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Gun dogs, also gundogs or bird dogs, are types of dogs developed to assist hunters in finding and retrieving game, usually birds. Gun dogs are divided into three primary types: Retrievers, flushing dogs, and pointing breeds. Some kennel clubs define a Gundog Group for gundogs, while other kennel clubs include them in the Sporting Group. The three most popular types are: Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Labrador.


There are several types of gundogs, each type consisting of multiple breeds; see each type for a detailed description and a list of breeds:


Type Example
Pointers English Pointer
Retrievers Golden Retriever
Setters English Setter
Flushing Spaniels English Cocker Spaniel
Water dogs
Although classified according to method of work, gun dogs often have skills which extend beyond the tasks outlined for their classification. Depending upon how they are trained, dogs may be use
220px-Group of Gun Dogs from 1915
ful in a variety of hunting situations