A List of the Top 8 Hunting Dogs

Golden Retriever

They're good at hunting birds and small game. Goldens are loyal, eager, and trainable. They're great family pets and get along nicely with children. But they require action to exercise their thoughts and bodies.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are popular gundogs. This lively, loyal dog breed can swim in frigid water. Labradors are good duck-hunting dogs. Friendly and willing to please, Labs make great family pets when not hunting.


Beagles have a great nose and a loud voice. This breed primarily hunts bunnies. Beagles are fantastic family pets and good with youngsters.

English Springer Spaniel

English springer spaniels are great in flushing and chasing pheasants. The English springer spaniel's size helps it hunt in smaller settings. Springers make great household dogs when not working.


Pointers have a strong prey drive. Pointer hunts quail and pheasants energetically. The breed can hunt in warm weather. Pointers are loyal hunting and lounging buddies.

Bluetick Coonhound

The bluetick coonhound can track and hunt any animal it finds. This breed chases cougars and mountain lions. High-energy canines with good noses. Even when not hunting, they're vocal.

English Setter

He points, runs, and hunts. These retrieving dogs are good birdhunters. As their popularity grew, setters were divided into conformation and field. Hunting is best with smaller, lighter-feathered dogs.

Irish Setter

Irish setters are famed for their red coats and quickness. Like English setters, they come in display and field varieties. This breed is robust, hardworking, and determined to hunt birds. Friendly Irish setters

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