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Bred to assist hunters on land or in water

English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The English Cocker Spaniel has a long breeding history. Described in 1677 as dogs with "active feet, wanton tail, and busy nostrils",...
English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Early spaniels were named according to their size and the jobs they did. The smallest were Cocker Spaniels, mid-sized were Field Spaniels,...
Flat Coated Retriever Breed Description

Flat Coated Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History In the mid to late 1800s, S.E. Shirley produced a close-working gun dog he called the Flat Coated Retriever. Crossed from a...
Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History In the mid-1800s, the English preferred black Retrievers, but Sir Dudley Majoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) decided to develop a golden coloured wavy-coated...
Gordon Setter Breed Description

Gordon Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The Gordon Setter is a descendant of the setting spaniels that were popular in 15th century Scotland. The black and tan setting...
Irish Setter Breed Description

Irish Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The origin of the Irish Setter is uncertain. As the breed gained popularity in the early 19th century, Irish Setters came in...
Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The Setter is a specialized bird-hunting dog that flushes prey then remains still so the hunter can shoot the birds without...
Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History One of two breeds originating in North America, the Labrador Retriever is possibly descended from native dogs that interbred with those...
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Bred specifically to look like and imitate foxes, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever came from a combination of breeds including...
Vizsla

Smooth Vizsla

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The Vizsla is one the oldest sporting and birding dogs, documented as early as the mid-13th century. Used by the nomadic...
Weimaraner

Weimaraner

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History A truly exclusive breed, the Weimaraner was created by the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar, Germany, as an all-purpose gun...
Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Like English Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels, the Welsh Springer Spaniel comes from mixed birding-bred spaniel stock common to Europe...
Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is an ancient hunting breed popular in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries. This...
Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Around 1870, a Dutchman named Korthals decided to create a sporting dog that could compete with English gun dogs. Beginning with...
German Short-Haired pointer

German Short-Haired Pointer

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History When game hunting was opened to the general populace in the 1800s, people wanted an all-round hunting dog that could take...
German Wire-Haired Pointer

German Wire-Haired Pointer

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History While several types of gundog existed in late 19th century Germany, hunters wanted an even more rugged breed. It is believed that...
Curly-Coated Retriever Puppies Canada

Curly-Coated Retriever

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality Gentle and even-tempered, the Curly-Coated Retriever is also loyal and protective of his family. While he can be a bit reserved with...
English Setter

English Setter

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The name English Setter comes from the practice of “setting”, a game bird hunting style that involves the dog stealthily creeping up...
American Cocker Spaniel Puppies Canada

American Cocker Spaniel

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: Personality A well bred American Cocker Spaniel has a sweet easy-going temperament. He is happy, trusting and intelligent, easy to train and good...
Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History Water spaniels have been used in Ireland for centuries to retrieve waterfowl felled by hunters. In the 1930s, Irishman Justin McCarthy bred...

Lagotto Romagnolo

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History The history of the Lagotto Romagnolo dates back to 16th century Italy, where these water dogs were used for hunting waterfowl...
German Long-Haired Pointer

German Long-Haired Pointer

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History A rare breed in North America, the German Long-haired Pointer has long been a favourite sporting dog in its native country. Originally...
Wire-Haired Vizsla

Wire-Haired Vizsla

Exercise: Grooming: Appearance: History A dog of Hungarian origin, the Wire-Haired Vizsla was developed through the early to mid-1900s by breeding the Vizsla and the...