Wednesday, February 4, 2009

3 Good Things (sporting group edition)

From the AKC

Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. Members of the Group include pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels. Remarkable for their instincts in water and woods, many of these breeds actively continue to participate in hunting and other field activities. Potential owners of Sporting dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorating exercise.

1. Brittany

The Brittany was named for the French province where it originated… It is possible that native Brittany spaniels mated with English pointing dogs around 1900, intensifying their hunting prowess in the process.

The Brittany is strong, quick and agile, requiring exercise and activity to occupy his body and mind. He is a happy and alert dog who possesses willing attitude.

We call these dogs the “happy dogs”. If you’ve ever seen one in motion, you know exactly what I mean!


2. German Shorthaired Pointer

A versatile hunter and all-purpose gun dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer possesses keen scenting power and high intelligence. The breed is proficient with many different types of game and sport, including trailing, retrieving, and pointing pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, racoons, possum, and even deer.

This dog is the official icon of the WKC. And Carlee, a GSP, won Best in Show in 2005.


3. Spunoni Italiano

Vigorous and robust, his purpose as hardworking gun dog is evident. Naturally sociable, the docile and patient Spinone is resistant to fatigue and is an experienced hunter on any terrain. His wiry, dense coat and thick skin enable the Spinone to negotiate underbrush and endure cold water that would severely punish any dog not so naturally armored. He has a remarkable tendency for an extended and fast trotting gait.
How can not love a breed with a name like that? And it looks like a big terrier - bonus!


Honorable Mention: Weimaraner. Sure, they’re sleek, well-muscled, popularly photographed balls of fun, but one peed on my picnic basket when I was five. You just don’t forget (or forgive) a thing like that.

Next Up: Non-Sporting Group

Why Dog Week?


Christina said...

What, no labs?

Lynne said...

First, I have to apologize for the downright boringness of this particular post, and thank you for your comment.

While, as you know, I am a big fan of the Labs, I hardly think that anyone needs to be reminded about what wonderful pets they make. Further than that, though, I realize that I have little to offer in the way of commentary or insight about this group.

In doing this "3 Good Things" exercise about each of the groups, I realize that except for the Lab, I really have no use for this entire group!

Christina said...

Well, my dear, I have to admit that I'm not particularly reading these dog show posts for the words, per se--I'm in for the eye candy! It is interesting to read about the more unusual breeds, though, so please continue, and don't mind me.

Lynne said...

What? You're not hanging on my (or the AKC's) every word? So did you miss the part about the Weimaraner peeing on my picnic basket? That's a crying shame.