Best Hunting Dogs for Sporting Fun

The American Kennel Club declared the French Bulldog America's top dog in 2022, dethroning the Labrador Retriever.

Brittany Spaniels point and flush quail and pheasant well. They are lively, athletic, and affectionate family dogs, and their medium size makes them easy to travel with.

Squirrel hunters love the wiry Airedale Terrier. Bird hunting and fur tracking are also effective with them. Their "terrier" vigor, determination

This German breed is less widely recognized in the US than many other classic hunting dogs, yet they are praised for their adaptability. U.S. Pudelpointers fans

Another versatile hunting dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, tracks, points, and retrieves birds and other game. Not all GWPs are Drahthaars, which must pass many hunting exams.

Rabbit and small game hunters like beagles. Their keen scenting and compact size make them excellent tracking dogs.

Deer hunters love the athletic American Foxhound. They were trained to chase foxes, but their long legs and stamina make them good at chasing faster prey. 

The Labrador Retriever-like Chesapeake Bay Retriever, known as a "chessie," has a thick, curly coat. They excel in duck hunting and cold weather and water hunting. 

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