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Sporting Group is the name of a breed group of dogs, used by kennel clubs to classify a defined collection of dog breeds. Not all kennel clubs include the same breeds in the Sporting Group, and some kennel clubs do not use the Sporting Group classification. Sporting Group dogs are in general those used for hunting birds and small game, but not all dogs of this type are included in the Sporting Group of any particular kennel club.


Sporting dogs

One of the oldest meanings for the word sport in English is hunting as an entertainment for members of the nobility and elite classes.[1] To assist in the hunting of birds and small game, various sporting types of dogs were developed, which became the ancestors of today's pointer, retriever, setter, and spaniel purebred dog breeds. Because they were developed as bird dogs with energetic hunting abilities in water and field settings, most sporting dogs require regular exercise. Their naturally active and alert demeanor also makes them likeable and well-rounded companions.

Sporting Group breeds

Abbreviations used in this section are:

  • AKC: American Kennel Club
  • ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council
  • CKC: Canadian Kennel Club
  • KC: The Kennel Club (UK)
  • NZKC: New Zealand Kennel Club
  • UKC: United Kennel Club
  • AKC FSS: American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service

Differences between kennel clubs are noted in parentheses.

American water spaniel 01.jpg
American Water Spaniel (not recognised by the KC (UK), ANKC, or NZKC)
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American Cocker Spaniel Barbet.jpg Barbet (Recognised only by the CKC and UKC)
Bracco Italiano.jpg Bracco Italiano (only recognised by the KC (UK) and the UKC, currently in the AKC FSS) Braque du bourbonnais 113.jpg Braque du Bourbonnais (recognised only by the UKC)
Epagneul Breton.jpg
Czeski fousek 777.jpg Cesky Fousek (recognised only by the NZKC and UKC)
Canadian pointer.jpg
Canadian Pointer (recognised only by the ARBA)
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
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Clumber Spaniel
Curly Coated Retriever.jpg
Curly Coated Retriever (not recognised by the ANKC or NZKC) Drentse Patrijshond.jpg Drentsche Patrijshond (recognised only by the UKC)
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English Cocker Spaniel
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English Setter
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English Springer Spaniel
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Field Spaniel
Flat-Coated Retriever large.jpg
Flat-Coated Retriever Epagneulfrancais.jpg French Spaniel (recognised only by the CKC and UKC) DeutschLanghaarneu.jpg German Longhaired Pointer (not recognized by the AKC, ANKC, or NZKC)
GermanShorthPtr wb.jpg
German Shorthaired Pointer
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German Wirehaired Pointer
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Golden Retriever
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Gordon Setter Irish Red and White Setter (AKC FSS)
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Irish Setter
Irlandzki spaniel wodny 676.jpg
Irish Water Spaniel Kooiker03.jpg Kooikerhondje (Recognised only by the KC (UK) and UKC. AKC FSS)
Labrador Retriever
Lagotto Romagnolo.jpg Lagotto Romagnolo (not recognised by the CKC. AKC FSS) GrosserMuensterlaender.jpg Large Münsterländer (not recognised by the AKC)
Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
English pointer.jpg
Pointer Portuguese pointer 11yo.jpg Portuguese Pointer (only recognised by the UKC. AKC FSS) Kleiner Munsterlander edit.jpg Small Münsterländer (recognised only by the UKC and CKC. AKC FSS)
Gino Rasta Spanish Waterdog.jpg Spanish Water Dog (not recognised by NZKC. AKC FSS)
Spinone italiano Daisy.JPG
Spinone Italiano
Sussex spaniel t43.jpg
Sussex Spaniel
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Welsh Springer Spaniel 1.jpg
Welsh Springer Spaniel
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (not recognised by the ANKC, NZKC, or KC (UK)

See also


  1. ^ (in English) Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged. The Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff. Springfield, MA U.S.A.: G&C Merriam Company. p. 2206, sport.  


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