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8 Most Popular Sporting Dog Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on September 14, 2016

The Sporting Group is home to some of the most popular dog breeds in the world, likely because they have such great personalities and come in every shape and size. Many of these breeds have been living as companions for centuries and there’s no wonder we’ve kept them around so long. Sporting dogs come from all different places in the world and serve all different purposes.

#1 – Labrador Retriever


The Labrador Retriever has held the spot for American’s most popular dog breed for many years now. They are fun-loving, social, loving and adventurous dogs that make excellent family companions for people of all ages. This breed is known for its outstanding personality and outgoing disposition. Originally a hunting dog from Canada, this breed has gained popularity all over the world.

#2 – Golden Retriever


The Golden Retriever is another extremely popular dog due to the same reasons. They are affectionate, adventurous and always ready to do anything alongside their human families. They are originally from Scotland where they were used to hunt ducks and other waterfowl. Today, they are still used for hunting but are mostly found as active family members.

#3 – German Shorthaired Pointer

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The German Shorthaired Pointer is, as its name suggests, a hunting dog from Germany. They were developed to be excellent hunting dogs as well as suitable family companions, so their temperaments allow for both work and play. They are very agile dogs that want to spend time with their families but need a job to do to stay active and healthy.

#4 – Brittany

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Although referred to as a spaniel, the Brittany is closer to a pointer or setter in its hunting ability. Used for bird hunting, this medium-sized French breed is easy to train and makes a wonderful family companion. They are eager to please, social and fun-loving and enjoy being a part of active homes around family members of all ages.

#5 – English Springer Spaniel

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The English Springer spaniel is a popular dog used for flushing and retrieving game. They are very friendly and affectionate dogs that enjoy spending time with their owners. They are a popular choice for those looking to compete in other dog sports such as agility and obedience. English Springer Spaniels are very loving and active dogs that do best in a home that provides them with a job to do.

#6 – American Cocker Spaniel

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The American Cocker Spaniel is a gentle, social dog that was originally used to hunt birds. They are outgoing dogs that enjoy spending time with their families and when socialized from a young age, they make great companions for children. They are known for having an always wagging tail and positive disposition.

#7 – Vizsla

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The Vizsla is a Hungarian breed used for pointing and retrieving, usually of fowl and other upland game. They are very active dogs that need a job to do in order to stay suitable family companions. They are highly affectionate and form close bonds with their owners, often referred to as “velcro dogs.” The breed does very well in other dog sports such as agility and obedience.

#8 – Weimaraner

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The Weimaraner is a German breed originally used for hunting large game like boar, bear and deer. They are strong, active dogs that do very well in the field today. However, they also make wonderful active companions. The breed maintains the urge to hunt and should be kept in a home that is going to provide adequate mental and physical stimulation. That said, they are not independent dogs and want to be with their owners as much as possible.

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