In Britain, this group is referred to as the Gundog Group, whereas, in the United States, it is referred to as the Sporting Group. The breeds within this group are very distinctive and easily recognized as being within this group. Sizes range anywhere from 16 inches to 27 _ inches in height.
These particular dogs have been bred for the purpose of retrieving game or hunting game. The setters and pointers are known for indicating where birds are located. The retrievers fetch or retrieve game that has already been shot including rabbits, birds, and more. Spaniels are capable of achieving both of these tasks for their masters.
Some of the breeds work well in water, while others perform better on land. All sporting dogs hunt their prey by air scent. This is in direct contrast to the Hound Group that hunts by ground scent.
The dogs that retrieve game (waterfowl) from water are equipped with coats that are water repellent and feet that are partially webbed. Some breeds, such as the pointers, will stand with their body and nose rigid, directly in front of the game. The setters are typically trained to crouch in front of the prey or game to inhibit its escape.
The hunting or sporting dogs are very easy going for the most part, tending to be lovable, gentle, and quiet. Additionally, they are highly intelligent animals that are easily trained. Obedience is one of the positive behaviors that are predominant in their make up.
The following dogs are included in this group:
German Short-Haired Pointer
German Wire-Haired Pointer
Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla
Irish Red and White Setter
Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Curly Coated Retriever
American Cocker Spaniel
English Cocker Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel
Welsh Springer Spaniel
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