Survival guide for hunting dog breeds

Are you considering hunting dog breeds? Often they are referred to as sporting dogs. They are definitely an all-rounder dog and a perfect companion. These hunting dog breeds vary in sizes from small, medium, and large breeds. All the breeds listed below are great working companions for you and your family.

Dogs have been helping humans for thousands of years, it’s nothing new. Man has not suddenly trained a new line, these dogs were born to assist humans from the beginning of time. Their ability to do these heavy duty work is part of their DNA. Even though it is part of a dog’s nature to sniff, track, hunt and kill some training needs to be taught.

Hunting dog breeds blueprint

Hunting dog breeds are incredibly skilful, it’s impossible for them to return home empty handed. However, bringing a kill home can depend upon a few things such as their training, the weather, the terrain, their target, the size of the hunting dog and what you want him to do during the hunt.

Hunters are very active, intelligent, lively, highly trainable, and alert dogs. They require a tremendous amount of vigorous exercise so they need to be with very active people. If you admire these type dogs but don’t want one for hunting purposes, then make sure you give them some sort of field, water or yard activities daily. Their stamina can be greater than us humans.

There are two different types of hunting dogs. There are sight and scent; sight breeds are quiet, very fast and are mostly calm natured. Scent breeds, however, are completely the opposite, they love their voices; consequently, they’re quite vocal.


If you are thinking about buying a hunting dog, be very scrupulous where you buy your companion.

There are some extremely indiscriminate dog breeders out there who have carelessly over bred.

If any dog has been carelessly bred, they can become unstable, temperamental and unhealthy.

Often, you won’t realize there’s a problem until you’re home or had the dog for a few weeks.

Pointer dogs are probably the best for bird hunting. Pointers are very calm, quietly composed and can get any job done in heavy shrubbery.

If you’re looking for a dog that is sensitive to noise, consider hounds. They love locating rabbits, squirrels and other small animals.

If you love to hunt game such as pheasants think about buying Flushers.

As with all dogs bills can be high, particularly with hunting dogs. To see what’s involved check out our very informative article on Interesting facts for dogs – The new owners guide, it includes everything you need to know.

Hunting dogs may have health issues, especially as they become older. In account of being particularly active they could be prone to hip dysplasia, arthritis, osteosarcoma, bone and cartilage diseases. Their lifespan varies because of the differing sizes.

If you’re unsure about owning a hunting dog go to Discovering the best dog breed for you‘ to start another search.


If you’re certain hunting dog breeds are for you, then checkout ‘Comparing the best hunting dog breeds‘.

For more information check out ‘Tom Dokken’s Retriever Training: it is a Complete Guide to Developing Hunting Dogs’, it is a popular book and has superb reviews.

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Jennifer Pitts

Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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