The Best Types of Hunting Dog Breeds

The Best Types of Hunting Dog Breeds

In this article, we’ll spend our time to salute our allies, our partners, our companions. Here is a long list of the best types of hunting dog breeds.

Hunting is not for everyone so you need to try it to understand all the excitements it can give you. Rifle in your hand, binoculars on the other, walking sneakily across the field to look for some birds or rabbits; it’s the feeling of exploring and dominating.

Despite all of that, your hunts can never be completed without your hunting dog. Just like being in a war where there is a special bond between you and your allies, there is an unbreakable bond between you and your dogs.

Furthermore, one of the best feelings in the world is when your dog is sprinting toward the body of your target after you have made your shot. Consequently, it feels like someone willing to do anything for you. By then, you would understand the true meaning of partnership that spans for a million year.

We don’t make the dogs; our dogs made us human. Many experiments have shown that dogs have unique abilities to understand body language and respond to our subtle cues. This is why we go hunting with them – because they love it just as much as we do.

Small-game Hunting Dog Breeds

Fox Hunting Dogs

American Foxhound (fox hunting)

First of all, these dogs were bred with the purpose of hunting foxes. In addition, they are still very much up to that task.

Also, the American foxhound dog breed belongs to a way of life that has been continuing for more than two centuries: kind, calm, sweet, and loyal.

However, that doesn’t stop this breed to be your modern-day companion and these breeds love being outside.

Furthermore, they are real athletes that can run around all day long without getting tired. Thus, they are perfect companions for an athletic owner who loves jogging and being outside as much as they do (or a little less than they do).

Appearance:
Fox Hunting Dogs

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  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 13 years
  • Males are 22 inches to 25 inches tall and weigh 45 to 65 pounds; females are 21 inches to 24 inches tall and weigh 40 to 60 pounds.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.

Traits:
  • The Foxhounds are famous for their voice because their howls can be carried away for miles. So, we do not recommend to own one if you are living in the city. Also, they still make great partners if you are living away from populated areas for their musical voice, though.
  • However, one disadvantage of this breed is that various scents can easily distract them, which is a disadvantage if you are tracking your target. In addition, sometimes, they can just lead you around for no reason.
Highlights:
  • As mention, because of their athletic spirit, it is difficult to keep them at home. So, on cold days or when you are tired, it is hard to satisfy their desire of being outside. In fact, most of them also need more than one hour a day to be outside and exercise. The longer you are with them outside.
  • However, they are uncomfortable with living in a small and closed space. Thus, you would need a large yard for them to enjoy the sunshine every day.
  • Also, they can be stubborn and independent at times, which makes your training a lot more challenging. Therefore, discipline and obedience are extremely important when going on a hunt, of course.
  • Finally, people have trained American Foxhounds to hunt with little direction from a human. So, it is not necessary for them to do things in your way. Also, they need early socialization to grow up to be a friendly dog.

Beagle (foxes and rabbits hunting)

Small, active and friendly, Beagles have been the favorite companions for many adults living with their kids. They are also active and fun loving, but the hound spirit inside of them can make them stubborn sometimes.

Furthermore, you need to be patient and have some creative techniques to train this breed. In addition, they are deeply interested in scents. Different kind of scents maybe easily distract them (similar to the Foxhounds). Their nose probably guides them through life.

Beagle

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Appearance:
  • First of all, there are two sizes of Beagles: The 13-inch variety at the shoulders and the 15-inch varieties at the shoulders.
  • Secondly, weight: 16 to 30 pounds.
  • Next, common color: tricolor with a black saddle. They usually have a white chest, legs and belly and a white tip on their tail. Besides, the second most common combination is red and white. Whatever their color might be, most of the time, a Beagle would have a white tip on their tails. So, this can be an advantage for hunters as it can be easier to spot the position of their partner on the hunting ground.
  • Another, beagles have their dense double coat that is resistant to rain. Therefore, you should brush them once a week to remove dead hair as well as to encourage new hair growth. Also, their coat is quite smooth on touch.
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Finally, life Span: 10 to 15 years
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 3/4 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

History

Till these days, people are still uncertain about the origin of the word Beagle. It might either the French word “begueule” or the English word “beag” or the German word “begele.”

In addition, there is little information that can be found in this breed. Beagles became popular in England at around the XIV and XV centuries. Soon, they were reported to be extremely small to the point that they could be held in a gloved hand.

Traits:

As mentioned, this breed is quite gentle, funny and fun loving. They can also be naughty and stubborn sometimes so you should be sympathetic and treat them nicely.

You can use food to buy their temporary obedience when you train them. Similar to the Foxhounds, Beagles need early socialization where they get exposed to people, sounds, scents so that they can grow up into a well-rounded dog.

Highlights:
  • This breed can be difficult to be trained. Thus, it can take up to a year to fully train some Beagles. Crate training is also recommended.
  • Yet, they can get bored if they are alone too long. So if possible, you should take it with you when you are out. Let them sit in the back row of your car and they’ll be happy all day. Some Beagles will even try to escape if you don’t play with them too long. So, find some amusements for your Beagles.
  • Keep in mind that Beagles are quite expensive and they often targeted by thieves for their small size. According to that reason, you should install a microchip for your Beagle.
  • Although they can be stubborn, it is difficult for them to resist the temptation of food so take advantage of that while training them.

Jack Russell Terrier (fox hunting)

Bred in England in the XIX and XX centuries, Jack Russell Terrier is an independent, clever and active little dog. They are charming and emotional, but it is also not easy to train them. Therefore, this breed is recommended for experienced and dedicated dog owners only.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
  • Height: 10 inches to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 13 to 17 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 15 years
  • Jack Russells have many different sizes. Due to their sizes, they are used for different purposes and terrains. Their height can range from 10 to 15 inches, and they should weight from 12 to 18 pounds
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 1.25 to 1.75 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Despite from their small body, Jack Russells are an energetic and highly-spirited breed of dog. Also, they are loving, emotional, devoted, and they always find their way to enjoy life.
  • If given chances, they will slip through the opened doors and windows in your house to pursue their happiness on the streets.
  • In addition, they are highly intelligent and they can understand gestures very well.

However, it can be difficult to train one Jack because of their playful nature. Discipline is not something for them. On the hunting grounds, your Jack can probably be reckless and aggressive toward your preys. This also put them at risk when chasing larger preys.

  • Finally, it is advised to keep your training sessions brief and effective.

Also, you should mix a little caring in it. In the early stages of their lives, you should expose them to many people, sights and sounds so that they can learn their experience and grow up to become a well-rounded dog.

Jack Russell Terrier

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Highlights:
  • They enjoy digging and making holes in just a short time. So, you can use this as an advantage to build traps and disguise your dog when hunting.
  • They are also quite energetic. So, you should keep them supervised during their play time.
  • In addition, they bark quite a lot and loudly, so they are not suitable for apartment life as well as urban areas.
  • Finally, they have a really strong desire to chase their prey till the end of the earth. So, you need to keep them chained by your side when you go hunting.

In conclusion, Jack Russell Terriers have a high energy level and are active indoors and out. Thus, they need several walks per day, or several good games in the yard. They also make excellent jogging companions.

Fox-hunting dog’s Comparison Chart

Breed Foxhounds Beagle Jack Russell Terrier

 

Size

(5 max)

2 2 2
Easy to train

(5 max)

4 4 4
Sensitivity level

(5 max)

2 4 3
Tolerance to weather 4 3 3
Intelligence 3 4 5
Energy level 5 4 5
Speed (Prey drive) 4 5 5
Strength 4 3 5

Bird Hunting

English Pointer (bird hunting)

Bred a few centuries ago, the Pointer is a versatile dog which excels in many arenas. Thus, a pointer can be a deadly predator for birds, foxes, and rabbits. Also, it is energetic, loving and it can fit into a family with many people.

English Pointer

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 4 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 75 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years
  • The Pointers usually has a dark brown, black, orange coat. Some of them might have some white in the background.
  • Some of them have light speckles. They have a short, shiny and smooth coat.
  • If you can hear their nails clicking on the floor, the nails are too long, and you should trim it regularly. Because your Pointer runs and jumps frequently, trimmed nails will prevent it from toe injuries.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Pointers work well with people, so they are suitable for a crowded family.
  • On the hunting fields, they can either be independent sometimes while at another time, they stick to the hunters. They tend to find out the reason behind your orders before actually following them.
  • In addition, your pointers should be trained with kindness and persistence because they can turn out to be stubborn if they are treated badly.
  • Pointers are competitive and independent. In addition, they are very protective of their owner’s property. They are also wonderful watchdogs. Therefore, to grow up into a well-rounded dog, your Pointer needs to be exposed to experiences, people, sights, and sounds at an early stage of their lives.
  • Pointers are active, so they need at least one to two hours of exercises every day. Keep in mind that this breed is highly intelligent so brain exercises are just as important as muscles exercises.
  • You should find them some physical and mental stimulation when you are away to prevent them from ruining your house.
Highlights:
  • Pointers are very active, and they require exercises every day. In other words, you should find some mental and physical stimulation for them. Don’t buy a Pointer if you are unable to give them exercises.
  • They can be very destructive without exercises or when they are bored. You might have to pay a lot in fixing your furniture and for the best, if you leave your Pointer unattended for a long period.
  • They are wonderful family dogs which can be friends with children and adults. However, keep them away from babies as your Pointer may accidentally hurt the baby by bumping into it.
  • You need a lot of space to raise your Pointer. For that reason, they are not suitable for apartment life as it can feel like a prison to them.

English Springer Spaniel

First of all, this dog breed was raised to be a gun dog to games in the field. Secondly, they are quite popular and they can be a companion for almost anyone. Also, they are athletic and versatile which makes them a worthy opponent in the hunting tests as well as agility test. In addition, emotionally stable and obedient, the English Springer Spaniels are a great partner for your camping and hunting trips.

English Springer Spaniel

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 10 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 55 pounds
  • Life Span: 9 to 15 years
  • English Springer Spaniels have a double coat, so they are quite resilient to weather changes, especially in cold climates.
  • While the undercoat is short and soft, the topcoat is flat and wavy. These coats can also act as a thick layer of armour which can be waterproof and thorn-proof while you are on a hunt.
  • They have several color combinations. The most common type of Springers is black with white markings. Some of them are blue or liver roan.
  • It is important to trim your Springer around the head, ears, neck and tail to give it a neater appearance and prevent your Springer from getting too hot because they have a double coat.
  • This double coat can be handy when hunting; they prevent air circulation and encourage bacteria build-ups on your dogs. Therefore, they need to be trimmed and cleaned regularly to prevent infections.
  • Furthermore, Springers require a lot of brushing. You need to brush them at least three times a week to keep them looking good.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Furthermore, puppies may eat as much as 4 cups a day.

Traits:
  • Springers are friendly and are easy to be pleased.
  • They are easy-going and obedient. If you are someone who is just getting used to dogs, it is advised that you own an English Springer Spaniel.
  • They need some exercises every day.
  • They need you to care for them.
  • They like to be petted.
  • Just like any other kind of dogs, Springer Spaniel needs socialization and training in the early stages of their lives.
Highlights:
  • They are quite tolerant but still, they don’t like to be left alone for too long. If you see your Springer barks a lot, it could mean that you’ve been leaving it alone for too long.
  • Next, you should buy or get your Springer from a reliable breeder. Your dog can be overly aggressive or too submissive if you get them from an irresponsible breeder.
  • Springer Spaniels are not good guard dogs so you don’t expect them to be too protective. They do bark when there are strangers around, but they can stop after a short period.
  • While you are hunting, make sure that you keep your Springer on a leash because this breed has very high tendency to chase their prey.

Irish Setter (birds and chickens hunting)

Originally gundogs, Irish Setters are an enthusiastic breed. They are friendly, highly energetic and can be mischievous, inquisitive. They are great companions for families. They also do very well on the hunting grounds and sports activities.

Irish Setter

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 2 feet, 1 inch to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
  • Life Span: 11 to 15 years
  • Recognized by their beautiful chestnut coat, the Irish Setters are one of the most beautiful breeds.
  • Their coats are moderately long, straight and silky. To keep your Irish Setters coat nice, you need to brush it once every day, so it is tangle-free.
  • Their fur is quite long, so you need to check it often to see if there is debris or bugs. Bathe them frequently to keep them in good shape and stay healthy.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Irish Setters are playful, friendly, fun-loving and affectionate.
  • They can be mischievous and a little stubborn sometimes. They love people, and they love being close to people. They aren’t good guard dogs, but they are wonderful watchers.
  • They will bark to let you know if there is any stranger getting close to your property. Another characteristic of these dogs is that they are quite slow to mature. So regardless of their age, they might still be rolling around and play with you like puppies.
  • Similar to other kinds of dog, Irish Setters need socialization during the early stages of their life.

This means that you should take your dog out often and let it meet other people. Regularly exposed to different scents, lights and sounds can help your dog to develop on the right track. Take your dog to the park often; they love parks.

  • Having good experiences about the surrounding world is the basic step of training your dog to become a hunting dog.
Highlights:
  • Irish Setters can become attached to people quickly so they can suffer from great separation pain if taken away from their owner. They tend to have destructive behavior if they are not close to their owner for a long time. So, be there for them.
  • They are an excellent companion when you go hunting for birds as they are capable of running a long distance without getting tired. Their energetic spirit can help you a lot in gathering birds that got shot.
  • Like any other dogs, they need exercises for at least one hour a day. Many suggested that you should exercise them twice a day for about half an hour each time.
  • You need to train them to be disciplined and obedient before actually taking them to go hunting. Their mischievous nature can be an obstacle for you.

Brittany

Bred as gundogs, they are often called Brittany Spaniels. Energetic and versatile, this breed works close to the hunter than another pointing breed.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 5 inches to 1 foot, 8 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 30 to 40 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 13 years
  • They have dense and wavy hair. They are usually orange and white or liver and white.
Feeding:

Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Happy, so you need to spend less time with them compared to others.
  • Alert so they shall help you a lot in scouting your target when hunting.
  • Quite smart, so they would help you to find ways to approach your targets on the hunt.
  • Fun-loving, and they enjoy being with people so schedule some play time with them.
  • Need socialization when they are young so that they can develop a good sense of the world around them and grow up to be a well-rounded dog.
Highlights:
  • Highly energetic, Brittanys need at least one hour of exercise each day. Otherwise, they become neurotic and destructive.
  • Be gentle and persist when training a Brittany as it doesn’t respond nicely to hash treatment.
  • You should get another dog as a company or send your Brittany to dog kindergarten because it is not very happy being on its own.
  • Brittanys may accidentally hurt your child because they are highly energetic. So keep your children supervised when playing with a Brittany.

Standard Poodle (water birds hunting)

They are a proud, clever and elegant breed of dog. They are also truly an affectionate family member with many talents. Thus, you must have seen them on TV and shows.

Standard Poodle

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
  • Height: From 1 foot, 10 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years
  • Their coat can come in many colors such as blue, black, white, silver, brown and cream. Their hair is curly and dense. It is interesting that their hair can be manipulated into many different shapes.
  • There are three sizes of Poodle: toy, miniature, and standard. These aren’t different breeds, just different sizes of the same dog. The Toy Poodle stands up to 10 inches tall, and weighs about six to nine pounds. The Miniature Poodle stands 11 to 15 inches tall and weighs 15 to 17 pounds. The Standard Poodle stands 15 inches and taller (usually 22 inches); males weigh 45 to 70 pounds and females weigh 45 to 60 pounds.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: Standards, 1.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals; Miniatures, 3/4 to 1 cup; Toys, 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Traits:
  • Quite intelligent so it won’t take long time to train them.
  • Loving and loyal. You can feel the attachment after a short time. They are great companions on the hunting ground as they will stick with you no matter what.
  • Love to play and are always up for any game. Spend a lot of time playing with them.
  • Outstanding for their trait of intelligence. They are said to own a human-like intelligence which can help you a lot while hunting for birds
  • The Poodle is protective of his home and family, and if strangers approach your house, he’ll sound a warning bark to let you know. And although he’s affectionate with his family, he may take a while to warm up to new people.
Highlights:
  • For their intelligence, they can act like an alpha dog of your family if you don’t train them well.
  • They need to be taken to a professional groomer regularly to stay beautiful and healthy. This means that you would have to pay more for grooming. You can still try this yourself, though. But it can be difficult.
  • Because of their intelligence and playful nature, obedience training is essential to keep your Poodle’s mind active.
  • Finally, to get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.

German Short-haired Pointer (chicken and bird hunting)

They are a versatile sporting breed which is compatible with many types of game. They are also an affectionate companion who will be by your side. In addition, they need a lot of exercises to stay in shape. They are probably guaranteed to be your best friend when you are alone.

German Short-haired Pointer

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years
  • They have a distinctive coat of liver and white.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Smart, friendly and enthusiastic.
  • On the hunting grounds, they are very calm and obedient. They can do things without being nervous.
  • Don’t like being left alone. However they can develop separation anxiety and be destructive.
  • They are house dogs so you wouldn’t have to worry too much about them running away.
Highlights:
  • GPSs are highly energetic and require at least one hour of intensive exercises every day.
  • They are people oriented, so it is quite easy for them to listen to you. They will keep you accompanied when you are alone.
  • If you leave them alone for too long, and they get bored. It is very likely that they will escape.
  • They are protective of their owner although they do not guard dogs.
  • GSPs bark at strangers and noises. They also are a bit reserved with strangers.

German Wirehaired Pointer (bird hunting)

Developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries, the German Wirehaired Pointers is a versatile hunting breed. In addition, they can excel on any terrain with their wonderful retrieving skills. They are also great companions for families.

German Wirehaired Pointer

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 14 years
  • The German Wirehaired Pointer has a functional double coat that protects him from wet and cold conditions as well as rough or heavy underbrush.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Extremely loyal toward their owners so don’t worry about them running away.
  • Good watchdogs which will bark at strangers when they get near your property.
  • Also an affectionate family member who loves human companionship.
Highlights:
  • Too suspicious with strangers, so it takes a long time for them to get used to new people.
  • Too independent and wander around if you don’t keep them active.
  • Can be slow to housetrain
  • If left alone too much can develop separation anxiety

Flat-Coated Retriever

Originally developed to be a retriever of land and water, the Flat-Coated Retrievers are famous for their obedience, agility. They are also ideal companions for people who are looking for an active dog.

 Flat-Coated Retriever

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 55 to 70 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • Their coat comes in solid black and silver (reddish brown). They have to feather on their ears, chest and legs.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 3.5 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Smart, friendly adaptable and cheerful, they are highly energetic.
  • Slow to mature. So, they would act like a puppy for a long time.
  • Need early socialization with the outside world to develop on the right track.
Highlights:
  • Require a lot of exercises (around 2 hours every day) to satisfy their highly energetic personality.
  • Can have destructive behaviors if they are separated from their owner in a long time.
  • Use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play, and food rewards. Keep training fun, interesting, and kind.
  • Flat-Coated Retrievers may eat their own poop, a habit known as coprophagy. Pick up poop as soon as possible if you don’t want your Flat-Coat to snack on it.
  • Flat-Coated Retrievers are not recommended for apartments.

Golden Retriever (bird hunting)

They are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. They are friendly and tolerant which is wonderful for a family dog. In addition, they excel at retrieving games.

Golden Retriever

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 55 to 75 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • They come in all shades of gold. Rarely, they can have a white coat.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Traits:

  • Tolerant and sweet, so they don’t have a lot of simultaneous actions.
  • Also very discipline on the hunting ground.
Highlights:
  • They are family dogs that need to live close to their human owner. Take them indoor.
  • You would need to brush them a lot during spring and autumn to keep them in good shape.
  • Need an hour of exercise daily.
  • Goldens love to eat, and will quickly become overweight if overfed.
  • Although they’re gentle and trustworthy with kids, Golden Retrievers are boisterous, large dogs that can accidentally knock over a small child.

English Setter

They are a medium-sized breed which is a part of the Setter family. Bred to be gun dogs, the English setters will hunt down their prey by sensing their scent in the air.

English Setter

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
  • Life Span: 11 to 15 years
  • They have an attractive coat that is either blue belton, orange belton or lemon belton with some tan.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • They are very kind and gentle which are unlikely to act simultaneously. There is not much to worry about them on a hunting trip as they should stay close by your side all the time.
  • English Setters will bark to announce you if there are any strangers approaching you.
  • Their temperament is affected by how you raise them. So, keep them in a positive environment and don’t treat them harshly.
  • They should be living with one of their parents. This will ensure that they will develop on the right track.
Highlights:
  • They can turn out to be destructive if you treat them harshly during the early stages of their lives.
  • They can gain weight quite easily so don’t let them eat too much.
  • They need a fenced yard as they can try to escape sometimes. They have good digging and jumping ability.
  • They can become nuisance barkers, so discourage this habit when they are young.
  • They can be difficult to potty train, so start early and be consistent.

Bird-hunting dog’s Comparison

Breed Pointers English Springer Spaniel Irish Setter Brittany Standard Poodle German Short-haired Pointer German Wirehaired Pointer Flat-Coated Retriever Golden Retriever English Setter
Size

(5 max)

3 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 3 3
Easy to train

(5 max)

5 4 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 3
Sensitivity level

(5 max)

3 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 5 4
Tolerance to weather/ terrains 3 5 3.5 2.5 3.5 3 3.5 4 3 3.5
Intelligence 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Energy level 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Speed (Prey drive) 5 5 5 5 2 5 4 3 3 5
Strength 5 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 2 2

Duck Hunting Dogs

a. Boykin Spaniel (Ducks and chickens hunting)

Known for their hunting skills, the Boykin Spaniels make good companions for their family and to the hunter.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 2 inches to 1 foot, 6 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 25 to 40 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • Rich silver, brown and dark coat.
Traits:
  • Smart, friendly, alert and confident.
  • On the hunting ground, they are not afraid and can follow the orders well.
Boykin Spaniel

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Highlights:
  • Need to socialize early to have better senses about the surrounding.
  • Exercising is an important part to help them to grow up to a hunting dog.

b.    Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Originally bred to be water dogs, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a dense coat along with their strength which makes them perfect for this purpose. They are also known as hunting dogs as well as a great companion.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • They can be any shade of brown that looks like camouflage.
Feeding:

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • They are a happy breed which requires a lot of training from their owners.
  • They have a strong work ethic, courage, an alert nature and intelligence.
  • They can be stubborn and need to be trained consistently.
  • Socialization is required in order for them to develop into a good hunting dog.
Highlights:
  • They need a lot of exercises. They are good swimmers so let them swim anytime if possible.
  • They are not to be raised by an inexperienced trainer as they require a lot of exercises and are hard to train.
  • They can be aggressive toward strangers and other dogs. They are also territorial so they are not so good at living with other dogs.
  • They may be combative toward other dogs.

Table 3 Duck-hunting dog’s comparison

Breed Size

(5 max)

Easy to train

(5 max)

Sensitivity level

(5 max)

Tolerance to weather Intelligence Energy level Speed (Prey drive) Strength
Boykin Spaniel 3 5 4 3.5 4 5 2 5
Chesapeake Bay Retriever 3 2 4 4 4.5 5 4 3

4.    Rabbit Hunting Dogs

a.    Bloodhound (rabbit hunting)

They ancestors were created in France to hunt deer and boar. They are highly active and intelligent. They have sweet nature and unique appearance.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 80 to 110 pounds
  • Life Span: 11 to 15 years
  • Bloodhounds are usually black and tan, sometimes red and tan or liver and tan.
Feeding:

Recommended daily amount: 4 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Bloodhound

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Traits:
  • Very good at smelling and can track your prey well.
  • Can be stubborn sometimes so train them but be gentle and persist.
  • Will have nice temperament if they can live near their parents.
Highlights:
  • Highly active, so you need to exercise them at least one hour a day.
  • Need a lot of space like the back yard, so they are not suited for apartment life.
  • Pack dog who would enjoy being with other dogs.
  • Can be slobber and shed.
  • Need a fenced yard.
  • Chew and swallow the most unimaginable items, from rocks and plants to batteries and TV remotes.

b.    Weimaraner (Rabbits hunting, deer hunting and bears hunting)

They were originally bred to handle big animals like deer and even bear. In addition, they are native German. Elegant and demanding, they are also popular in the hunting grounds.

Weimaraner

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 55 to 85 pounds
  • Life Span: 11 to 13 years
  • They have a dark gray nose. Their coat is short and ranges from mouse-gray to silver-gray.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • Friendly who can make great family dogs.
  • On the hunting ground, they are the perfect partner that you need. Highly alert, fearless and obedient, they can take down large preys with their strength and teeth.
  • Aggression and shyness are temperament flaws that are seen in this breed.
Highlights:
  • Have a lot of energy so give those exercises every day.
  • Can suffer from severe separation anxiety if separated from their owner.
  • Become suspicious and aggressive when meeting strangers.
  • Also, they are quite intelligent and can learn things quickly
  • Aren’t a soft-mouthed dog like a Golden Retriever and some have a low tolerance for small, furry animals, such as rabbits, and even cats and dogs.
  • Don’t like living outdoors. They require a lot of attention and want to be close to you.

c.    Labrador Retriever

They are a useful working breed who helped fisherman with their works in the past. They are also a friendly companion. On the hunting fields, they help the hunter to retrieve the prey.

Labrador Retriever

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • Their coat comes in chocolate, black and yellow.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • They are one of the most easy-going breeds with a sweet nature.
  • They are very obedient and will rarely make you sad.
  • They are friendly to both people and animals.
  • They are so intelligent that you can train them in just a few months.
  • They are active and are willing to work with you.
Highlights:
  • One distinctive feature about them is their extreme need for eating. They also love to eat and become obese quickly. Thus, you don’t over -feed them.
  • They have a lot of energy, so they require exercises for minimum one hour a day.
  • They are not escape artists. But still they get bored and are without exercises for too long, they might dig holes or climb fences to escape.
  • Finally, they are America’s number one dog. There are so many people breeding this kind of dog so make sure that you get one from a reliable source. Improperly raised Labs maybe turn out to be destructive.

Table 4 Rabbit-hunting dog’s comparison

Breed Size

(5 max)

Easy to train

(5 max)

Sensitivity level

(5 max)

Tolerance to weather Intelligence Energy level Speed (Prey drive) Strength
Bloodhound 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4
Weimaraner 4 4 5 3.5 5 5 5 5
Labrador Retriever 4 5 5 4 5 5 2 5

II.    Big-game Hunting Dog Breeds

1.    Raccoon Hunting Dogs

a.    Treeing Walker Coonhound

This breed has a serious passion for hunting. They are probably distinctive in their short, clear bark and some can be shy, but they are all hounds.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 8 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 13 years
  • They have a smooth and tricolor coat (white, black and tan).
Traits:
  • Easy-going, friendly, so they are suitable for families.
  • Need to live with their packs to maintain a positive mental attitude.
Treeing Walker Coonhound

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Highlights:
  • It can be extremely hard to train them because they can be distracted easily.
  • Give them early socialization with the outside world so that they can develop their senses better if you want to raise them into hunting dogs.

b.    Bluetick Coonhound (Raccoons hunting)

They are fast and deadly on the hunting grounds. Blueticks are fine housedogs, and they love people.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 6 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 100 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • They have a smooth dark blue coat. In addition, there are small black spots on their back, ears, and sides.
Bluetick Coonhound

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Traits:
  • Protective and will bark when strangers are approaching your property.
  • Have a high tendency to wanderlust so you need to build high fences to keep them in.
  • Very friendly toward people, too.
Highlights:
  • It can be extremely difficult to train Blueticks because they can be distracted easily. Thus, you should be patient and persist with them as it will take an even year for a Bluetick to be trained.
  • Not very tolerant to weather changes so you should give them a health check often. Also, you can make a small coat to keep them warm during the winter.
  • Hate being alone so taken them to dog kindergarten or take them to work if possible.

c.    Redbone Coonhound (Raccoons hunting, lions hunting and bears hunting)

They are medium-sized hounds who are distinctive by their gorgeous red coat. Also, they can bark a lot when on a hunt and not on a hunt.

Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • Their coat is short and very smooth. Thus, they come in rich, deep red.
Redbone Coonhound

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Traits:
  • An affectionate family member because they are incredibly friendly toward children.
  • Not very friendly toward strangers so they can bark at them on sight.
  • Can be adaptive, but it is not very easy to train them
  • They also bark a lot at home, so make sure you live out in the country or have very tolerant neighbors.
Highlights:
  • They maybe suffer from severe separation anxiety if they are kept away from their owners.
  • Yet, they are not good at standing against weather changes. This is one of their weaknesses while being on the hunting grounds.
  • It is quite easy to groom them so you should brush them once a week.
  • Finally, you should build fences in your backyard to prevent them from wandering around.

d. Black Mouth Cur

Originally bred in the Southeast of America, the Black Mouth Cur is a hunting and cattle dog. In addition, they are well-muscled and also help you on the hunting grounds as well as taking care of simple works.

Appearance:
Weight Male 40 lb (18 kg) and over
Female 35 lb (35 lb) and over
Height Male 18 in (46 cm) and above
Female 16 in (41 cm) and above
Coat Short and dense.
Color Red, yellow and fawn; black; brown; buckskin; or brindle; with or without black muzzle or mask.
Traits:
Black Mouth Cur

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  • They are great family dogs which are friendly toward other dogs and people.
  • They can be very sociable if they are trained properly.
  • They are an extremely smart breed which can learn new things quickly. They probably develop a bond with you in just a few weeks.
  • They are very sensitive and can suffer from separation anxiety if they are far from their owner for a long period of time.
Highlights:
  • These dogs are very sociable and they need human companions all the time. You should take them to work with you and keep them close to you whenever possible. It is also a good idea to let them attend puppy kindergarten. Just try not to leave them alone.
  • Like any other dogs, they require a lot of exercises every day to burn their energy because they are a working breed.
  • They should be trained with love and persistence. They can turn out to be destructive if they are treated harshly.

Table 5 Raccoon-hunting dog’s comparison

Breed Size

(5 max)

Easy to train

(5 max)

Sensitivity level

(5 max)

Tolerance to weather Intelligence Energy level Speed (Prey drive) Strength
Treeing Walker Coonhound 4 2 5 3 4 4 4 4
Bluetick Coonhound

 

3 2 5 3 4 5 4 4
Redbone coonhound 3 3 5 2.5 4 4 4 4
Black Mouth Cur 4 4 5 3 5 5 3 4

2.    Board Hunting Dogs

a.    American Pit Bull Terrier (Boards hunting)

They are a good companion for families although being unacceptable unfriendly towards strangers. Their tenacity, gameness, and courage maybe make the hunting much more interesting.

American Pit Bull Terrier

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 5 inches to 1 foot, 7 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 30 to 85 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 16 years
  • They come in all kind of colors: black and white, red, blue, brown. In addition, they have a short and shiny coat.
Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Traits:
  • They love people but can be aggressive toward strangers, so it takes time for them to get along with someone.
  • However, they are not good at being guard dogs despite from their size.
  • Next, they need early socialization to develop into a well-rounded dog.
  • While their love of people makes them failures as guard dogs, their courage is unmatched and they will defend their family with their lives.
Highlights:
  • They require a lot of attention from their owner, so they are not a good option for busy people.
  • They maybe suffer from separation anxiety if they haven’t seen their owner in a long time.
  • Quite aggressive in public so they should be leashed.
  • Buy them some toy to chew because they have a great need to chew.

b.    Dogo Argentino (Boards hunting)

They are known as Argentine Mastiff and they are muscular dogs which were originally developed in Argentina for big-game hunting.

Appearance:
Weight Male 40–45 kg (88–99 lb.)
Female 35–40 kg (77–88 lb.)
Height Male 60–68 cm (24–27 in)
Female 60–65 cm (24–26 in)
Coat Short
Color White
Traits:
  • Can be an affectionate family member because they love children and love being with them.
  • Quite disciplined so it is not very hard to train them.
  • Finally, they need to live with their packs to develop a positive mental attitude.
Dogo Argentino

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Highlights:
  • They are also trained to be search and rescue dog. They are also great in doing services and being a guide for the blinds.
  • Need socialization at early stages of their lives so that they can do well in the things they do.

c.    Mountain Cur

Bred for their working ability, the Mountain Curs are hardworking, energetic breed that can take care of you and cheer you up.

Appearance:
  • Height: 18-26 inches
  • Weight: 30-60 pounds
  • They have a thin coat which comes in blue, yellow and brown.
  • Life span: 14- 16 years
Traits:
  • Highly intelligent and take their master seriously. It is quite easy to train them, and once they are trained, they turn out to be extremely obedient.
  • They are so protective that they can attack strangers and other dogs that get close to their owner.
  • Great hunter and guard dogs who can work restlessly.
Highlights:
  • First of all, they can adapt themselves to fit in the lifestyle of their owner.
  • They are quite obedient and discipline so you wouldn’t have to worry about them running away.
  • Furthermore, they can give those exercises and socialization so that they can fully develop their skills and potentials.

d.    Rhodesian Ridgeback (boards, lion hunting)

This breed is created in Africa to be hunters and guard dogs and they are very smart but also stubborn. Yet, unlike other dogs, they have a calm spirit and are not very energetic.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 2 feet to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 70 to 85 pounds
  • Life Span: 10 to 12 years
  • They have light wheaten or red wheaten coat. Some of them have black on their muzzle, ears and eyes.
Traits:
  • They are independent and intelligent. This means that although they understand what you want, they are still so stubborn and don’t want to listen to you.
  • You need to carry out the training with persistence and love.
  • Very high prey drive for their origins of hunting dogs. So it is not advised to let them live with other pets.
  • Don’t need that much exercise, but we still recommend to take them out once a day.
  • For their high prey drive, they can be distracted and disobedient so build a high fence around your garden to prevent them from wandering around the streets.
Highlights:
  • First of all, they are quite tolerant but can be aggressive towards children and other animals.
  • However, we do not recommend for first-time owners as it can be hard to train them. Also, they can ruin your house if you treat them harshly. But it is hard to maintain your calmness why treating these stubborn dogs.
  • Another, they can become very destructive when they are bored.
  • Start the training at the very young age of their life or it can be very difficult.
  • Flexible to live in any environment. Just make sure that you care for them.
  • Don’t bark a lot but still, they can bark to announce you if there are anything unusual.
  • Finally, if they are bored, they can be digging holes to escape so take good care of them.

e.    Lacy dogs (boars hunting)

Also, people called them “Blue Lacy,” this breed was developed in Texas in the 19th century. Besides, they are the official State dog breed of Texas. They are quite popular in the United States.

Appearance:
Weight Male 16 to 23 kg (35 to 50 lb.)
Female 11 to 20 kg (25 to 45 lb.)
Height 46 to 53 cm (18 to 21 in)
Coat smooth
Color blue, red, tricolored
Traits:
  • Intelligent and highly alert. They can help you a lot in spotting your preys and approaching them.
  • We can develop them to be both hunting and herding dogs.
  • They are also a great determination for big hunting games.
  • Highly energetic to the point that they can’t control themselves.
Lacy dogs

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Highlights:
  • Firstly, for being too energetic, they need intensive exercises for more than one hour every day. Without fiscal years, it’s difficult for them to sit still and they can ruin your house.
  • Secondly, quite easy to train, and they can learn new things quickly.
  • Thirdly, they are a working breed so we recommend to give them a job. Therefore, they can burn their energy.
  • Also, hunters have recognized them for their great tracking skills.
  • Finally, very healthy and have been developed for generations to meet the requirements of hunters. They can work in hard terrain with little conditions. They can stand against the hot and cold weather of Texas.

f.    Plott Hounds (boars, lions, bears hunting)

They are a pack-hunting breed that was originally developed in North Carolina during the 18th century. Till these days, they are still used as pack hunters. They are also used in sports and tracking.

Plott Hounds

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Appearance:
  • Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
  • Height: 1 foot, 8 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Weight: 40 to 75 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 14 year
  • They come in any shade of brindle (specks and streaks of light and dark marking). They can have chocolate, yellow, orange, gray, blue, liver, black brindles.
Traits:
  • Confident, bright, kind and courageous. On the hunting ground, when given a mark, they will rush recklessly at their prey and begin to attack.
  • Also, very strong in number and can even take down a lion or a bear.
  • In addition, extremely loyal towards their owner and often need little time to get used to a stranger. They can get along with other dogs but still, the hunting breed is not that friendly.
  • Excellent watch dogs and guard dogs which are protective toward their family.
  • Furthermore, can learn the hunting process very quick and excel in the fields as they were originally born to do so.
  • Another, like any other dogs, the Plotts need early socialization to develop on the right track. You need to take it out often (at least once a day) to expose to sounds, lights, scents and people. Every hunting dog needs that.
  • Finally, ee recommend to enroll them into puppy kindergarten so that they can get used to being with other dogs.
Highlights:
  • They can probably get along well with other dogs since they are pack-hunters but don’t expect them to be too friendly.
  • Socialization seems like a must for Plotts. Therefore, their behaviors can be aggressive without proper training.
  • They also can be friendly and protective towards children. But, we do not recommend to let them live with children as they can hurt your child.
  • Not recommended for inexperienced owners, either.
  • Finally, need to be leashed or kept in a fenced yard since they have the tendency to walk away and pursuit scents. Thus, they can wander into traffic and cause accidents.

Table 6 Board-hunting dog’s comparison

Breed American Pit Bull Terrier Mountain Cur Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogo Argentino Lacy Dogs

(Blue Lacy)

Plott Hound
Size

(5 max)

3 3.5 4 3 3 3
Easy to train

(5 max)

4 4.5 2 5 4 4
Sensitivity level

(5 max)

4 4 4 4 4 4
Tolerance to weather 2.5 3 2.5 3.5 5 3
Intelligence 4 4 4 4 4 3
Energy level 4 4 4 4 5 4
Speed (Prey drive) 3 3 5 3.5 4.5 5
Strength 5 3 4 4 4.5 4

Conclusion

In conclusion, hunting is a great and unforgettable experience. It can be even better with your lifetime companion by your side. However, it is not easy to pick the right Hunting Dog Breeds for yourself. It is because there are a lot of things that you need to consider when picking your dogs. Besides, your lifestyle and living environment can negatively affect your dogs, or it can enhance the natural power of those who fit your style.

Reminder: Be picky and select the right Hunting Dog Breeds for yourself. Getting your dog from a reliable source of breeder is vital. Although you may have to pay more money, it guarantees that your dog has been well-taken care of since it was a puppy.

Also, your dog can develop boredom and destructive behaviors if you do not take care of them the right way.

Finally, if you are considered to go hunting with your dogs, get them used to the surroundings, the terrains since they are young. At the bottom line, dogs love human although they can be stubborn sometimes. Be gentle and caress for them.

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