Irish Water Spaniels are so confident, they're bold. Although they're generally friendly dogs, they often bond closely with one person. They need a lot of exercise including swimming, if possible. They're suspicious of strangers, and sometimes aggressive with other dogs.
Irish Water Spaniels are sporting dogs. In general, sporting dogs are active and alert and require daily exercise. Because they have superior instincts in the water and woods, sporting dogs are often used for hunting. If exercised and properly trained, most sporting dogs make excellent pets.
The Gordon Setter is a perfect one-man sporting dog. He is built on galloping lines, and has a thoroughbred appearance rather like that of a weight-carrying hunter.
German Wirehaired Pointers are dignified, but stubborn and determined. Confinement makes them restless and destructive. They're very suspicious of strangers and sometimes aggressive with other dogs. Their feet are webbed, so they love to swim.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are sociable dogs that need lots of love and affection. Without daily exercise, they may become restless and destructive. They like people, but they're a bit suspicious of strangers. They get along well with children and other pets. Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
English Setters are mild mannered, lovable and affectionate. However, like most sporting dogs, they require a great deal of daily exercise or they'll become restless and destructive. These pleasant dogs get along well with children, strangers and other animals. They're sometimes hard to housebreak.
English Cocker Spaniels are more lively than American Cocker Spaniels, so they need more exercise. They get along well with strangers, children and other pets. They're sometimes hard to housebreak.
Curly-Coated Retrievers are quiet, gentle dogs that need a lot of exercise, including swimming, if possible. They're intelligent, independent, and suspicious of strangers, but they get along well with children and other pets.