Humans have used many kinds of animals to assist in hunting, but none is so widely used as dogs. Dogs come in myriad breeds, each with a specific purpose in hunting. This trend started in earnest in the 1800s, and it continues today, with countless pure breeds and hybrids all over the world.
Pointers, for example, are bred for the specific purpose of finding game. Their "instinct" to kill is tempered to the point where it stops after locating prey. Retrievers are bred to, yes, retrieve dead game from the bush. Flushing dogs are used to force game out of its hiding place and into the range of the hunters.
Within these categories are dozens of breeds, each with its own disposition, level of athleticism, and specialty in hunting. Not every hunter is after deer or birds. Some people hunt badgers, for which there are specialty breeds. Some hunters who hunt on the water need dogs who can happily stay in the shallows without getting cold or irritated by the water.
So which dog breed should you adopt? First, take this quiz, tell us about your hunting proclivities and we'll use our team of experts to determine which dog breed best suits your needs.
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