The American Water Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer and Labrador Retriever are some hunting dog breeds. These breeds are part of the sporting group, which consists of spaniels, setters, retrievers and pointers. They are known for their remarkable instincts whether in the woods or in the water.
The American Water Spaniel is a small yet powerfully built water gundog. Its muscular and solid build allows the dog to retrieve game larger than itself. Its curly outercoat serves as a rough cover and protects it from soaking into water, while the dense undercoat provides insulation and keeps the dog warm. Water spaniels are intelligent, fiercely loyal and strong willed. They make good watchdogs and fun-loving house companions.
Versatile and well-rounded, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a hardworking gundog that combines power, agility and endurance into its medium to large athletic physique. They can retrieve water fowl, small mammals and even heavy game. Similar with other sporting or hunting groups, German Shorthaired Pointers have a dense undercoat and a stiff waterproof outercoat that keep them warm even while retrieving game in cold weather. Boisterous and full of energy especially when young, they require regular exercise and a healthy, active lifestyle.
One of the most popular and beloved dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever is another gundog bred to help hunters catch and retrieve their game. Unlike other hunting dogs that may be too boisterous for children, Labrador Retrievers are known for their good temperament, making them suitable family dogs. Bred to catch waterfowl, they have a very soft feel to the mouth and can be very gentle when holding objects. Labradors do not make good watchdogs because they are neither noisy nor territorial.