Sporting Dogs

Throughout history, sports dogs have been used by hunters to locate and retrieve prey after being washed from land and rivers.

Although their docile personality and high level of training ability have also earned them a reputation as the best family dogs, many sports dogs are still used as hunting companions today.

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.

American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker spaniel is a sport dog. This is a spaniel type of dog, closely related to the British Cocker spaniels; the two breeds diverged in the 20th century due to different breed standards in the US and UK.

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is an active, good-natured, sporting dog. There are fields or working cockers and show cockers.


The barbet is a medium-sized French water dog. The breed’s name barbet comes from the French word barbe, which means beard.

The French hound is a hound which is a very old dog used to indicate the location of prey for hunters. There are two breeds of Braque France, both from the south of France. They are popular hunting hounds in France but are rarely seen elsewhere.

Braque Francais

The Braque francais, type Gascogne. French Pointing Dog, Sporting dogs – Gascogne type, larger size.

The Braque francais, type Pyrenees. French Pointing Dog, Sporting dogs – Pyrenean type, smaller size.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is a breed of dog used in hunting as a gundog. It is sometimes considered to be Dutch in ancestry, due to the nationality of the breed founder, Eduard Karel Korthals.

The pointer dog, commonly known as the British Pointer dog, is a medium to large breed that developed into an excellent gun dog. It is one of several dog-pointing breeds.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to a large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. The breed is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs and they can move rapidly.

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a medium to the large-sized griffon-type breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. It is more aggressive than the German Shorthaired pointer.

The German longhaired pointer was developed in Germany and is used as a multipurpose gundog.


Pudepodo is a versatile hunting hound breed from Germany. This is a pointing breed from the German hunting poodle and British Pointer breed.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog belonging to the Retriever, Gundog, and Sporting breed groups. The Chessie is known for its prowess in rough, icy waters.

Curly Coated Retriever

Curly Coated retriever is a species of dog originally bred in England for hunting upland birds and waterfowl. It is the highest retriever and easily distinguishable, by extensive tight curling covering its body.

American Water Spaniel

The American Water Spaniel is a breed of spaniel which is one of a small number of breeds originating in the United States. The American Water Spaniel is primarily a working gun dog that is seldom seen in the show ring.

The Little Munstrander is a versatile hunting-point-to-recycle sport dog breed that reaches its current form in the area around Munster, Germany.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed of dog that comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means lake dog from Romagna, originating from the Italian word lago, meaning lake.

The Spanish water dog breed dates back hundreds of years, and the most likely origin is Turkey, from which it was imported into Spain as a common sheepdog and guard.

Published On: December 21st, 2022Categories: Dog knowledge