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Dogs of the group 8: retrievers and game hounds, water dogs

Group 8 is made up of 3 sections, including hunting specialists who show great willpower, outstanding dedication and who are not deterred by any difficulty. Let's take a look at the 22 dog breeds in Group 8 and their main qualities.

First section of Group 8: game retrievers

This section includes 6 dog breeds. With an amazing obedience, these dogs show a great perseverance and are the real accomplices of their hunting masters.
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Nova Scotia Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Flat-haired Retriever
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Golden Retriever

Second section of Group 8: Game hounds and scavengers

9 dog breeds make up this second section of group 8. These dogs are very agile and never give up, even under extreme conditions. Tough, they are active, cunning, enterprising, and have a highly developed sense of smell.
  • Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog (Kooikerhondje)
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Field Spaniel
  • Welsh Springer
  • English Springer
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • German Oysel Dog

Third section of Group 8: Water Dogs

Here are the 7 dog breeds that we find in the 3rd section of group 8. They are aces at hunting water game that they do not hesitate to retrieve, whatever the constraints imposed by the environment.
  • Barbet
  • American Water Dog
  • Irish Water Dog
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Friesian Water Dog
  • Romanian Water Dog

Main qualities of group 8 dogs

Group 8 dogs are used for hunting because they have exceptional abilities. They are able to fetch game in places that are very difficult to access where group 6 and 7 hunting dogs do not go (marshes, very uneven terrain, thorny brush...). But they are also excellent pets and guide dogs. Faithful, calm, intelligent, they are very sociable. Courageous, helpful, they like to work and these dogs are happy to help.

It is not necessary to be an inveterate hunter (nor a hunter at all) to welcome in his home a dog of the group 8 which will be integrated easily within a loving family with children. However, it is essential that the owner is calm, consistent, affectionate and likes long escapades in the nature where his faithful companion can really blossom.

A special mention for the Chesapeake, which is not recommended for people adopting a dog for the first time as a pet rather than a hunting companion. It does not pose any particular problem, even with children, in terms of personality because it is sociable, affectionate, likes to be with humans. It should be noted that it also enjoys the company of other animals. But he likes to keep his independence and can be a bit rough when he plays simply because it is his nature. For a first dog, it is therefore better to choose a more delicate animal if it must share its games with children. Apart from this little peculiarity, the Chesapeake is naturally protective of the members of its foster family.

These dogs, as we have seen, find their balance in sharing activities with their master. The latter does not fail to notice how endearing these companions are because a real complicity can be established between man and animal. They have a very flexible character and are very easy to train / educate. The dogs of group 8 are classified among the best friends of the Man.