Hunting dog breeds
Are you seeking a hunting companion or a naturally active and alert dog who is also likeable and well-rounded? There are many dogs who may just be perfect, including spaniels, pointers, retrievers and setters.
To make it easy for you, we have put together a list of the most popular hunting dog breeds in Australia. Learn more about their history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to guide you to choose the right hunting dog for you!
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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. The breed is tall and sturdy with a muscular body and covered in a thick, course coat of fur.
American Bulldogs are are strong, stocky dogs that look tough but have have a gentle and sensitive nature. They are friendly, affectionate and make great watch dogs.
The American Foxhound is bred to hunt foxes and other game. This scenting pack hound has tremendous hunting instincts, a keen sense of smell and great energy to run for hours.
The Basset Hound is a medium-sized domesticated dog with short, muscular legs and a pair of long drooping ears.
Beagles are famously gentle, even-tempered small to medium size dogs that are very popular with families. They are very social, love kids and make great companions.
Border Terriers are good natured and energetic small sized dogs that love to hunt and dig. They have a have a scruffy, wiry coat that gives them a cute, ‘junkyard dog’ appearance.
These are tough, active, large size dogs that are exceptional hunters of wild pigs and other feral animals. They are loyal, confident and even-tempered, making them excellent guard dogs.
Cairn Terriers are cute, scruffy looking small size dogs with loads of energy and personality. Best known as the dog in The Wizard of Oz, they love being part of the family and being busy and active.
The amiable, regal and laid-back Clumber Spaniel is an old hunting companion of kings and royalty, an entertaining best friend and a gentlemanly housemate.
Cocker Spaniels are affectionate, loyal and energetic medium-sized dogs with distinctively large ears. Great with children, the elderly and other pets, they make fantastic family dogs.
Dachshunds are lovable, independent little dogs with a distinctive, long body and short legs. They have an independent but loyal nature and a bright personality.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a medium size hunting dog. His body is designed for endurance and agility rather than speed. He is specialised hunter of giant elk, or moose, and other large game such as wolves and bears.
The English Pointer (or simply “Pointer”) is a large breed of dog originally bred as a gun dog. They are one of the oldest breeds in England, dating back over 3 centuries.
Affectionately called the ‘Field’, she bears a familial resemblance to Cocker, Springer, and Sussex Spaniels. She has a well-balanced, upright carriage, a docile, unassuming attitude and an intelligent expression.
The Fox Terrier is a small sized dog that comes in two varieties: Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.
German Short Haired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointers are a large sized dog. Their coats are short, thick, and water-repellent with the head area featuring softer hair than the rest of the body.
Golden Retrievers are smart and friendly large-sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
Greyhounds are large dogs of incredible speed that are best known as racing dogs. Very gentle, loving and affectionate, they are just as happy indoors with their people.
Developed in England as a working dog to hunt hare, Harriers have all the essential attributes of a scenting pack hound. Running and scenting abilities are particularly significant features of the breed.
The Hungarian Vizsla (simply referred to as “Vizsla”) is a medium -sized dog originally bred in Hungary for hunting.
The Irish Setter, also known as the Red Setter, is a large sporting dog that can live up to 14 years. The Setter’s long and feathery coat is mahogany or rich chestnut in colour.
The Italian Spinone is a rugged hunting dog that descended from ancient Italian dogs to hunt in harsh terrain. This skilful all-rounder is known for versatility and adaptability.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell is a small and spirited domesticated dog of the terrier family. Compact, muscular and very energetic, Jack Russells are known as the small dog with the big attitude.
Labradors are sociable, intelligent and energetic large size dogs that are extremely popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions and assistance dogs.
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Originating in Louisiana in the south of the United States, the multi-purpose Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is trim yet also tough, well-muscled and powerful, possessing both agility and great endurance.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog (affectionately known as the Portie) is a medium-sized dog known for its thick, curly coat which is (in most cases) hypoallergenic.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are fast and powerful large-sized dogs that originated in Southern Africa. They are intensely loyal and independent dogs with a strong prey drive.
The Scottish Terrier is a small and sturdy breed of domesticated dog. High-spirited, fiercely independent, determined and very playful, the Scottish Terrier was developed from a number of the old highland terrier breeds several hundred years ago.
The Springer Spaniel, also known as the English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized gun dog, originally developed for the flushing-out and retrieval of game.
The Weimaraner is a lean and athletic-looking dog that was originally bred for hunting large game such as wild boars, deer and bears.
The Welsh Terrier (a.k.a. Welshie) is a small-medium dog similar in appearance to the Airedale Terrier and some claim it is the oldest breed native to the UK in existence today.