Which of the Following Hunting Dog Breeds is Best for You?

There are so many Hunting Dog Breeds to choose from that some new hunters might become overwhelmed. Not all dogs are created equal so it’s important to get all of the information you need before heading to a breeder. Our team here at Marsh Mutt has put together a list of five of the most popular bird dogs available to today’s hunter, along with a general description to help you understand the breed better.
  • Labrador Retriever:  Known to be the most popular dog in the United States, this breed is also know to be friendly and well behaved. With proper training this retriever can easily hand any hunting scenario placed in its path, and will train in a very bid able manner. They are also know to be very good with children.Best Hunting Dog Breeds the chesapeake bay retriever
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever:  Having started its heritage in the United States in the 19th century, this all American breed is known to be loyal and robustly tough. A family breed that will definitely test its boundaries, but will undoubtedly hunt in vigorously in any environment known to man. The Chessie is definitely a dog that will need a knowledgeable trainer, but has the ability to be the dog of a hunters lifetime.
  • Golden Retriever:  With their love of water and a passion for hunting, the Golden Retriever has gained popularity in the states as a gun dog. This is the 3rd most popular dog for families in the United States, but it is important to note that you should look for a hunting dog kennel when looking for a quality hunting lineage.
  • Boykin Spaniel:  In the 1900’s hunters from South Carolina developed this breed to help them in multiple hunting scenarios.  Meant for moderate climates, this versatile hunter can easily transition back and forth from upland to waterfowl with ease.
  • Curly Coated Retriever:  Established in the 1860’s by hunters in England, this retriever is known to be the tallest of the breeds It was produced to hunt both upland and waterfowl, and is still commonly hunted today.

Be Sure to Use a Reputable Dog Breeder

Any new hunting dog owner should use a reputable breeder. It is far more important to spend a little extra for a solid. healthy retriever than to increase your odds of having to deal with illness’s later in your hunting dogs life. Make sure the breeder offers a health guarantee, and has completed basic certification testing on both parents prior to breeding. Also, Best Hunting Dog Breeds Labrador RetrieverTo get the most out of your new hunting dog is to important to follow an established training program. This does not mean your dog will not be different, and need some adjustments, but it does mean that you gain a base of information to work with, and appropriate direction to continue taking your retriever down the right path. It’s also a good idea to join your local HRC Club, and get involved. Many of these clubs offer training days so your retriever can get extra help.

Marsh Mutt Offers a Vast Selection of Hunting Dog Supplies

Once you have decided which breed of hunting dog is best for you, be sure to buy all the appropriate training equipment necessary. Marsh Mutt has all the hunting dog supplies you need to get the job done right! Check out our selection of DVD’s, kennels, vests, and training collars. Don’t forget to join us on our Google+ page where you can get find exclusive deals on many of our products.

Josh Ward, Professional Retriever Trainer
OPERETRIEVERS.COM

2 Responses to “Which of the Following Hunting Dog Breeds is Best for You?”

  1. Jerry Larsen

    I don’t think there is a better all around hunting dog than a labrador retriever. I have owned and raised labs since 1971 with at least one and sometimes up to three labs in my kennel. Over the years, I have specialized in chocolate labs, even though the purists say that of the three main colors, they are the least likely to be a good choice. I have never found that to be true – there are great examples in all colors!!

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    • Brice

      Jerry, I whole heartedly agree with you. I live in northern ND and have a young chocolate lab. She has been an incredible pheasant dog and I am currently training her for waterfowl. The purist are snobby idiots in my opinion. The simple fact is that the chocolates came in the same litter as the other colors, therefore have the same lineage as the other colors. But my chocolate seems to be incredibly intelligent. Taught her the hold command in about 2 minutes she had it down.

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