Top 10 Hunting Dog Breeds

Hunting dogs breeds carries a long history on helping humans to hunt small animals. They stood along with humans and for humans during a hunt. They have been used to hunt for food.

Still certain dog breeds are involving in hunting for humans, also they are being the protectors of their owner. Hunting dog breeds are not officially categorized by AKC (American Kennel Club).Based on record history some breeds like hounds considered as a hunting dog breeds. They have natural protecting and hunting instincts with great sniffing power.

But they are not natural evolving hunters. If your a master of a hunting dog , you will need to find exercises which will fulfill their hunting drive or may direct them on helping humans on hunting.

Setters and pointers are some good examples of natural hunting dogs which needs to be direct by humans to be protective hunters.

The Top 10 Hunting Dogs

List of top 10 hunting dog breeds in an alphabetical order.



Beagles are famous for their playfulness. One of the classic hunting dog breeds. Sporting group with greatintelligence in finding and playing small games . Best of this breed is energetic with boundless stamina during the activity of hunting or games.

2. Bloodhound 

Blood Hound Dog

The bloodhound is an outstanding tracking breed. Their sense of smell is extremely powerful. Sheriff’s favorite dog breed for hunting is Bloodhound. Their noses cannot miss out anything on their search path. Very helpful dog breed for hunting.

3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

This hunter dog breed loves water. Chesapeake Bay Retriever bred to hunt ducks.  Name of the dog breed been carried out from history along the Chesapeake Bay. Good in nature. Helpful and companion dog breed of your routine life. Great swimmers. Intelligent and athletic energy.

4. Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound
Black and Tan Coonhound

Coonhounds are good trackers. They have good work record of tracking and helping their human master on hunting their preys. This breed is a combination of Fox hound and Bloodhound. Great in hunting large animals like deer. Known for it’s fearlessness. Good watch dog. Great sense of smell.



You may not believe this , but this tubby legged Dachshunds have been bred very far back as 17th century to hunt smaller games. They are fearless and proved their drive towards foxes,Rabbits and badgers. Name of this breed actually derived from German words Badgers and dog : “Dachs” and “Hund”.

6. English Setter

English Setter

This hunting dog breed is a close relative of Irish setter. Both have their best sense of smell. Can find many similarities with Irish Setter. Energetic and Intelligent. Dog Training is not quite difficult for this intelligent dog breed. Originated in 19th century from United Kingdom. Best in hunting birds on field.

7. Fox Terrier 

Toy Fox Terrier

They belongs to Europe from 17th century. The name implies a clear message that this breed been used to chase fox in their hiding places.  They are short but intelligent enough to trace hidden houses of foxes. This breed is best in smaller hunting games and in fox hunting.

8.  Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever is one of the most famous dog breeds in this world. They are very intelligent, easy trainable and good with humans. They are particularly fond of water. Their water-repellent coat gives more access in water. Best quality of Labrador Retriever is “Soft-Bite”.They have an ability of holding a thing in mouth without damaging it. So Labs are considered as a best hunting dog breed because of it’s versatility. Also listed under smartest dog breeds.

9. Pointer


This breed is another example of classic hunting dog breed which can easily work on land and water. Good in tracking small animals but best in getting birds.  This breed points their prey instead of flushing it . so the behavior skill became it’s name Pointer.

10. Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog

Spanish water dogs are best in water . As per the name they bred to capture and retrieve water fowl. Intelligent,eager to learn. This breed is love to work for humans and quite comfortable in water. Used in aquatic research and also in rescue missions.Their thick coat is suited for hunting.


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