We all know that dogs make great companions, but did you know that they have a much longer history of serving utilitarian purposes? Humans and dogs are believed to have been hunting since long before dogs were entirely domesticated. They are intuitive, have sharp instincts, and happen to be versatile runners and catchers. Not only are they fiercely loyal to their owners, but they will also do everything in their capacity to ensure that their owner catches the prey.
Top 10 Hunting Dog Breeds
10. Irish Setter
This breed has its origins in Europe, more specifically, Ireland. This breed of dogs is not only perfect for hunting but also super lovable. They are specifically good at setting or locating and pointing out upland game birds. These tireless, wide-reaching hunters are well suited to fields and wet or dry Moorish terrains. Irish Setters make use of their strong auditory senses to locate the prey after which they hold a specific position indicating the hiding spot of the prey to their owners.
Coonhounds have sharp noses and will root out their namesake pests like Raccoons for their keepers. These fierce field trackers have cold noses meaning that they can sniff out animals that have been there days ago. Coonhounds chase their prey to treetops and keep them there with their loud barking till the dog’s owner reaches the spot. If you’re looking for a hunting dog that will travel through all conditions and terrain types then this might be the perfect breed for you.
8. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
This breed is for duck hunting on the shores of its namesake, Chesapeake Bay. This is an energetic, a water-loving dog with the endurance and high intelligence to sustain themselves through a long day of hunting. This breed has its origins in America in the late 19th century when the original breeders were trying to breed a hard-working dog that could handle Chesapeake Bay’s icy waters on long durations of hunting. Needless to say, they were hugely successful.
These German dogs were originally used for hunting nearly everything, from upland birds to bears. This breed is fast and unusually calm, perfect for hunting game birds, waterfowls, and even predators. This dog makes a wonderful companion owing to their effective hunting, tracking, pointing, and retrieving capabilities.
6. Golden retriever
This is one of the most popular breeds of dogs on the planet, ranking number three in AKC’s popularity rankings. Golden retrievers are also wonderful small game hunters, just like their Labrador cousins. They have a high level of energy and their origins as a hunting dog is in the Scottish Highlands. These hyper-energetic and friendly dogs are perfect as a household breed for the kids and as a hunting companion for the parents.
Their very name reflects their ruthless hunter spirits. These scent hounds have very strong noses and unparalleled tracking abilities which make them great hunting dogs. In fact, bloodhounds may be the best for tracking on this entire list. Being anywhere from 80 to 120 pounds, these dogs are huge, strong, and vicious hunters.
The Pointer is a breed with a thin coat that thrives in the warmer weather of the Southern United States of America. This particular sporting breed makes for the perfect companion when it comes to finding and bagging upland game birds in large patches of grasslands. Remember that there are a number of Pointers, including German shorthaired pointers, German wirehaired pointers, and English pointers.
The Beagle is a small dog perfect for hunting purposes because of its persistence, energy, and love for chasing animals down. Even though it’s short legs act as an obstacle in the pursuit of the bigger game, Beagles are great hunting partners if you’re looking to hunt smaller plays like rabbits and raccoons.
2. American Foxhound
Loyal to its name, these dogs are bred specifically for hunting foxes. The American foxhound is a great dog for hunting because they are energetic and will chase down anything you tell them to.
1. Labrador Retriever
As its name suggests, this Retriever breed makes wonderful water dogs and will go to any lengths to retrieve your kill. These dogs come armed with lots of energy and a thick winter coat which means that they can last long hours outdoors in the cold or on big ranches. The Labrador retriever is best for duck hunting, but they can help you out with any kind of small game. Just make sure that your hungry lab doesn’t eat up your prey.
In conclusion, these are the top 10 hunting dog breeds out there. They make for fierce hunters and lovable partners. If you want to find out more about dogs and canine care or feature your own buddy on our site, sign up and create an account on Monkoodog!