Sporting Dogs


For many centuries, Sporting breeds have been employed to find, flush out and retrieve game birds. The group includes a variety of retrievers, pointers, setters and spaniels.

Activity level

Size Most are medium in size, with the American Cocker Spaniel being the smallest of the crew and the English, Irish and Gordon Setters the largest.


The ability to respond to a variety of commands is a must for the Sporting set. Most take quite happily to a training regime.


The Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever are two of the most popular choices for obedience competition, attesting to the Sporting set’s willingness to please and desire to work.