Category Archives: Dogs

Learn the Ropes of Gundog Vocabulary

A dog looking for its accessories in the field

With shooting season well underway, it’s time to test your knowledge! You may have been keeping up with our recent series of “Gundog Guides”, offering plenty of information of a variety of gundogs breeds to help you to select the perfect dog. Today, we’ve got an in-depth vocabulary guide to help you get to grips Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Guide to Picking Up on a Shoot

Pickers-up and guns wearing shooting jackets on a shoot

If you have never picked up on a shoot before, but have been invited to do so, then our guide will help you know what to do on the drive, the etiquette and the rules of picking up. The role of picking up on a shoot is seen as a privilege and also allows you Continue Reading →

Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Gundogs: What You Need to Know

A Hungarian wirehaired vizsla gundog

The Hungarian wirehaired vizsla is steadily gaining popularity in the shooting world. They are a good-looking, steady and responsive breed of gundog, but they do raise a few questions for people who may have never come across them before. This brief guide will hopefully shed some light onto the increasingly popular vizslas, and why you Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Guide to Breeding Gundogs

a dog

Breeding gun dogs may appeal to you after you have been an owner of one for many years. Whether or not you are familiar with everything involved, it should first be said it is a huge undertaking, and you’ll need to commit a large amount of time and care to the well-being of these animals. Continue Reading →

Setter Gundogs: What You Need to Know

Setter gundogs training with dog accessories

Setters are a type of gundog used for hunting game birds such as pheasant and grouse. There are four setter breeds in the UK; English, Irish, Irish Red and White and Gordon. Setters search for game by scent and do so methodically. When they encounter prey, they freeze rather than chase, and it is their Continue Reading →

Labrador Retriever Gundogs: What You Need to Know

Labrador retriever is a popular gundog breed

The Labrador retriever needs little introduction, being the most popular pet dog in the UK, and also one of the favourite working gundogs in the country. Labrador retrievers are a popular choice for working dogs, being guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, helper dogs for deaf and disabled and drug sniffer dogs too. The Continue Reading →

Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Heat

Dog swimming and keeping cool in summer

The UK is expecting more hot, sunny days in July and August and that means we must look out for man’s best friend. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin, relying on panting and heat releasing from their nose and paw pads to keep cool. With all of this and their thick fur, it Continue Reading →

A Brief History of Gundogs

History to gundogs

Dogs have been used as a hunting companion, able to be trained to locate, chase and collect prey, for many years, and it has started an enduring relationship between man and dog. Today’s gundogs, hounds, terriers and other hunting gundog breeds are descended from these early canine friends.

German Shorthaired Pointer Gundogs: What You Need to Know

German Shorthaired Pointer gundogs

One of the most popular hunt, point and retrieve (HPR) gundog breeds, the German Shorthaired Pointer, is the perfect example of an all-rounder: excellent on point, a soft-mouthed retriever and thorough when searching for game. Their shape, size and coat make them a wonderful choice for a gundog, and they are also an excellent companion Continue Reading →

Spaniel Gundogs: What You Need to Know

spaniels, one of the most popular gundog breeds

Spaniel breeds are often considered to be the best as gundogs due to their excellent hunting and retrieving instincts. Lively dogs, they are perfect as working dogs, and though they do also make great pets, they can be a handful. There are several spaniel breeds to choose from when it comes to picking the right Continue Reading →