I. Love. Dogs. Who doesn’t? I’ve had a dog all my life and never imagined not having one. I was in for a world of hurt when I went to college, moved to the city, and forced to be miles away from my family dog. My dog separation anxiety reached capacity to say the least and I decided... it’s time to get a dog of own.
When choosing a companion, it’s important to do your research, especially if you’re like me and want to hunt with your new pal. Chances are, the first two breeds that come to mind are Labradors and Golden Retrievers - both amazing hunting dogs. However, there are other breeds that make great hunting partners. Some are bred for pointing and retrieving birds, others are more for running varmints like raccoons, and there are those focused on tracking big game. Here are a few of the breeds I have my eye on:
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The American Foxhound is a natural born hunter. They are friendly, social, and extremely athletic making them well suited for rural areas. These Foxhounds are known for their ability to hunt and chase deer and you guessed it, foxes.
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The beagle is an iconic hunting dog. They are very calm and friendly and their smaller size makes them an ideal family dog. They do have an impeccable sense of smell giving them the tendency to bark, howl, and run off on their own. This breed is commonly used for rabbit hunting.
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Originally named the Brittany spaniel, the Brittany lost “Spaniel” due to its hunting style which resemble a pointer. The Brittany is a athletic medium-sized dog with the ability to run quickly and for long distances. They are natural pointers and retrievers making them ideal for bird hunting.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the ultimate water retriever. They are strong, have webbed feet, and nearly waterproof coat. They are generally calm but have been known to show some aggression towards other dogs. They enjoy staying active outdoors and are incredible swimmers making them the ideal duck hunting dog.
German Shorthaired Pointer
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The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a very active dog that requires both mental and physical exercise. This breed is very intelligent with a keen sense of smell. GSPs are all purpose hunting dogs and used for many different types of game.
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The Plott Hound is a very smart and courageous breed. They have a powerful, agile body that’s made for endurance. They have been bred to track cold trails through rough terrain, water, and even through bad weather conditions. Plotts have been used to hunt mountain lions, bears, and boar but are popular for running raccoons. Plotts are also the state dog of North Carolina!
What’s your favorite hunting dog? Tell us in the comments below!