18 Sep

Irish Setter

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Irish Setter

A descendant of the Setting Spaniels of Rome, The Irish Setter developed during the 18th century. Originally setters in this region were predominantly red and white colored. A preference for a more solid colored animal and, presumably, one with a beautiful red coat helped spawn the beginnings of the modern Irish Setter. In fact, Madra rua, the Gaelic term for the breed, actually means red dog.

Although this handsome breed can be used as an all around hunting dog, it is especially adept at hunting game birds. With its super speed and superior sense of smell, the Irish Setter is skilled at tracking, hunting, retrieving and pointing. In recent years, many breeders have placed emphasis on the physical appearance of this dog. However, the Irish Setter is an affectionate and high spirited dog that loves to hunt.

With a long tail reaching almost to the hocks and long body, this dog has an elegant appeal. His coat is short on the front side of his legs and head and slightly longer on the body. The belly and brisket, backs of his legs and ears will have feathering that adds a beautiful dimension to this breed. His coat color will vary between a red chestnut and mahogany with a distinct absence of black hair.

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18 Sep

Llewellin Setter

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Llewellin Setter

The Llewellin Setter is a distinct breed that adheres to a stringent set of bloodlines dating back to the mid 19th century breeding program initiated by R.L. Purcell Llewellin. Originally considered an English Setter, this dog distinguished itself in that it was bred specifically for field work under strict precepts. This adherence and attention to detail in breeding gave way to a field dog of great enough repute that most dog enthusiasts today consider it apart from the English Setter. As a result, the breed excels at hunting, pointing and retrieval.

Demonstrating intelligence, companionship and an enthusiastic attitude when working for the gun this breed makes an excellent hunting dog and pet. Although Llewellins were historically a tricolor dog, the real measure of the breed is determined solely by bloodlines. Moreover, this dog does not have any specific height and weight requirements.

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18 Sep

American Water Spaniel

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American Water Spaniel

Although he is Wisconsin’s official state dog, the American Water Spaniel is a rare breed composed of only about 3000. Developed in Wisconsin in the mid 19th century, this dog was bred to hunt waterfowl around the Great Lakes.

The American Water Spaniel makes an excellent hunting dog in the field, especially as a waterfowl retriever and upland flusher. Like most spaniels, he is energetic, obedient and loves to play and train. He can even be content living in the close quarters of an apartment or urban residence if given enough time to burn off energy. Friendly and intelligent, this dog makes a great pet.

At 15 to 18 inches in height and weighing between 25 and 45 pounds this is a medium sized dog.

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18 Sep

Boykin Spaniel

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Boykin Spaniel

Of all the hunting dogs, this dog is a true Southerner with humble beginnings. The original Boykin Spaniel was a stray dog picked up outside a Spartanburg, South Carolina church by Alexander White. White christened the stray “Dumpy” and, as it turned out, one man’s Dumpy was another man’s treasure. Upon discovering the keen bird sense and natural hunting ability of the stray, White began the tradition of the Boykin Spaniel. Dumpy and his progeny were crossed with Pointers, Springer Spaniels, Water Spaniels and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers to develop the Boykin Spaniel seen today.

Now the official state dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel has amber or yellow eyes, a docked tail and a wavy or curly waterproof coat that is liver colored. Possessing intelligence and loyalty, this dog is an excellent swimmer and zealous hunter. Their good nose helps contribute to their versatility in hunting. In 2009, the AKC recognized this breed as a member of the Sporting Group.

The Boykin is compact, with a height between 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder and weighing in between 25 and 40 pounds.

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18 Sep

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

This breed was the unlikely product of an English shipwreck off the coast of Maryland in 1807. Thankfully, everyone on board was saved – including two Newfoundlands and dog loving owners. These dogs were carefully bred with some of the local retrievers to create a high endurance breed with legendary retrieving abilities beginning in choppy and icy Chesapeake Bay waters.

Nicknamed the Chessie or the CBR, this dog is obedient and intelligent but requires a more dominant owner to properly train and handle him. Reputed for being able to retrieve hundreds of birds in one day, this dog requires lots of exercise and time spent outside.

The Chessie is a muscular dog with amber to yellow eyes and webbed toes. Adept in cold water, this dog has a short, oily coat that repels water and dries quickly. His color may range from darker brown to a lighter tan.

Male dogs are 23 to 26 inches in height while female dogs measure between 21 and 24 inches tall. The Chessie is a decent size, with the males weighing between 65 to 80 pounds and the females weighing between 55 to 70 pounds.

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18 Sep

Curly-Coated Retriever

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Curly-Coated Retriever

Along with the Flat-Coated Retriever, the Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the first two retriever breeds to be recognized and established in the dog world. Hailing from England as a descendant of the English Water Spaniel, Poodle, Labrador and St, John’s Newfoundland, the Curly-Coated Retriever is a great bird hunting dog. He may be used as a waterfowl retriever bringing home ducks or an upland game hunter with quail.

While this dog is popular in Australia and New Zealand, he is a rare find in the United States. Despite his leggy appearance, the Curly-Coated Retriever is a long bodied dog with a tightly curled black or liver colored coat. An energetic and loyal family dog, he is protective of his own and sometimes tepid with strangers.

The Curly-Coated Retriever is between 25 and 27 inches in height and weighs between 65 and 80 pounds.

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18 Sep

English Cocker Spaniel

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English Cocker Spaniel

This playful and colorful dog is one of the oldest types of Spaniel known. Initially regarded as a general Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel was differentiated from the American Cocker Spaniel in 1946 due to size. A great gun dog, the English Cocker Spaniel is able to hunt, flush and retrieve game in dense cover. This dog’s name says it all, characterized by its talents as a woodcock hunter.

Affectionate, playful and intelligent, these dogs love children and make an excellent family pet in addition to their skills as a working dog. Two lines –field and show – have been bred through the years and it is best to talk to breeders to discover which dog is more desirable for you. Field lines have more energy and require more exercise, but are obedient gun dogs.

The English Cocker Spaniel has a parti-colored coat that is roaned or ticked with a combination of liver, red or black colors. The coat is a medium length and fine and may hang flat or slightly wavy on the body.

A compact dog, the English Cocker Spaniel males will be between 15 to 17 inches a the shoulder and the females will be 14 to 16 inches tall. Males will weigh between 28 and 34 pounds while females will weigh between 26 and 32 pounds.

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18 Sep

English Springer Spaniel

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English Springer Spaniel

This dog is the godfather of the English hunting spaniels. During the Renaissance period in Europe this spaniel was the ideal hunting companion. Derived from the same litters as the Cocker Spaniel, these dogs were distinguished by their larger size and were more inclined to flush and literally spring on game. (Hence the name Springer).

This dog has a moderately long coat, however, field dogs will typically have a shorter coat than show lines. The field dogs will also have a docked tail that is slightly longer than its showing counterpart to provide a flagging signal for its hunting master. The coat is parti-colored and largely white with black or liver markings, roan and areas of ticking.

The English Springer Spaniel is even tempered and intelligent, making him a great family dog. However, this dog needs mental and physical exercise in addition to training to ensure his obedience and keep him from becoming destructive.

This is a small, compact dog that is easy to transport and kennel at 18 to 21 inches in height and weighing between 40 and 55 pounds.

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18 Sep

Flat-coated Retriever

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Flat-coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever has its roots in mid to late 19th century England as a gamekeeper’s special Labrador or Retriever. While the exact breeding is not completely known, this dog is the product of numerous types of water dogs and spaniels, such as the St. John’s Newfoundland. Once introduced to the United States, The Flat-Coated Retriever was a popular dog to be. He was considered a stable and ideal gun dog as well as a loyal companion. However, all of this changed with the advent of the Labrador Retriever. By the end of World War II the breed’s future appeared uncertain. Fortunately, a revival of breeding and modest popularity in the 1960s helped the Flat-Coated Retriever recover some of its numbers.

As a gun dog, the Flat-Coated Retriever can be phenomenal. Armed with an excellent temperament, superior smell, wonderful swimming abilities and fantastic retrieval skills, this dog can be used both in an open plains setting and a denser region of trees and brush.

In terms of appearance, this is a handsome animal with a lustrous thick coat that is solid black or solid liver colored. The Flat-Coated Retriever will be 22 to 24.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 60 to 70 pounds.

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18 Sep

English Setter

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English Setter

This dog is like your go-to office guy; he enjoys his work and gets the job done. However, don’t be tricked into being a complacent boss. The English Setter can get a little unruly without the proper training and discipline to make him a star.

A stylish looking chap, this Setter is characterized by its silky speckled coat and leg and tail feathering. Because of his ability to cover an enormous amount of ground quickly, he can be a great asset in more open territory such as those found in the Midwest, West and South. Just don’t forget to train him to hold his point long enough for you to catch up with him. Feel free to bring your English Setter along to the North East as well. He’s a versatile hunter and can also be used as a close working dog with the proper training.
When talking with breeders, it might be wise to go with a dog from field lines that’s bred more specifically for hunting rather than showing.

The average size of this breed is 24 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 45 to 80 lbs.

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