Sporting Dog Breeds:
The Top Ten Dogs In This Group
The Sporting Group includes pointers, setters, retrievers and many
spaniels. This group of fairly active dogs is composed of a wide variety of
breeds, which were developed to aid hunters by finding, flushing out and
retrieving game. Members of this group all need a fair amount of exercise but
you dont have to be a hunter to own one of these dogs. Many breeds in this
group are usually very good with children and include the: English Setter;
Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Welsh Springer Spaniel, English Cocker
Spaniel, and Flat Coated Retriever. Dogs in this group range in size from small
dog breeds like the American Cocker Spaniel up to medium to large dog breeds
with the setters (English, Irish and Gordon) and the Weimaraner being the
largest The two most popular family dogs in the world are the Labrador
Retriever and the Golden Retriever. The top ten most popular sporting dogs in
the US are the following.
1. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are the most
popular dog in the US (#1) and one of the best family dogs in the world. The
Lab is gentle, loyal, intelligent and extremely reliable with children. These
large-sized Retrievers are not apartment dogs but can adapt well to city living
if they are given sufficient exercise. The Labrador is good natured and eager
to learn and can be easily trained to do everything from competitive obedience
and field trials to becoming a "seeing-eye" dog for the blind.
2. Golden Retriever
This Retriever is a good hunting
dog, seeing-eye dog, obedience and agility competitor, and outstanding family
dog. The extremely popular (#2) Golden is a gentle, confident and loyal dog
that is cheerful, trustworthy and responsive to training. This breed makes a
wonderful family dog that is friendly with everyone - both human and other
animals. This large-sized Retriever does very well with children but toddlers
should always be supervised as young untrained dogs can be over exuberant.
3. Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel is smaller
than its English cousin - the English Cocker Spaniel. This beautiful spaniel
has a luxurious thick and silky coat with trousered legs. This small- to
medium- sized gun dog can be used for hunting and retrieving but is extremely
popular (#15) as a companion and show dog. Cockers get along extremely well
with children and strangers and can adapt to apartment living if exercised
4. German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired is
a very athletic gun-dog that doesnt belong in the city. This large-sized dog is
loyal, intelligent and eager to learn and can be trained for field, agility and
obedience competitions. This breed is extremely popular (#20) but needs to be
challenged both mentally and physically. The breed makes a good family dog but
may be too exuberant for toddlers and small children
5. English Springer Spaniel
The cheerful medium-sized
English Springer Spaniel is the progenitor of the English hunting spaniels and
the largest of the spaniel dog breeds. These popular (#28) Spaniels make both
excellent hunting retrievers and good family dogs that get along well with
children. Some Springer bloodlines have shown some aggression and dominance so
early socialization and obedience training for males should be a priority.
The popular (#30) Weimaraner is a
large-sized hunting dog breed. This high-energy dog needs an athletic family
that can satisfy his demanding exercise requirements. The Weimaraner needs an
experienced owner who can manage and control this headstrong breed and provide
early socialization and on-going obedience training. This dog doesnt do well
with children unless it is raised with them. Weims need to live indoors and
spend a lot of time with their families. Well trained Weimaraners are a delight
but poorly trained dogs can be destructive, rambunctious, have a high prey
drive and try to dominate other dogs.
The Brittany Spaniel is an active
medium-sized dog that is intelligent, loyal and easy to train. It makes a
terrific hunting dog or family pet and requires very little grooming and does
very well with all children. This popular breed (#30) needs lots of exercise
and makes a fairly good watchdog.
The Short-haired Vizsla is a popular (#44)
medium- to large-sized hunting dog breed with an elegant bearing and strong and
muscular appearance. The Vizsla is lively, sweet, affectionate and somewhat
sensitive. This athletic, sporty and agile breed needs lots of exercise and
lots of human companionship. Vizlas must be socialized and trained early to
build confidence and prevent neurotic behaviour. This is not a city dog and it
needs to live with a very active family.
9. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chessie is the strongest
and most powerful of the sporting dogs. This large dog loves hunting but also
is a great family dog and gets along well with all children. This intelligent
breed is quite popular (#49) and somewhat distrustful of strangers and makes a
good watchdog. Chesapeakes are not city dogs and need a lot of regular exercise
and love to go swimming.
10. Irish Setter
The popular (#67) Irish is an
exuberant, happy-go-lucky, goofy, kind, charming and intelligent dog. This
breed has no aggression and welcomes everybody. These Setters can be somewhat
independent and easily distracted but are intelligent and eager to learn and
therefore can be trained fairly easily. The Irish is a superb hunting dog and
must have lots of exercise with challenging field and retrieval exercises. If
these dogs are given early obedience training, they adapt very well to older
children. However this breed is so lively and impulsive when it is young that
it could knock toddlers over.
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information on each individual dog breed.
Article written by Mike Mathews
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English Springer Spaniel -
Dog Breed Profile
The English Springer Spaniel is eager, willing,
intelligent and active. English Springer Spaniels are able to adapt to either
country or city life and make ideal family pets. They are loyal and
affectionate towards their family and make good watchdogs.
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The English Springer Spaniel
is a medium-sized sporting dog with a neat, compact body and a docked tail.
They are one of the largest of the spaniels. Their coat is moderately long and
glossy with feathering on their legs, ears, chest and brisket. Handsome and
robust, they excel in the field by flushing out game. English Springer Spaniels
make an excellent family companion as well as a good working dog. They must
have human companionship and the freedom to exercise regularly.
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The English Springer Spaniel Club -
The English Springer Spaniel Club was established in 1921 in the United
Kingdom and is known as the 'Parent' Club of the Breed. It is the first port of
call for The Kennel Club on all matters related to the English Springer