Is my dog a gundog?

by admin on November 5, 2011

When people first contact us they are often unsure whether or not their dog is actually a gundog.  The only thing that defines a gundog, is the breed to which the dog belongs.  There are many different gun  dog breeds and if the breed your dog belongs to falls into the gundog group of dogs,  then he is a gundog.

Most popular gundogs

The nation’s most popular gundog and pet dog today is the Labrador Retriever.  If you own a Labrador, you own a gundog.  Some of the nation’s other most popular pet dogs are also gundogs.  These include the cocker spaniel,  the springer spaniel,  the golden retriever and the weimaraner.  

Will my dog make a good working gundog

Whether or not your gundog would make a good ‘working’ gundog depends partly on his breeding and partly on the experiences he has had in his life so far.  However,  members of almost all gun dog breeds, no matter what their parentage, benefit from gundog training

Gundog training is worthwhile

Even if your  gundog is not from working lines you can still participate in and benefit from  gundog training.  Find out about the benefits.

The gundog breeds

The following breeds are all gundogs.  See if you can find yours.  Gundogs are divided into four categories.  Retrievers, spaniels, HPR, pointers and setters.

These are the retrievers

  • Chesapeake Bay Ret
  • Curly coated retriever
  • Flatcoated Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

These are the spaniels

  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Field Spaniel
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel

These are the HPRs

  • Bracco Italiano
  • Brittany
  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla
  • Italian Spinone
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Weimaraner

And these are the pointers and setters

  • English Setter
  • Gordon Setter
  • Irish Red Setter
  • Irish Red & White Setter
  • Pointer

If your dog belongs to any of these groups or is a cross-breed from these groups,  he is a gun dog breed, and you can take part in the Gundog Club’s Graded Training programme.   No pedigree papers are required and complete beginners are always welcome.


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