When purchasing good dogs hunting breeds, each breed will have their own particular health risk. Also, each will have their own particular exercise need to prevent any health problems from arising. So lets look at a few of the major and most popular dogs hunting bred and sold for the specific area of hunting. And it needs to be mentioned that most of the hunting dogs should have straight front legs, with the rear wide and straight, and a slight varying of angulations in the back legs depending on the breed type of the dogs hunting.
Labrador Retrievers are extremely popular over-all hunting dogs in the Sporting Group, with a number one ranking in the AKC. Originally an all-purpose water known from Newfoundland, it was known as the “St. John’s” Newfoundland in the 1800s. A working retriever, it is upper moderate on the energy level but high on the playfulness, affection, friendliness toward other pets, dogs, and unfortunatelystrangers that are welcomed by their owners in the homebut is of a high level watch dog when needed. The major health concerns for this breed are CHD, gastric torsion, retinal dysplasia/skeletal dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, and elbow dysplasia. Minor concerns are cataracts, OCD, CPRA, pyotraumatic dermatitis. Diabetes, entropion, and distichiasis are occasionally seen throughout its 10-12 year life span of these favorite dogs hunting breeds.
The German Short-haired Pointer is extremely popular, also known as the German Short-haired Pointing Dog or Deutsch Kurzhaar. Rated 24 in the AKC ranking, it is part of their Sporting Group breed that needs a moderate amount of training in this dogs hunting group. A day hunting dog that can live from 12 to 14 years, it can become frustrated if not given adequate exercise mentally and physically. The major health concern for this breed is lymphedema, with minor concerns consisting of CHD, entropion, gastric torsion, vWD, pannus, OCD. The testing that should be done on the puppy, and checking on up-to-date testing in the parents, are in the hip, eye and blood area.
The Brittany is a cross between small land spaniels and an English Settler back in the 1800s, which a rating of 33 in the AKC ranking and belonging to the Sporting Group. The leggiest of all the sporting dogs hunting breeds, they need a high amount of exercise and is very easy to train. Health issues that are high are CHD, with minor concerns of epilepsy and lipfold pyoderma. Extrememly friendly, this hunting dog has a high affection level and watchdog level.
English Pointers, or just Pointers, go way back to the 17th centuries, used to point hare with Greyhounds finishing the hunt for a cooperation of dogs hunting style. A ranking of 92 in AKC, it is high on energy, exercise, playfulness, affection, friendliness toward other dogs and pets, and watchdog ability levels. The major health risks are entropion, with CHD as a minor concern. Suggested testing for concern should be the hip and eye, with a proneness to tail-tip injuries.