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This group includes the pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels, as well as the Vizsla and Weimaraner, two all-purpose hunting breeds. Sporting dogs were originally bred to aid hunters. From flushing and fetching to pointing and chasing, sporting dogs are bred for specific hunting conditions and types of game. These breeds have lots of energy, are very loyal and are eager to please. They love people and activities. Most sporting dogs make great family pets because of their ease in training and love of doing things with their owners. They do not do well in homes with children under five years of age, for they are too active and may inadvertently knock small children over, but they can keep up with well-behaved older children for well into their senior years.
Sporting breeds are often very friendly and eager to be part of the family unit. They do not do well if cooped up in small areas for long periods of time or left alone without a chance to play with other dogs and people. They require lots of exercise and do not care about the weather conditions as much as some other breeds. Most, in fact, have been bred to retrieve from the water, so they don’t understand why they cannot go out to play on a rainy day. They are high-energy and very demanding of attention. You had better love outdoor activities if you own a sporting dog!
Reprinted from Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.