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In addition to versatile hunting dogs, we offer some information about other breeds of dogs. Click on any breed name here for the detailed page.

Full Listing of ‘Official’ Versatile Hunting Dogs

The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association defines versatility as “the dog that is bred and trained to dependably hunt and point game, to retrieve on both land and water, and to track wounded game on both land and water.” There are several breeds of versatile dogs common in continental Europe, and with four exceptions, all were developed during the last decades of the 19th century. The four exceptions are much older breeds that provided a base for some of the others. These are the Weimaraner, the Vizsla, the Brittany, and its German cousin, the Small Munsterlander. The tracking hound, pointer and waterpudel were the basic breeding stocks most widely used to develop the short and wirehaired groups. The longhaired group evolved from the Small Munsterlander and flat-coated retriever.

BA – Braque d’Auvergne
BB – Braque du Bourbonnais
BF – Braque Francais
BI – Bracco Italiano
BS – Brittany
CF – Cesky Fousek
DP – Drentse Patrijshond
ES – English Setter
FP – French Spaniel
GL – German Longhaired Pointer
GO – Gordon Setter
GR – Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
GS – German Shorthaired Pointer
GW – German Wirehaired Pointer
IR – Irish Red & White Setter
IS – Irish Setter
LM – Large Munsterlander
PS – Picardy Spaniel
PP – Pudelpointer
PO – Portuguese Pointer
PT – Pointer
SW – Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer
SM – Small Munsterlander
SP – Spinone
ST – Stichelhaar
VI – Vizsla
WM – Weimaraner
WV – Wirehaired Vizsla