Willful Sporting Dogs

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  • 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: 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, 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: 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: 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, 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.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
Gordon setters are happy, energetic dogs that make amazing companions for active families. Though rare in the U.S., this dog is well-loved by her adoring fans.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow
  • patterns: saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs that are ideal family companions. With their gentle nature, shining coats, and charming smiles, they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America. Learn more about living with these people-pleasing pups.