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What are gun dogs?
There is a huge amount of species that are classed as Gun Dogs German Short Haired Pointer; Labrador Retriever; English Springer Spaniel; English Cocker Spaniel; Hungarian Vizsla being the most common. Gun Dogs are hunting dogs that are developed to assist hunters in the finding and retrieving game. They’re divided into three types: Retrievers, flushing dogs and pointing breeds.
These dogs retrieve in the fallen game (usually birds and often long distances.) They will then retrieve and bring it back to the owner.
Spaniels are top class hunters within the gun dog world. They will find the game and flush it out for the guns. They will then retrieve to hand.
Pointers & Setters
These are a gun dog that will locate, normally at longer distances than spaniels. They will alert their owner by freezing they won’t alert (bark) until the guns get closer.
Hunt, Point and retrieve dogs
These are dogs that can hunt, point and also retrieve. With the different jobs within their group it means they have several different behaviours and personalities. One thing that is the same is the need for a lot of exercise in all weathers and plenty of fun and stimulation.
What are gun dogs behaviour and personality traits?
With a Gun Dog to do their job well they have certain key skills and characteristics.
They are very active dogs and they need to be able to work all day and they will do this in all weathers.
They are extremely friendly and sociable dogs, however if they aren’t socialised and trained correctly they can become over friendly and this can be seen as rude with other dogs. They have to be friendly and sociable as they’re able to work in close proximity with unknown dogs and people whilst hunting.
They’re the perfect family dog! With their friendly characteristics and the love they have for people, children and other dogs make them the perfect family companion.
They can become disobedient if they aren’t given enough exercise or kept mentally stimulated. With their carrying characteristic it can lead to them carrying items around the house and if this is left then it can lead to chewing furniture or other items they may find.
With their love of food they will eat anything and if they aren’t exercised then it can lead to obesity.
They are very self-controlled dogs, they are expected to be very self contained while they wait but when they’re called into action they’re more than ready.
They are very robust dogs, they are not the sensitive type, with the nature of their job they are hard dogs both mentally and physically.
is a gundog for you?
If you’re looking at a gun dog then they’re the perfect match if:
- Love exercise and exploring outdoors
- Have plenty of time to exercise and train your pooch daily
- Enjoy getting outside to explore in all weather conditions
- Like your pooch to be very loving and affectionate
- Don’t mind muddy paw print throughout the house after they’ve explored
- Will want to be apart of everything you do
- They’d love a big garden to play in when they’re not outside exploring