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Upland Hunting Dog Breeds

Varying upland terrain, climates, game, hunter interests, handling skills, seasons, budgets, family history, aesthetic sensibilities - these things all steer uplanders towards one breed or another.

For most upland hunters, hunting style is the biggest consideration. Whether they grew up watching English Springers flushing out meadows, or once saw a friend's GSP stylishly point out the proverbial needle among the haystacks - some hunters' expectations are set by what they've come to think of as "the" type of dog to have. Others may have recently moved away from the plains - where big running dogs have square miles to work - to the woodlands of the eastern seaboard, where quail-housing bushes are mere feet apart. Such a change of venue can change a hunter's entire thinking about breeds or about bloodlines within a breed.

This page links to further material about each of the major uppland bird dogs. You'll find the breed's written standard (as recorded by the American Kennel Club), links to the national breed clubs, and more.

Brittany
Brittany


 
Cocker Spaniel
Cocker
Spaniel

 
English Setter
English
Setter

 
English Springer Spaniel
English
Springer Spaniel

 
Irish Setter
Irish
Setter

 
German Wirehaired Pointer
German Wirehaired
Pointer (Drathaar)

 
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Shorthaired
Pointer (Kurzhaar)

 
Gordon Setter
Gordon
Setter

 
Golden Retriever
Golden
Retriever

 
Labrador Retriever
Labrador
Retriever

 
Pointer
Pointer


 
Spinone Italiano
Spinone
Italiano

 
Vizsla
Vizsla
(Hungarian Pointer)

 
Weimaraner
Weimaraner


 
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Welsh
Springer Spaniel

 
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired
Pointing Griffon

 
Other Sporting Breeds at the AKC Web Site
See info on all breeds in the Sporting Group
by visiting the official AKC web site.

 


 
 
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