Dogs that are sporting and that are good with families

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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent and naturally curious, English cocker spaniels are compact hunting dogs bred to flush and retrieve game. These charming and cheerful pups also make great family pets—kids and seniors alike will find a loyal companion in this medium-size breed that adapts well to apartment living and the great outdoors. Learn more about English cocker spaniel colors, size, and temperament here.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, tricolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Full of energy and eager to please, the Brittany is a medium-sized breed that delights in all kinds of outdoor adventures with their owners.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
Pointers, commonly called English pointers, are intelligent, high-energy dogs who thrive as a hiking or hunting companion.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
English setters, the “gentlemen of the dog world,” are good-looking, athletic dogs who can impress in either the show ring or hunting in the field. This medium-sized dog requires a decent amount of grooming, but in return gives you a loving, loyal companion. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful
Though bred as a hunting dog, the wirehaired pointing griffon has evolved into a beloved companion thanks to his friendly demeanor, high intelligence, adorable scruffiness, and low-shedding coat.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
One of a small number of AKC-recognized breeds to be wholly developed within the 20th century, the Boykin spaniel is a brilliant, energetic, all-American dog with an eye toward hunting and water retrieval.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to train
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, willful, playful
The Chesapeake Bay retriever, the only American-bred retriever, is a loyal family dog who loves a job, whether that’s hunting, hiking, or splashing around in the cold water of his namesake. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers, or "tollers," are a medium-sized sporting breed originally bred as hunting companions. Learn more about the active and intelligent breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted, flecked / ticked / speckled, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, friendly, aloof
German wirehaired pointers are energetic, intelligent, loyal dogs that love spending time outdoors and are easy to train. If you're an avid hiker, a GWP might be for you.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Red Irish setters are some of the best family dogs around. Famously well-tempered, Irish setters make great, loyal companions for adults, while being gentle and energetic enough to be excellent playmates for children, too.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Spirited and puppy-like, bouncy flat-coated retrievers are a rare breed but prized as focused hunting companions, terrific show dogs, and loving family pets.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Rugged, intelligent, and bred specifically to work closely with humans, English springer spaniels are people-pleasing family dogs who can get along with a variety of other animals and in myriad living situations.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: curly
  • temperament: timid, willful, playful
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized, allergen-friendly dog that requires mental stimulation and physical exercise. This intelligent breed makes an excellent pet for owners who are willing to dedicate time to training.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, cream, red, white, gold / yellow, blue
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan, sable, flecked / ticked / speckled, merle
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Cocker spaniels are lively, sweet-natured, and beautiful—just the right size for many homes. A great option for families, cocker spaniels are highly trainable and affectionate. Read on to learn more about living with this beloved breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Labrador retrievers, or Labs as many know them, are an ideal combination of friendly and active, making them one of the most beloved family pets. Read on for more information about this most popular dog breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, loves water, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Smart, active, and super loyal, Vizslas are a friendly breed that enjoys burning their energy outdoors, whether hunting or jogging with their owner. Learn more about living with the people-oriented Vizsla.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: blue, gray
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Weimaraners are friendly, courageous, and obedient dogs with a striking appearance—thanks to their unique silver-grey coat—that draws a lot of attention. Highly energetic and affectionate, this breed needs just the right family fit.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion, hypoallergenic
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: curly, medium
  • temperament: gentle, timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Irish water spaniels are a rare breed with A+ personalities. These sweet, laid-back dogs have low-shedding coats, big brains, and affectionate natures, making them wonderful companions.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly, long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Barbets are smart, fun-loving, and affectionate dogs who make the perfect addition to any family. Whether you live in an apartment or on a farm, a curly-haired barbet will be your BFF.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
German shorthaired pointers are agile, athletic dogs who are always up for an outdoor adventure. Learn more about German shorthaired pointer puppies and dogs.