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The 10 Best Hunting Gun Dogs

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Dogs are successor of wolves and almost all the dog has hunting talent, but all dogs may not be considered in category of hunting dogs. Some dogs which are bred and groomed for hunting they exceptionally do well than others, in the list of top 10 best hunting gun dogs.

Gun Dog Family?

Are you clear with the terms Gun Dog, Sporting Dog, Hunting Dog family? Some may have question,

  • Are all the dogs of hunting category are the gun dogs?
  • Is Gun dog, Hunting Dog, Sporting Dog the same term?
  • Why we say them, gun dog?
What you mean by Gun Dog?

What you mean by Gun Dog?

Well, you may like to know.

  • Gun Dog and Sporting Dogs are the same term, Some kennel clubs consider them in Sporting Category and others in Gun Dog Category.

Category of hunting dogs: Basically you can devide them in three different category.

  • Pointers and setters: Their main job is to help the hunters by searching down bird or chasing and catching them. When birds are downed, they need to search and retrieve when commanded as instructed.
  • Flushing Dogs (spaniels and retrievers): Usually they work closely with hunters to flush and retrieve the birds for upland games.
  • Water Retrievers (waterfowl hunting, Dogs): Though they are best suitable and expertise for waterfowl hunting, they can be used for upland hunting also.

Find the list of top 10 gun dogs from among many excellent dogs from, these subcategories.


The German Shorthaired Pointer is very active, alert, quick and athletic dogs. They have great speed and stamina with powerful legs and jaw. They are also recognized with name GSP. This breed was developed from Germany in the 19th century, they were bred to hunt and help the hunters to flush and retrieve the birds. They are an excellent hunting dog and also do well as a family pet.

Physical traits of German Shorthaired Pointers:

Height: Male: 62–66 cm, Female: 58–63 cm
Weight: Male: 55 to 70 lbs, Female: 45 to 60 lbs
Family: Sporting or Gun Dog
Basic Function: Hunting, flushing and retrieving birds. Hunting fox and other small prey. Working Pointers dogs.
Life span: 12 – 14 years
Origin: Germany

Category of Coonhounds

Category of Coonhounds

Basically Coonhounds doesn’t belong to a sporting or gun dog category, basically they are from the hound and working category of dog breeds. But they do well as a gun dog and well recognised and appreciated. This dog breed was created in America, to protect the livestock and work as a guardian also they are well appreciated to hunt in large and small game. They are expert racoon hunters and from there they got their breed name Coonhound.
Coonhounds are categorised in six distinct sub breeds of Coonhound:

• Black and Tan Coonhound
• Bluetick Coonhound
• American English Redtick Coonhound
• Plott Hound
• Redbone Coonhound
• Treeing Walker Coonhound

Physical Trait of Coonhounds:

Height: Average, 56 – 68 cm
Weight: Average, 25 – 36 kg
Family: Hound
Basic Function: Hunting racoons, dear, wild boar and bear and guard dog
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Origin: United States


The Brittany is an excellent dog breed from France, they are the one among best bird hunters. Their stamina and alertness is unmatched, they are a lively, Alert, Intelligent dogs who are always keen to please their masters. This breed needs regular exercise and attention otherwise they may become nervous and timid. They are very happy and affectionate with family and easily they can get along well with other pet and children and make a good companion dog.

Physical Traits Of Brittany Dog:

Height: Male: 47–52 cm, Female: 46–51 cm
Weight: Male: 14–18 kg, Female: 14–18 kg
Life span: 14 – 15 years
Family: Gun Dog
Basic Function: Bird flushing and retrieving, spaniel field
Origin: France


Bloodhounds are giant, powerful hunter dogs from hound category. They were bred to hunt wild boar, dear and protect hunters from wild animals. They are gentle, friendly and obedient dogs. But while following a prey, it can be willful and dominant. Usually they are excellent with children and do well with family and make a good family pet and companion dog.

Physical Traits of bloodhounds:

Height: Males 25 - 27 inches (63 – 69 cm) Females 23 - 25 inches (58 – 63 cm)
Weight: Males 90 - 110 pounds (41 – 50 kg) Females 80 - 100 pounds (36 – 45 kg)
Family: Hound
Basic Function: Hunting Wild boar, dear and companion dog
Life span: 10 – 12 years
Origin: France. Belgium, Scotland, England