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What are considered sporting dogs? The AKC officially recognizes 32 breeds as being in this group, the most well known of which are the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. Within this group are four subcategories of sporting dogs: Spaniels, Pointers, Retrievers, and Setters.
What are the characteristics of sporting dogs? Sporting group:
They are loyal and trainable. These dogs can also be successful therapy dogs, assistance dogs and search/rescue dogs. They are generally very athletic, active and strong and will need plenty of exercise, and maybe even a job such as agility or fly ball.
What were sporting dogs bred to do? Breeds in the Sporting Group were bred to assist hunters in the capture and retrieval of feathered game. Retrievers, built for swimming, specialize on waterfowl, while the hunting grounds of setters, spaniels, and pointing breeds are grasslands where quail, pheasant, and other game birds nest.
Is a German Shepherd a sporting dog? As a very active and athletic breed, the German Shepherd requires lots of exercise for his physical and mental well-being.