labrador retrieverGundog refers to a dog originally bred as a hunting companion often assisting in finding and retrieving live game, usually upland birds, in a variety of settings. This type of dog is registered in the breed registries of The Kennel Club in the Gundog Group category. Some hunting dogs are categorised by other kennel clubs in the Sporting Group.

Dogs under this category are called gundogs since their job is to point the location of the game so hunters can shoot them with a gun in close range. Dogs in the Gundog Group are naturally fearless, calm and alert. They must also have high stamina, able to pick up top speed when necessary. Gundogs are intelligent, which makes them easy to train especially in obedience. Obeying commands is crucial as gundogs are bred to perform at the direction of the hunter.

Gundogs, often referred to as "bird dogs", are well-rounded companions highly-prized for their remarkable instincts in hunting and other field activities, whether on water or in the woods.

The Gundog Group is made up of three subgroups based on their specific functions.

  • Pointers / Setters use their muzzle to point hunters toward a game, providing the perfect opportunity to move into a gun range.
  • Flushing dogs work closely alongside the hunters to flush birds to wing.
  • Retrievers are primarily sent to retrieve shot game.
Want a dog from the Gundog Group? Here is a list of all the dogs registered under the Gundog Group of The Kennel Club in the UK.
Advantages of owning a Gundog
  • Gundogs are affectionate and sociable.
  • They are relatively easy to train.
  • They have high stamina for field activities.
  • They are great protectors and companions.
  • They are hardworking and need a job to do.
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Reminder:
Despite the differences in functions, most gundogs often share common characteristics. However, this does not mean that you neglect to do your research. Do remember that each dog is unique and its personality is shaped by several factors including environment and training. With this said, find out more about the gundog you will likely want to purchase.

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