What to write about this week?! It came to me yesterday evening… As it was described to you in my first article we will try to describe hunting dog breeds. Is there a better way to start with the VIII. group? Well the answer comes naturally to me.
Keywords: Retrievers, flushing dogs, water dogs, hunting, dogs, fci, cynology, cazzia, eugunmarket
I won´t list the breeds of the group, because you can google them yourself, but did you know that FCI (Federation cynologique internationale) divides the group into 3 sections?
- Flushing dogs
- Water dogs
Retrievers were made for “work after the shot”. A hunter shot the mallard, pheasant, hare, crow etc., and the dog retrieved. Sounds simple? Maybe, but in reality the dog must be very well trained to stay at the hunters left leg and goes into the field when the shooter needs him. Lot´s of dogs can count how many pheasants or ducks fell on the ground, and retrieve them after the action has passed.
Retrievers, especially labradors were also used in the northern sea to help fisherman. Because of their coat the cold water did not harm them and their otter tail help them navigate through the icey sea.
Flushing dogs are (besides the retrievers) my favourite breeding group. I like their character, I like their work and of course I like how they look. Curly, long haired and kinda goofey. My Deutscher Wachtelhund Ari sums up that describtion.
Flushing dogs in general were loyal helpers on the hunt. They searched and loudly extracted small or big wild game and after the shot they have also retrieved them back to the hunter.
A water dog is a type of gundog breed to flush and retrieve game from water. Water dogs are considered the progenitors of most modern retriever dog breeds. Water dogs are usually medium-sized, active dogs, their most distinctive feature are their tight waterproof coats and their strong desire to swim. Traditionally many long haired water dogs breeds have their coats clipped with a bare midriff and hindquarters to assist in swimming by reducing drag, whilst retaining a long coat around their torso to prevent thermal shock when jumping into freezing water. This classic clip is seen to this day in dog shows with some breeds such as Poodles retaining a variation of this clip, but personally I do not have any experience with the water dogs.
European Gun Market, Article 2/TD/03/20