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Category: Sporting Dogs

Vizsla (Wire-Haired)

A dog of Hungarian origin, the Wire-Haired Vizsla was developed through the early to mid-1900s by breeding the Vizsla and the German...

Pointer (German Long-Haired)

A rare breed in North America, the German Long-haired Pointer has long been a favourite sporting dog in its native country. Originally a...

Lagotto Romagnolo Breed Description

Lagotto Romagnolo

The history of the Lagotto Romagnolo dates back to 16th century Italy, where these water dogs were used for hunting waterfowl in the...

Irish Water Spaniel

Spaniel (Irish Water)

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

American Cocker Spaniel

Spaniel (American Cocker)

When Cocker Spaniels were imported to North America from England, breeders began to select for a different type of dog, choosing smaller...

English Setter

Setter (English)

The name English “setter” comes from the practice of “setting”, a game bird hunting style that involves the dog stealthily creeping...

Curly Coated Retriever

Retriever (Curly-Coated)

A favourite of English gamekeepers, the Curly Coated Retriever is one of the oldest Retriever breeds. Known fondly as “the Curly” for...

Pointer (German Wire-Haired)

While several types of gundog existed in late 19th century Germany, hunters wanted an even more rugged breed. It is believed that they...

Pointer (German Short-Haired)

When game hunting was opened to the general populace in the 1800s, people wanted an all-round hunting dog that could take on any prey....

Griffon (Wire Haired Pointing)

Around 1870, a Dutchman named Korthals decided to create a sporting dog that could compete with English gun dogs. Beginning with Griffon...

Barbet

An ancient breed, the Barbet is the likely progenitor of many modern dogs, including Bichons, Griffons, Otterhounds, Newfoundlands, Briards...

Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano

The Spinone Italiano, or Italian Pointer, is an ancient hunting breed popular in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries. This...

Vizsla (Smooth)

The Vizsla is one the oldest sporting and birding dogs, documented as early as the mid-13th century. Used by the nomadic Magyar tribes of...

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Hunters along the rugged coast of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay thrived on huge flocks of waterfowl native to the region. Taking hundreds...

Weimaraner

A truly exclusive breed, the Weimaraner was created by the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar, Germany, as an all-purpose gun dog...

Flat Coated Retriever Breed Description

Flat Coated Retriever

In the mid to late 1800s, S.E. Shirley produced a close-working gun dog he called the Flat Coated Retriever. Crossed from a variety of...

Retriever (Golden)

In the mid 1800s, the English preferred black Retrievers, but Sir Dudley Majoribanks (Lord Tweedmouth) decided to develop a golden coloured...

Retriever (Labrador)

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

Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)

Bred specifically to look like and imitate foxes, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever came from a combination of breeds including...

Gordon Setter Breed Description

Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter is a descendant of the setting spaniels that were popular in 15th century Scotland. The black and tan setting dogs were...

Irish Red and White Setter

The Setter is a specialized bird-hunting dog that flushes prey then remains still so the hunter can shoot the birds without risk of...

Irish Setter Breed Description

Irish Setter

The origin of the Irish Setter is uncertain. As the breed gained popularity in the early 19th century, Irish Setters came in combinations...

Brittany Spaniel

Developed in the Brittany region of France, the first Brittany Spaniel was recorded in the town of Pontou in the mid-1800s, and was used...

Clumber Spaniel

There are several theories about the origins of the Clumber Spaniel, but what we know for certain is that this breed was popular amongst...

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel has a long breeding history. Described in 1677 as dogs with “active feet, wanton tail, and busy...

English Springer Spaniel

Early spaniels were named according to their size and the jobs they did. The smallest were Cocker Spaniels, mid-sized were Field Spaniels,...

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Like English Cocker and English Springer Spaniels, the Welsh Springer Spaniel comes from mixed birding-bred spaniel stock common to Europe...

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