What are Sporting Dogs?
Sporting dogs are dogs bred for sports such as hunting, field trials, agility and obedience. They have been developed to perform well under stressful conditions such as chasing down game or pursuing their quarry at speed. The most common types of sporting dogs include: Greyhound, Border Collie, Siberian Husky and Labrador Retriever. These breeds were developed to hunt with precision while remaining agile enough to avoid obstacles when running after their prey.
How do they differ from other dogs?
The main difference between these breeds of dogs is their size. All the other breeds of dogs are smaller than these three. Their height varies from being only slightly taller than a human’s hand to nearly reaching the ground level. Because of their small size, they tend to run faster and jump higher than other dogs. They also have long legs which allows them to reach high places such as trees and fences easily without falling off.
These dogs are known to be loyal and loving. They are very intelligent, but they don’t always get along with other dogs. Some of the traits that make them so good hunters are their ability to follow commands quickly and their keen sense of smell.
Other qualities that make them great companions include their love for children, loyalty, patience and gentleness.
Which one is better suited for hunting?
All sporting dogs are meant to hunt. They were bred for that specific purpose. Hunting with other breeds of dogs such as spaniels, retrievers and terriers is the most common activity. The main reason for this is that hunting with other dogs has been going on for hundreds of years.
While all sporting dogs are capable of hunting, not all of them are good trackers. The best hunters can follow tracks that are a few hours old easily. They can also hunt in various terrains such as mountains, forests and grasslands.
Due to their intelligence, sporting dogs can learn commands in a matter of days. With enough patience and dedication they can be taught how to do nearly anything a person can do. The intelligence of sporting dogs is one of their strongest traits.
Which are the most popular?
There are several types of sporting dogs, but there are four breeds that stand out above the rest. These are the American Water Spaniel, the Boykin Spaniel, the Clumber Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel.
The American Water Spaniel is a very popular breed due to its work as a retriever. It was bred in America for duck hunting. It has a curly coat that makes it resistant to the cold water.
They have webbed feet which allow them to swim faster and for longer periods of time.
The Boykin Spaniel is a smaller dog that was bred in South Carolina. It was bred for hunting and it became very popular in those states. This dog has a short curly coat that is fairly thin.
It is mainly used to hunt for squirrels, but it can be trained to hunt for other types of game as well.
The Clumber Spaniel was originally bred in England as a big game hunting dog. It stands well over 30 inches and it is large and heavy. The English Springer Spaniel is a very friendly and gentle dog.
It is mainly used for hunting small game, but it can be trained to hunt larger animals as well.
What are some of their other traits?
These dogs are very intelligent and they love to please their owners. They thrive when they have a job to do such as hunting or herding livestock. They can be trained to do various tasks, but they need constant repetition and a calm approach. Yelling at them while training will only serve to confuse them. They are very sensitive dogs and need lots of love and affection from their owners.
These dogs are not suited for living in an apartment. They need a large yard that allows them to run around and play freely. Without enough exercise they tend to get bored, which can lead to destructive behavior.
These dogs are also large and strong enough to knock a child over which could result in injury. They need to be watched when they are playing with children.
Keeping these dogs properly exercised and entertained will result in a happy and healthy pet. These dogs can live in a variety of different climates, but they do best in cooler environments. The Clumber Spaniel does best in cooler England, while others do well in hotter states such as Texas or Florida.
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Sources & references used in this article:
The ultimate hunting dog reference book: A comprehensive guide to more than 60 sporting breeds by V Lamb – 2015 – books.google.com
Breed differences in dogs sensitivity to human points: a meta-analysis by NR Dorey, MAR Udell, CDL Wynne – Behavioural processes, 2009 – Elsevier
4-H sporting dog project member guide by P Larkin, MJR Stockman – 2008 – Hermes House