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American Water Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

American Water Spaniel

Also known as the Brown Spaniel, this is an American breed that was developed in the Midwest to spring and retrieve waterfowl, but it's an all-around shooting dog that will also bring in rabbits, grouse, quail and pheasant.

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Boykin Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Boykin Spaniel

This medium-size dog is a sturdy and typical spaniel, bred to be a hunting dog with exceptional retrieving and flushing abilities. He is adept at both land and water retrieving, not shy to jump in the lake to pick up his prize.

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Brittany

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Brittany

The Breton peasant's hunting dog, known since the mid-19th century in the French province Brittany, this breed is thought to represent a cross between the English Setter and small French land spaniels. Square in outline, the Brittany is the smallest of the versatile gun dogs.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

In 1807, a British brig was shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland. Among the survivors were two dogs, Sailor and Canton, a male and female who grew up to become excellent water retrievers.

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Clumber Spaniel

LARGE DOG BREED

Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber is the slowest and heaviest of the spaniels. Its ancestors are believed to be the Basset Hound and a spaniel of continental origin. A French nobleman, the Duc de Noailles, created the breed.

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Cocker Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Cocker Spaniel

Happy but not yappy, the Cocker has won the hearts of millions of pet owners. The breed's ancestry is identical to that of the English Cocker, which was first imported to North America during the 1880s.

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Curly-Coated Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Curly-Coated Retriever

The first of the waterfowl retrieving breeds, the Curly-Coated Retriever is of British origin. Its likeness is depicted in sporting works of art dating back 300 years. At one time, the Curly Coat was the gamekeeper's favorite hunting dog.

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English Cocker Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

English Cocker Spaniel

Spaniels in various shapes and sizes have been valued both for their talents as gundogs and as appealing family pets. This is a medium-size sporting breed measuring 15 to 17 inches at the shoulder and weighing 26 to 34 pounds, making it slightly larger than the American Cocker Spaniel.

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English Setter

MEDIUM DOG BREED

English Setter

The English Setter is an elegant gundog that was well established in Britain before 1900. This handsome, affectionate sporting dog comes in a variety of colors: solid white; black, orange, liver or lemon with white, and tricolor.

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English Springer Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

English Springer Spaniel

Springers are so named because they were used to spring game for the sportsman's net. Largest of the land spaniels, the English Springer is a sturdy, active, balanced sporting breed. Males measure 19 to 21 inches at the shoulder, females 1 inch less.

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Field Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Field Spaniel

Psst! The Field Spaniel is one of the sporting world's best-kept secrets. Hidden under a noble and beautiful exterior is a loving, funny companion and a skilled, intelligent hunter. Part of this breed's lack of fame is due to the extremely low number registered in the U.S.

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Flat-Coated Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Flat-Coated Retriever

Credit for development of the Flat-Coated Retriever is given to a sportsman, S.E. Shirley, whose other noteworthy accomplishment was the founding of The Kennel Club (England) in 1873.

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German Shorthaired Pointer

MEDIUM DOG BREED

German Shorthaired Pointer

This handsome, all-purpose gundog was developed in Germany for the sportsman who wanted a companion that could hunt either fur or feather, on land or over water.

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German Wirehaired Pointer

MEDIUM DOG BREED

German Wirehaired Pointer

Toward the end of the 19th century, when European sportsmen wanted a particular type of hunting dog, they created it. In Germany a wirecoated all-purpose gundog that could withstand rugged working conditions and hunt dangerous quarry was desired.

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Golden Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a breed of British origin, developed in the mid-19th century by a Scotsman, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, who later became Lord Tweedmouth. A medium-size hunting dog they excel at retrieving fowl for hunters.

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Gordon Setter

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Gordon Setter

The Duke of Gordon developed the Gordon, the only Scottish setter, as a working setter early in the 19th century. The Gordon Setter's rugged build was well suited to working in dense cover in all weather.

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Irish Red and White Setter

LARGE DOG BREED

Irish Red and White Setter

The Irish Red and White Setter is believed to be the older of the two Irish Setter breeds, dating back to the late 1700s. The popularity of its solid-red cousin overshadowed it for many years until it nearly reached extinction.

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Irish Setter

LARGE DOG BREED

Irish Setter

Long before Big Red starred in the movie of the same name, the Irish Setter was a headliner both in the field and on the bench. With a long, lean head, well-feathered ears, tail, legs and underbody, and a strong ground-covering trot, the Irish Setter looks every inch an aristocrat.

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Irish Water Spaniel

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is a natural clown with an inquisitive, determined personality. A member of the ancient family of water dogs found in Europe, the IWS is probably closely related to the Poodle.

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Labrador Retriever

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Labrador Retriever

This dog has a retrieving jones. Lead a Lab to a body of water and it will retrieve all day: balls, sticks, and even children who might happen to go for a swim. Descended from dogs found in Newfoundland by explorers, fishermen and settlers, the Labrador Retriever evolved by natural selection.

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