AKC Sporting Dogs ~ The Breeds
|Sporting Group General Information
The American Kennel Club classifies dog breeds into groups - and the Sporting Group includes some of the most well known breeds of dogs, such as Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers. Dogs in this group were bred to work with hunters, both in the field and in water. Often referred to as gundogs and bird dogs, dogs in this classification are grouped into the kind of work they do: pointers, retrievers, spaniels and setters.
The group is characterized by dogs that are high energy, alert, friendly and excellent companions. All of the purebred dogs in this group have a natural talent for hunting. Many of these dogs were originally bred to work with hunters before firearms were in common use.
Spaniels, in this group, are used to help the hunter flush out birds. They are able to retrieve small game. The breed names of Spaniels in the Sporting Group are the American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, and the Welsh Springer Spaniel.
Retrievers do just what their name says ~ they retrieve game (usually birds) after shooting. The breed names of Retrievers in the Sporting Group are the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly-Coated Retriever, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Pointers, like Retrievers, are named for their actions. They point out the game to the hunter. The breed names of Pointers in the Sporting Group are the Brittany, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Pointer, Spinone Italiano, Vizsla, Weimaraner, and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
Setters are some of the oldest breeds in this group, and were developed to work with hunters using falcons and nets, before the advent of guns. These dogs went into a crouch, also called a set, to indicate that they found a bird. The breed names of Setters in the Sporting Group are the English Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, and the Irish Setter.
|This breed directory page features dog breeds that are members of the AKC Sporting Group.
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