An Afghan hound was featured on the cover of Life Magazine, November 26, 1945. "Afghan Hounds were the most popular in Australia in the 1970s…and won most of the major shows". An Afghan Hound won BIS (Best in Show) at the 1996 World Dog Show in Budapest.
The American Water Spaniel was developed in the United States as an all-around hunting dog, bred to retrieve from skiff or canoes and work ground with relative ease. The American Water Spaniel is an active muscular dog, medium in size with a marcel to curly coat.
Median longevity of Basset Hounds is about 10.3 years in France and 11.3 years in the UK, which is a typical median longevity for purebred dogs and for breeds similar in size to Basset Hounds. The oldest of the 142 deceased dogs in the 2004 UK Kennel Club survey was 16.7 years.
Our latest hunting breed highlight is the bloodhound. Perhaps one of the most iconic hound breeds in America, the thought of the bloodhound summons nostalgic scenes of lazy dogs napping with flies buzzing around, or focused hunters sniffing out a trail. But, as with most breeds, there is far more to the bloodhound and its history than meets the eye.
Boykin Spaniels, a small hunting dog with a keen nose and a big heart, are turning the heads of a lot of Southern bird hunters. Boykin Spaniels, a small hunting dog with a keen nose and a big heart, are turning the heads of a lot of Southern bird hunters.
All sporting dogs are a mixture of breeds, and the Brittany is no exception. Current theory is that pointers and spaniels got together to create the modern Brittany, although other sources say it was a spaniel-setter mix. Illustrations from the 1600s show a dog similar in appearance to the Brit. But it was the mid-1800s before the first dogs appeared that could reliably be called Brittanys.
If ever a dog was created to hunt pheasants, it is the springer spaniel. I simply can’t understand why the breed isn’t more popular, given the vast number of rooster hunters in the U.S., but there you go. The really good ones—and I had one like that—can be almost wizard-like in the way they approach the game. Here’s an example.
German shorthaired pointers are also one of the main dog breeds in many kinds of field trials and a variety of hunting contests. And all across North America, shorthairs are the common pointing breed for the average gamebird hunter just about anywhere there are gamebirds to be hunted.
While golden retrievers certainly qualify as a “split” breed, finding a dog that not only conforms to the physical standard but also can be a good hunting dog is not as great a challenge as it would be with, for example, Labradors or English springer spaniels.
For Al Berg, the Gordon setter is the go-to breed of gun dog for upland gamebird hunting competition. Since the 1990s, Berg has used his Gordons to compete in National Shoot to Retrieve events and in a variety of other pheasant hunting contests. “In almost all these contests, I’m the only one, or among the few, with a Gordon.
Greyhound-type dogs of small, medium, and large size, appear to have been bred across Europe since that time. All modern, pure-bred pedigree Greyhounds derive from the Greyhound stock recorded and registered first in private studbooks in the 18th century, then in public studbooks in the 19th century, which ultimately were registered with coursing, racing, and kennel club authorities of the United Kingdom.
An incredibly fast dog, the Ibizan Hound can be extremely difficult to recapture. This breed is a sighthound, meaning it hunts by sight rather than scent. Ibizans have selective hearing and an independent nature. They will take off running and WILL NOT return until they feel like it. The strong chase instinct and lack of caution in traffic can ...
Although the breed was just admitted to the sporting group by the American Kennel Club in January of 2009, the Irish Red and White Setter is really a very old breed…older, in fact, than the solid red Irish Setter. Paintings from the 17th century and some written descriptions show and describe white “setting dogges” with red markings. Certainly by the end of the 1700s, the white and red breed was well established.
In the 1800s the Irish Water Spaniel was popular in the United States as a duck hunting dog. Unfortunately the breed lost popularity when the easier care Labrador Retriever became more popular. The Irish Water Spaniel is now considered a rare breed. The Irish Water Spaniel was recognized by the AKC in 1884.
Kooiker Dog; Nederlandse Kooikerhondje; Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog; Pronunciation. Koy-Ker-Hond. Description. Kooikerhondjes have very unique coats that take up to 2 years to fully mature. The one distinguishing feature of the breed is the long black tips on its ears. The length and amount of these "earrings" are determined by genetics.
The Lakeland Terrier breed dates back to the 1800s and is one of the oldest terrier breeds that is still around today. The breed was originally called the Patterdale Terrier, however it is a separate breed from the Patterdale Terrier that we know of today.
While the Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever functions well as a traditional duck dog, its hunting role has varied historically. Tollers once served waterfowl hunters by running up and down the shoreline with the purpose of attracting curious waterfowl within gunning range. This breed was developed in Yarmouth County, at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, in the 1800s.
From the Middle Ages, Europeans have always considered the standard poodle a hunting dog. According to Canadian breed historian Emily Cain, Europeans categorized it as a spaniel. However, the French breed name, caniche, comes from chien canard, or “duck dog,” so they have also classified it a retriever.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi.
The Saluki, also known as Persian Greyhound or Tazi, is a dog originally bred in the Fertile Crescent. The Saluki is classed as a sighthound and is typically deep-chested and long-legged. Salukis are "sight" hounds—hunting by sight—and run their quarry down to kill or retrieve it.
The Scottish Deerhound needs a lot of exercise so it isn’t recommended for apartment living, it is advisable to keep him in a fenced medium-sized yard where he can run around. They have a pretty impressive speed and they like to chase. This dog can be your perfect jogging companion as it loves to run.
The Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary, which belongs under the FCI group 7 (Pointer group). The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of the all-round pointer-retriever breeds.
About this same time, the dog show people picked up the Gray Ghost as a flashy favorite for winning ribbons at Westminster. The Weimaraner’s hunting genetics took a downturn with more emphasis on appearance on the show bench than prowess in the field.
The Whippet is one of the most popular of the hunting dogs. A member of the sighthound class of hunting dogs, it is bred to hunt by sight. The Whippet's keen wide range of vision gives it the ability to zero in on its prey, whereupon it breaks into a fast run to apprehend it. What makes this breed truly outstanding is its particular affection ...