1. The Sporting Group
Dogs in the sporting group are active and alert, and make friendly, well-rounded companions, Peterson said. They’re known for pointing and retrieving skills, with many breeds ctively participating in hunting and other fiend activities today. Breeds in the group include German Shorthaired Pointers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters and English Springer Spaniels. Most breeds in the sporting group require regular exercise or daily activity so potential owners should take this, and other qualities of the individual dog, into consideration.
“There are individual dogs in each group that may need more exercise than others or require more daily grooming and ongoing coat maintenance,” Peterson said. “It’s up to the prospective owner to talk with breeders and owners, and do their homework to learn if that’s something that would be a good fit with their lifestyle.”