May 19, 2022

Bird Dog Breeds

Bird Dog Breeds - Red Bark Shop

What kind of dogs are Bird Dogs? Those that were originally bred to hunt birds. There are still many excellent bird dog hunters used today for their original purpose. These gun dogs work with hunters typically using shotguns for small game) and are generally listed under these categories. 

Hungarian Vizsla Pointing Dog

Pointers- Specialized dogs that locate and point game ranging long distances. They can also retrieve but are not supposed to flush.

  • Vizsla (Hungarian Pointer)
  • Wirehaired Vizsla
  • English Pointer
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Deutsch- Drahthaar
  • American Brittany
  • Pudelpointer
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Weimaraner
Working Weimaraner Dog with Bird

Setters- Setters find, point, and flush birds

  • English Setter
  • Gordan Setter
  • Red Setter/ Irish Setter


Black Lab Dock Diving in water

Retrievers- These dogs wait, watch, and retrieve downed birds. They typically have soft mouths and can settle for long times with a hiding hunter waiting for the right moment.

  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Flat-Coated Retriever
  • Nova Scotia Duck Trolling retriever
  • Curly-coated Retriever
  • Poodle
Brittany Spaniel Puppy

Spaniels- Typically used to flush game

  • American Water Spaniel
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Clumber Spaniel
GSP pointing dog