Types Of Sporting Dog Breeds
Sporting dogs were bred to assist hunters in locating or retrieving game. They are also called “gun dogs.” They are very intelligent and can make wonderful companions. They need a lot of regular exercise, however, and a potential buyer of these types of dogs must recognize that before taking on ownership of a sporting dog.
Buying one of these dogs and then locking it in an apartment or house all day long without exercise can be a recipe to frustration and unhappiness on the part of owner and dog.
They are ideal dogs for someone who wants to spend a lot of time with a playful, highly intelligent, energetic companion that is eager to be trained and interact with his owner.
Most of them are in the medium to large size range.
These dogs include setters, pointers, retrievers, and spaniels. Some popular examples of this type of dog are English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Vizslas, German Short-Haired Pointers, Weimeraners, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, and Springer Spaniels.
Here are the traits of some of the popular members of these breeds:
Cocker Spaniels weigh between 20 and 30 pounds and are alert, active, intelligent dogs.
Grooming: Regular brushing will keep their silky coat tangle-free. They do not need trimming.
Exercise: They need a medium amount of exercise. Although they are not large, unlike toy dogs, they were breed to be working dogs and thus are not content with being locked in a house all day long.
Small children: Most cocker spaniels love children and play well with them.
Aggressiveness: A well-bred, well-treated cocker spaniel will not be aggressive.
Golden Retrievers are very popular because of their gentle, affectionate, easy-to-please nature. Because of this some people buy them without realizing that Golden Retrievers also need a lot of exercise and may become hyperactive and destructive if not exercised frequently.
Grooming: Regular brushing of their thick coat will help keep it tangle free. Otherwise their fur may matt into dreadlocks, especially around the ears.
Exercise: Goldens need regular exercise. They love to run and swim.
Small children: Goldens are very gentle and affectionate. They are good with children.
Aggressiveness: Goldens are not by nature an aggressive breed.
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