Gundog Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retriever, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve and Setters although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs. It is said that they are perhaps the most intelligent of the breeds, resulting in their wide variety of uses and their ease of training. They are active dogs requiring plenty of exercise and attention.

Glossary of Canine Terms

Breed Standard Weights Conversion Chart

Show Gundog Working Certificate (pdf) - all breeds within the Gundog Group are eligible for this certificate.

Suitability Grid

Click on each breed for pictures, the Breed Standard and Breed Club information.

Breed Size Grooming Exercise Locality Lifespan
Bracco Italiano L LT CON C B
Brittany M LT CON C B
English Setter L MOD CON T/C B
German Longhaired Pointer L MOD CON C B
German Shorthaired Pointer L LT CON C B
German Wirehaired Pointer L MOD CON C B
Gordon Setter L MOD CON C B
Hungarian Vizsla L LT CON C B
Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla L MOD CON C B
Irish Red and White Setter L MOD CON C B
Irish Setter L MOD CON T/C B
Italian Spinone L MOD CON C B
Kooikerhondje M MOD MOD T/C B
Korthals Griffon L MOD CON C B
Lagotto Romagnolo M MOD CON C B
Large Munsterlander L MOD CON T/C B
Pointer L LT CON T/C B
Retriever (Chesapeake Bay) L MOD CON C B
Retriever (Curly Coated) L MOD CON C B
Retriever (Flat Coated) L MOD CON T/C B
Retriever (Golden) L MOD CON T/C B
Retriever (Labrador) L LT CON T/C B
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) M MOD MOD T/C B
Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer L MOD CON C B
Small Munsterlander (no breed standard currently) M MOD CON C B
Spaniel (American Cocker) M CON CON T/C B
Spaniel (American Water) (no breed standard currently) TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC
Spaniel (Clumber) L MOD MOD C B
Spaniel (Cocker) M CON MOD T/C B
Spaniel (English Springer) M MOD CON T/C B
Spaniel (Field) M MOD CON C B
Spaniel (Irish Water) L MOD CON C B
Spaniel (Sussex) M MOD CON C B
Spaniel (Welsh Springer) M MOD CON T/C B
Spanish Water Dog M MOD MOD C B
Weimaraner L LT CON T/C B

 

KEY:
SIZE S = Small M = Medium L = Large XL = Extra Large
GROOMING LT = Little MOD = Moderate CON = Considerable  
EXERCISE LT = Little MOD = Moderate CON = Considerable  
LOCALITY T = Town C = Country T/C = Town or Country  
LIFESPAN A = Under 9 years B = Over 9 years C = Over 15 years  

 

 

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