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Irish Water Spaniel

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irish water spaniel

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.

Gordon Setter

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gordon setter

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.

<div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: 10pt">Admirers of the Gordon Setter describe him as loyal, gentle, sensible, polite, obedient, cheerful, and affectionate. In the hunting field, he is steady and honest; at home, he is companionable and loving. He is faithful and absolutely devoted to his family.</span></div>

Golden Retriever

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golden retriever
Lovable, easygoing, pleasant companions, it is said that Golden Retrievers are born wanting to please. Always up for an adventure - or a snooze - Goldens are as at home hiking in the wild as they are curled up in bed beside you. They are smart and sociable, understanding almost intuitively what's desired of them. They can be rambunctious as puppies because they have a passion for life - a passion that lives on well into their senior years.

German Wirehaired Pointer

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german wirehaired pointer

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.

The GWP has the same zeal for hunting and the outdoors as his relative, the German Shorthaired Pointer. Overall, though, he is a slightly mellower and more reserved dog, showing his deep affection (and clownish side) only to those he knows well. He can be reserved with strangers but is quite attached to his family and often becomes a "one-person" dog.

German Shorthaired Pointer

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german shorthaired pointer



The GSP has an exuberant personality. He is enthusiastic about just about everything: walks, opportunities to hunt, being with people, going on trips, meals - if his owner wants to do something, he wants to do it, too. He is a bright-eyed, happy-go-lucky fellow whose love of family runs deep. GSPs are versatile and known for their intelligence and loyalty. They also have a very high energy level, and their exuberance spills over into an almost nervous energy that needs creative outlets to maintain physical and mental soundness.

Flat-Coated Retriever

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flat-coated retriever

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.

Character is a defining feature of the Flat-Coated Retriever. He is a companionable hunting retriever, and as such, is outgoing, enthusiastic and tractable. A keen, intelligent hunter, he works confidently in the fields and is happy to return home. He forms close bonds with his owners and needs companionship. He is also slow to mature and retains a mischievous, puppy-like quality throughout his life - some fanciers even refer to him as the "Peter Pan" of dogdom.

English Springer Spaniel

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english springer spaniel
The typical English Springer is much like his cousin, the English Cocker Spaniel - merry, affectionate, playful, and an all-around lovable dog. He is versatile and loyal, intelligent and even-tempered, a quick learner and a respectful partner. These smart, dynamic dogs need constant activity to keep their sharp minds busy and to channel their fierce energy. The field type tends to possess more energy than the show type, but even the show types have more energy than many other breeds.

English Setter

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english setter

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.

Placid, mild mannered and friendly, the English Setter loves affection and is eager to return it. He is devoted and loving, with his gentle and charming character shining through all he does. His enthusiasm comes out when he's playing, hunting or going for a walk, but he quickly settles down once back inside, making him a suitable housedog. He can often be single-minded, but if given enough time and patience, can learn to do just about anything you ask.

English Cocker Spaniel

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english cocker spaniel

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.

The English Cocker is a jolly, agreeable dog whose tail wags almost nonstop. He is happy and even exuberant, approaching everything from bath time to hunting time as something to be excited about - as long as he's with you. He is not a nervous dog, though, so his excitement is more of a "joie de vivre" than restlessness. This lovable and affectionate dog gets along with everyone.

Curly-Coated Retriever

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curly-coated retriever

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.

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