Dogs included in the Sporting Group are hunters that work closely with their human companions. Dogs in this group are good family pets. These dogs vary in size and color, so you will likely find one that meets your needs. Remember, however, that these dogs are active, so most of them will need plenty of exercises. The AKC started the Sporting Group in 1924. Sporting Group Dogs fall into four categories: spaniels, pointers, setters, and retrievers.

 

 

Dogs in the Sporting Group

American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniel

Height: 15-18 inches; Weight: 25-45 pounds
Lifespan: 10-14 years: AKC rank: 166 of 197
Country: United States

The American Water Spaniel (AWS) is the state dog of Wisconsin, where it originated. Its ancestors include the Irish and English Water Spaniels.

The AWS is a happy land and water retriever who loves to hunt. Breeders have worked on its temperament, suitable for a family pet.

 

 

Barbet

Barbet

Height: 19-24.5 inches; Weight: 35-65 pounds;
Lifespan: 12-14 years; AKC rank: n/a of 197
Country: France

 

 

The Barbet is a medium-sized French water dog whose name is French for “beard.” Its coat comes in several colors, but most show dogs are black.

The Barbet could be the poster dog for a shaggy dog story. It is a rare dog breed. It is a loyal and affectionate dog.

 

 

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

Height: 14-18 inches; Weight: 25-40 pounds;
Lifespan: 10-15 years; AKC rank: 100 of 197
Country: United States

The Boykin Spaniel is the state dog of South Carolina. Its name comes from the South Carolina family instrumental in starting the breed. It is medium size spaniel whose coats come in various shades of brown.

Boykin Spaniels are hunting dogs that will flush and retrieve game birds. The Boykin is a friendly, social dog that makes a good family pet.

Brittany

Brittany

Height: 17-20.5 inches; Weight: 30-40 pounds; 
Lifespan: 12-14 years; AKC rank: 26 of 197
Country:  France

The Brittany is a versatile hunting dog whose primary hunting was for hunting and retrieving birds. It is a tireless hunter and is easy to train.

The Brittany can compete in dog competition events such as agility, flyball, and dock diving. It is a good family dog, especially for families who love the great outdoors.

Although they are commonly called “Brittany Spaniels,” they are not technically a spaniel breed.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Height: 21-26 inches; Weight: 55-80 pounds;
Lifespan: 10-13 years; AKC rank: 45 of 197
Country: United States

The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are descendants of two dogs that survived a shipwreck in Maryland  in 1807. Those shipwrecked dogs were working and hunting dogs that retrieved waterfowl and pulled fishing nets for commercial hunters.

Chessies are medium to large size dogs that make great hunting companions.

Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel

Height: 17-20 inches; Weight: 55-85 pounds;
Lifespan: 10-12 years; AKC rank: 143 of 197
Country: England

The Clumber Spaniel, the largest of spaniels, was developed in the Nottinghamshire of the United Kingdom. Their coat is white with brown, lemon, or orange markings. It was one of the AKC’s charter breeds recognized in 1884.

They are great with children and make sturdy playmates. However, they shed a lot and are known to snore loudly.

Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel

Height: 13-15 inches; Weight: 20-30 pounds;
Lifespan: 10-14 years; AKC rank: 30 of 197
Country: United States

The Cocker Spaniel was America’s favorite dog breed during the 1950s. One of the more famous Cockers was President Richard Nixon’s dog, Checkers (dog), who he mentioned in one of his speeches.

The Cocker Spaniel is an American variation of the English Cocker Spaniel. It is an all-around great and loveable family pet.

Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly Coater Retriever

Height: 23-27 inches; Weight: 60-95 pounds;
Lifespan: 12-12 years; AKC rank: 162 of 197
Country: United Kingdom

The Curly-Coated Retriever is the tallest dog of the Sporting Group Dogs and hunts birds and waterfowl. Its name comes from its coat of tight curls that cover its body.

Curlies are affectionate but a bit more independent. They are lively companion dogs and perhaps better watchdogs than some other retrievers.

English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Height: 15-17 inches; Weight: 26-34 pounds
Lifespan: 12-14 years; AKC rank: 54 of 197
Country: United Kingdom

The English Cocker Spaniel is a gun dog known simply as the Cocker Spaniel in countries other than the United States. Cocker comes from its early use to hunt woodcock.

Cockers are friendly, easy-going dogs that make excellent family companion dogs. They tend to bond closely to one member of the family, usually the one who feeds it.

English Setter

English Setter

Height: 23-27 inches; Weight: 45-80 pounds;
Lifespan: 11-12 years; AKC rank: 94 of 197
Country: United Kingdom

The English Setter is one of a group of setter dogs from England that hunt birds such as pheasant, grouse, and quail. They are medium-sized dogs with speckled coats that can be lemon, orange, liver, and other colors.

English Setters get along well with other dogs and people. They are happy family companion dogs.

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog, 19 to 20 inches tall and weighing 40 to 50 pounds. Their common ancestor closely resembles the Cocker Spaniel and the Welsh Springer Spaniel.

English Springer Spaniels are excellent family dogs. They are affectionate, friendly, and eager to please and thrive on human companionship. Springers become attached to one person and stick as close to them as possible. This breed does well with children and other family pets.

The AKC recognized the English Springer Spaniel in 1910 and included the breed in the Sporting Group.

Field Spaniel

Field SpanielThe Field Spaniel was initially a show dog with a black coat. During the 20th century, breeders modified the breed, so it also performed as a hunting dog.

Field Spaniels closely resemble Cocker Spaniels and make good family pets. They are friendly, playful, and very tolerant of children.

Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever

Height: 22-24.5 inches; Weight: 60-70 pounds;
Lifespan: 8-10 years; AKC rank: 91 of 197
Country: England

The Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog to choose if you want a happy dog. They were bred to be gun dogs and, in England, became a favorite of gamekeepers.

The Flat-Coated Retriever is an active dog and should have lots of space to get the exercise it needs. Some owners swear that the Flat-Coated Retriever never grows up and retains its puppy attitude throughout its life.

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Short-Haired Pointer

Height: 21-25 inches; Weight: 45-70 pounds; Lifespan: 10-12 years; AKC rank: 9 of 197 Country: Germany

The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is an all-around hunting dog that does well hunting on land or water. They are affectionate family dogs and rank among the top most popular AKC breeds.

The GSP is an excellent hunter and consistently ranks at or near the top in competitive hunting events.

German Wirehaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer Dog

Height: 22-26 inches; Weight: 50-70  pounds; Lifespan: 14-16 years;  Country: Germany

A medium to large-sized griffon-type breed of dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer was created in Germany in the 19th century for adaptable hunting.

German Wirehaired Pointer is the English translation of the German breed name, Deutsch-Drahthaar.

In the latter decades of the 20th century, it rose to prominence as a gun dog in Germany. The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Roughhaired Pointer, and the hunting Pudelpointer were carefully combined and crossed in the late 19th century to produce it.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Height: inches; Weight: pounds; Lifespan: years; AKC rank: of 197 Country: Scotland

Scottish retriever dogs of medium size include the Golden Retriever.  It is one of the most frequently recognized breeds in a number of Western nations and is regularly kept as a pet. It frequently participates in dog competitions and obedience tests, is employed as a gundog, and can be trained to work as a guiding dog. In the late nineteenth century,

Sir Dudley Marjoribanks developed the breed at his Scottish farm Guisachan. With more Red Setter, Labrador Retriever, and Bloodhound fusions, he crossed Flat-coated Retrievers and Tweed Water Spaniels. After becoming recognized by the Kennel Club in 1913, the breed became popular throughout the world throughout the interwar years.

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Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

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The Irish name for the Red and White Setter dog breed is An Sotar Rua Agus Bán. It is a gundog in the UK, as is the case with all setters, and is a member of the sporting group in the US and Canada.

Although it is almost identical in temperament and function to the Irish Setter, Gordon Setter, and English Setter, this breed is more common.

Gordon Setter

A large breed of dog, the Gordon Setter belongs to the setter family, which also includes the Irish Setter and the English Setter.

Gordon Setters, sometimes called “black and tans,” have a coal-black coat with recognizable mahogany or rich chestnut markings.

Gordon Setters possess courage, willingness, intelligence, and aptitude. They have the tenacity and compassion to withstand the rigors of training. Gordon retrievers make ideal family dogs because they are devoted to their owners and thrive in a caring atmosphere.

Gordon Setter, 7 years old, standing in front of white background

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Irish Setter

Irish Setter Liver Color Coat

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Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

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 Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo

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Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Portrait of Dog Breed Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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Pointer

English Pointer

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Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano

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Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

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Vizsla

Hungary Vizsla

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Weimaraner

Weimarar

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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

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Wirehaired Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla

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