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Dogs of the group 7 : pointing dogs, which particularities ?

Group 7 includes 37 dog breeds according to the Société Centrale Canine (SCC) and only 36 according to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). They are categorized in 2 sections. These are hunting dogs of course, all of them being recognized for their innate ability to stop when spotting game, especially birds. Let's take a closer look at these continental, British and Irish pointing dogs that make up this group 7.

First section of group 7: continental pointing dogs

Three categories make up this first section: the Braque type, the Spaniel type and the Griffon type.

Braque type

  • Braque Francais Gascogne type of large size
  • French Pyrenean type small-sized pointer
  • Braque bourbonnais,
  • Braque d'Ariège
  • Braque d'Auvergne
  • Braque Saint-Germain
  • Braque italien
    • roan-brown
    • white-orange
  • Braque de Burgos
  • Portuguese Pointer
  • Danish ancestral pointing dog
  • Pudelpointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Weimar Pointer
    • Long-haired pointing dog
    • Short-haired pointing dog
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Slovakian wirehaired pointer
  • Hungarian wirehaired pointer (Vizsla wirehaired)
  • Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer (Vizsla Shorthair)

Spaniel type

  • French Spaniel
  • Blue Picardy Spaniel
  • Brittany Spaniel
    • white and orange
    • Other colors
  • Saint-Usuge Spaniel (dog breed not included in the list of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale but recognized by the Société Centrale Canine)
  • Picardy Spaniel
  • Pont-Audemer Spaniel
  • Small Munsterlander
  • Large Munsterlander
  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • Drente partridge dog
  • Friesian Pointer

Griffon type

  • Wirehaired Pointing Dog Korthals
  • Czech Bearded Dog
  • Spinone
    • roan-brown
    • white-orange

Second section of group 7: British and Irish pointing dogs

This section consists of two categories of pointing dogs, namely Pointer and Setter.


  • English Pointer


  • Red Irish Setter
  • Red and white Irish Setter
  • Gordon Setter
  • English Setter

Main characteristics of Group 7 dogs

These pointing dogs have an extremely developed sense of smell that allows them to search for game, and as soon as it is spotted, they stop. This is not an attitude acquired through long training but absolutely instinctive. To indicate to his master the location of the game, the dog stops, then points his muzzle towards it. The name of some dogs of group 7 contains the appropriate vocabulary such as pointing, and the category itself (pointing dog) is very evocative.

These dogs are loyal, love company, are willing, intelligent, live well in a pack and are very easy to train (educate). Their ideal master is active, preferably he likes hunting and does it regularly or, failing that, spends a good part of his time outdoors with his little companion. It is better to abstain if you are very sedentary and it should also be noted that the pointing dog does not fulfill the function of simple pleasure dog. He is much happier hunting and is very docile.