Although there are lot of “traditional” gundog breeds, there are more and more “designer” breeds now being used in the field such as Sprockers which are a cross between a Springer Spaniel and a Cocker Spaniel, as well as the Sprockador which is a cross between a Spaniel and a Labrador, and sometimes a Sprocker and Labrador.

Gundog breeds have specific jobs in the field which can be characterised as follows:


As the title suggests, these are dogs which retrieve the fallen game (often from far away) and bring them back to their owner.


The hunters of the gundog world, Spaniels will locate the game and flush it out ready for the guns. Many retrievers are dual-purpose and will also retrieve the fallen game.

Pointers & Setters

Perfect for locating game over long distances, often further than Spaniels, and characterised by alerting their handler by freezing and staying still and quiet until the guns arrive.

  • Barbet
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Braque D’Auvergne
  • Brittany
  • English Setter
  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Gordon Setter
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla
  • Irish Red & White Setter
  • Irish Setter
  • Italian Spinone
  • Korthals Griffon
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Large Munsterlander
  • Pointer
  • Portuguese Pointer
  • Retriever (Chesapeake Bay)
  • Retriever (Curly Coated)
  • Retriever (Flat Coated)
  • Retriever (Golden Retriever)
  • Retriever (Labrador)
  • Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling)
  • Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Spaniel (American Cocker Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (American Water Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (Clumber Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (Cocker Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (English Springer Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (Field Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (Irish Water Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (Sussex Spaniel)
  • Spaniel (Welsh Springer Spaniel)
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Weimaraner