Dogs aren’t just a man’s best friend, they are a trusty sidekick when it comes to hunting everything from rabbits and ducks to wild boar. But not every breed is built to hunt (think Chihuahua). We’ve broken down a few of our favorites.
Labrador Retriever. Retrievers were named Retrievers for a reason. They are the ultimate hunting dog. They have a thick coat suitable for the colder hunting season as well as loyal and willing to go to ultimate lengths like jumping in the cold water to retrieve your animal.
Bloodhound. Bloodhounds are ruthless hunters. They have a very strong sense of smell that gives them unmatched tracking capabilities. Bloodhounds are also very smart and learn quickly, getting you on the fast track to your next hunt.
Coonhound. Coonhound breeds are agile, fast and able to trek through all types of weather conditions and different terrain. They are great raccoon hunters, per their name, but can hunt all types of different animals.
English Pointer. English Pointers are great for bird hunting in the Southern states (their short coat makes the cold a little more difficult for them). These dogs are the perfect complement to an avid hunter, due to their high speed, intensity and focus.
Beagle. Beagles are better in packs, but are an ultimate hunter when it comes to small game, particularly rabbits. Beagles are also great life partners, ready to snuggle on the couch when they aren’t working.
Golden Retriever. Golden Retrievers are known as a stereotypical all-American family dog, but they are like their Lab cousins and great hunters. Extremely loyal, smart, patient and eager to please, they are perfect partners for small game hunting.
Did your favorite make the list? Of course, there are plenty of other well-qualified breeds that are great hunting partners. Let us know your favorite!
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