The 5 best hunting-dog breeds

The finest four-legged friends a Canadian bird hunter could have

By Jim McLennanJim McLennan

Hunter's best friends

A hunting dog is not a tool. A hunting dog is a backstage pass to the wild world. Hanging around with a good bird dog is a privileged part of the outdoor life, and different hunters choose different breeds for different reasons. Some people intentionally reject the mainstream and go with lesser-known breeds, but in Canada, the dogs you most often find working in the field for their human hunting buddies are Brittanys, English setters, English springer spaniels, German shorthaired pointers and Labrador retrievers. These breeds have stood the test of time for Canadian hunters in Canadian conditions. Here's why.

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