Sporting dogs are a major category in the hunting field for long. The sporting group is comprised of many breeds including pointers, setters, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and spaniels just to name a few. Loyalty towards the master is evidently the primary quality of any sporting dog as well as the ability to perform their desired tasks. They should be alert, vigilant, agile and intelligent and they should respond quickly. The sense of smell is inherent with an every dog but the sporting dogs have an upper hand in that faculty. This use of the nose is a highly desired trait and is use to locate game in the field or woods, depending on the game being hunted. Other breeds such as the Beagle are used to hunt rabbits and other breeds are used to tree and hunt Raccoons.
The most common sporting dog breed is currently the Labrador Retriever followed by the English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel followed by the Golden Retriever. If you are interested in one of these or any other breed, you should do your research and find a breed that most closely both meets your needs and lifestyle. Dogs that have been bred for certain types of hunting or sporting dog events can be very high-strung with lots of energy and may not be right for everyone. So, take your time and research the dog breed that is right for you and your situation.
The name of sporting group dogs is in general reserved for those used for hunting birds and small game. These dogs are now often used for other events such as Agility, Dock Diving, Fly-ball as well as many others. Due to the ability to use their nose, these dogs are also used for tracking, bomb and drug detection. Often, because of their temperament they are used as service and companion dogs. Kennel clubs are the ultimate authority in calling a particular breed as the sporting category. Interestingly the word sport emanated from the hunting activities if British nobles and royals. Regular exercise, upkeep and diet are critical to keeping the sporting breed of dogs in good shape.
Ferocious and fun-loving they are, the sporting dog breed proved to be the best companion to a hunter during a hunting expedition no matter of the terrain. Choosing the pup of a right breed requires careful deliberations. The country of origin plays a crucial role in selection as the climatic changes may not be suitable to some.