to carry game in its mouth without biting into it an essential when retrieving game for eating.
The retriever's eagerness to please and its ability fo be trained has made retrievers such as the Labrador Retreiver and Golden Retriever extremely popular as pets and assistance dogs

Pointers have a breed history that dates back to the early 17th. century they were bred to stand in front of their quarry, with their nose and body rigidly still , thus directing (or pointing) the hunter to its location.
Pointers have a high energy level and will invariably be thinking about hunting or tracking. They can be extremely friendly, love to cuddle, play with other pets, and enjoy the company of other humans, young or old. They are usually independent, loyal, and a responsive breed--they take instructions easily and areusually extremely intelligent.

Setters are dogs that were originally trained to set, or crouch, in front of the quarry preventing escape . Originally the hunter would make the capture with the use of a net. Today it is more likely to be a gun, hence the name has evolved from Sporting Dogs to Gundogs.

Flushing Spaniels. Spaniel is a type of gun dog first used in the British Isles during Caesar’s invasion (54-55 BC). It is thought spaniels originated from Spain (hence the name). Spaniels were originally bred to flush game out of dense brush. Later, in the late 17th.century spaniels had become specialised into water and land breeds and their role was further changed by the advent of guns, from somewhat all-pupose roles of retrieving, flushing, setting and springing of game to that of a more specialsed gun dog.
Spaniels are generally small dogs with long coats and drop ears.

Some of the dog breeds that fall within this grouping.

  • English Setter
  • German Pointers
  • Gordon Setter
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Irish (Red) Setter
  • Pointer
    (German Longhaired)
  • Pointer
    (German Shorthaired)
  • Retriever
    (Curly Coated)
  • Retriever (Flat Coated)
  • Retriever (Golden)
  • Retriever (Labrador)
  • Spaniel (Clumber)
  • Spaniel (Cocker)
  • Spaniel
    (English Springer)
  • Spaniel
    (Welsh Springer)
  • Spaniel
    (American Cocker)
  • Spaniel (Irish Water)
  • Spaniel (Sussex)
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Weimaraner


Gundogs invariably make good companions and ideal family pets, they are intelligent, sociable, good with both people and other dogs and easy to train but they do require lots of exercise (open spaces are useful , you walk 2 miles they run 10).
Most Gundogs have "soft mouths",essential when retrieving game) and love playing with, chewing and chasing toys. They are ideal pet for active families and are tolerant of children.