HUNTING DOGS ARE USED MAINLY FOR SMALL GAME, WATERFOWL AND CERTAIN PREDATORS.
There are five kinds of hunting dogs, each of which does specific work and is sometimes associated with certain kinds of game.
• Used to retrieve waterfowl and small game.
• Main breeds: Labrador, golden retriever, Chesapeake Bay.
• Used to follow fur-bearing game (hare, fox, coyote, raccoon, bears, etc.)
• They track game by barking, signaling its direction to the hunter.
• Main breeds: beagle, redbone, bluetick, walker, fox-hound.
• Used for small game birds (woodcock, grouse).
• They walk the terrain in search of game.
• They detect birds, stopping and “pointing” where they find them.
• Main breeds: setters, pointers, braques, griffons, spaniels.
• Used for hunting game birds;
• Work close to the hunter, flush out the game and force it to take flight
• Main breeds: springers, cockers.
Blood tracking dogs
• Used to find large injured game.
• With their sense of smell, they follow the scent of an animal that is giving off the odour of a wound, whether or not there is blood.
• Main breeds: teckel, basset hound, German shepherd, beagle, border collie, German braque, Weimar braque, Portuguese water dog, Hanover hound, Labrador, springer spaniel, etc.