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Everyone knows who man’s best friend is. Your lovable, loyal, trusty dog. You count on him to bring you your slippers, lots of companionship and affection, but, can he you bring you a mallard or quail? Yes, sorry to inform all you hunting fanatics, but your Yorkie or Shitzu just isn’t going to cut it as a trusty partner out on the hunt. So if you’re looking for a dog to help you achieve greater hunting success, we’ve got a list of dependable breeds that were essentially bred for hunting. The list contains breeds that don’t just have the best snout to sniff out game, or the most stamina to retrieving it – but more so – which breed is right for you depending on what type of game you’re pursuing. So sorry Chihuahua lovers, but this list isn’t for you. It’s a list of the top 10 hunting dog breeds for the hunting fanatic, looking for a trusty companion who needs a bit of help with that big game catch.
The name says it all; Labrador Retrievers were bred for hundreds of years simply for one job: to retrieve. They’re the ultimate hunting dogs as they have tons of energy, a coat made for cold-weather, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to bring back your kill. If you’re a big small game hunter (especially game like ducks), the Lab is the perfect dog for you. Just make sure you feed him first, as you don’t want him eating your game on the way back to bringing it to you.
Is your sport fox hunting? Then just like the name suggests, the American Foxhound was bred to hunt foxes. But don’t let his name limit you, these dogs are also great for hunting deer, as their running skills are suitable for chasing down medium to large sized game.
Often seen as your stereotypical hunting dog, especially in Disney movies, Beagles are full of energy and were born to hunt. However, they’re handicapped a bit by their short legs. So as long as your game consists of varmint like rabbits and quail – then the Beagle is the perfect hunting companion for you.
If you’re hunting up north in the winter, then we’d point you elsewhere, as the Pointer’s coat disqualifies him from snowy terrain. But if you’re down south and are big on bagging birds, then the Pointer is perfect for you as he’ll point out (and this is where their name originates), where your game has landed after it’s been shot.
Just like their name says, Bloodhounds are out for blood. And they use their incredible strong sense of smell and tracking ability to find your game.
Like the Labrador Retriever, the Golden is the Lab’s close cousin. And just like Labs, they’re perfect small-game hunters. The reason to get a Golden over a Lab is if you want a more friendly companion at home after with the wife and kids, as Golden’s are as docile and lovable as they come.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Bred off the shores of Chesapeake Bay, just like retrievers, these dogs are highly energetic, super intelligent, water-loving, small-game hunting dogs.
If you’re in the need for speed, then the Weimaraner’s your boy. At first glance, they look awkward with their long legs. But those legs were built for speed, and can catch that quail or pheasant faster than any dog on this list.
The Coonhound is a trusty hunting companion. But here’s a dog that serves double duty, as back as home, he’ll rid your place of unwanted raccoons. Again, it’s all in the name, and the Coonhound will go to great lengths to make sure those unwanted garbage trolling pests vacate your property, immediately.
While the Pointer is the ideal dog for hunting quail down south, the Irish Setter is his up north counterpart. This dogs works miracles in colder climates, especially during turkey season.