Sporting dogs make excellent pets for a number of reasons and could be the perfect dog for you and your family. Keep in mind, dogs in this class, have a high-energy level since their breeding allows them to hunt by air scent. Sporting breeds primary interest is in retrieving game birds. Dogs in this group range from small to large with the majority being mid-size.
Sporting dogs include 28 different breeds, which include all of the spaniel breeds, Irish Setters, English Setters, Golden Retriever, Flat-Coated Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Vizsla, Spinone Italiano, Pointers, Weimaraner and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Primarily bred for a job, the sporting dogs are excellent companion dogs, but they have different temperaments depending on the breed you choose. For instance, a Golden Retriever is an excellent family dog because they get along with other pets and are gentle with children. On the other hand, a Brittany Spaniel can be temperamental if they are not given “jobs” to do and keep their mind occupied. They aim to please but need patience and guidance with a great deal of training.
Because sporting dogs have such a high energy level, they need plenty of exercise in order to burn off the energy; otherwise, dogs in this classification can become destructive. Sporting Dogs have a need to retrieve; these dogs are the easiest to train as far as fetching goes. These dogs tend to have the ability to catch flying objects like a ball or Frisbee and quickly understand the process of bringing the object back to their owners in order for them to chase it again when it their owner throws it.
When choosing a breed from the sporting dog group, consider your family members, think about how many hours a day the dog will be left alone, how much time you have for training, how many hours a week can you exercise the dog. Answering these questions and thoroughly researching the breed can help you make the best selection.
If you have small children, other animals, have a large home, and do not intend to take the dog hunting, consider the Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is a large dog, but they have an extremely gentle temperament and love children and other animals. The Golden fits into your lifestyle and adapts to its surroundings effortlessly. Grooming is light and requires brushing a few times per week particularly behind the ears, chest, and legs to prevent mats. This breed does shed and regular brushing cuts down on the shedding.
If you are a game hunter, you might consider one of the spaniels or even an Irish Setter. These dogs particularly have high-energy levels and thrive in hunting situations where they can run off their excessive energy. They aim to please, so you can expect the spaniels and Setters to do their fair share when it comes to hunting game.
Sporting dogs are energetic, intelligent, alert, attentive and desire to please and do not have a need to dominate. They make excellent pets provided they get lots of exercise since they have such a high energy level.