Posts Tagged ‘Gordon Setter’

Dogs of the Day: “Abbie” and “Willie”

Thursday, November 13th, 2014


“Abbie” and “Willie” are Gordon setters owned and handled by Logan Burke (left) and his dad, Jerrod. Jerrod Burke is the District V Commissioner with Nebraska Game and Parks, and is an advocate of the Open Fields and Waters Program. Pheasants Forever manages the Open Fields and Waters Program in partnership with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.

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Dog of the Day: “Molly”

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


“Molly” is Alexander Korittnig’s Gordon setter and pheasants top her list of gamebirds to point.

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Dog of the Day: “Remmy”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


Travis Brown gets his Gordon setter, “Remmy,” ready for pheasant season by hunting sharp-tailed grouse in Montana.

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Dog of the Day: “Ranger,” Rooster Wrangler

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


Beth Kocian from White Bear Lake, Minnesota (home of Pheasants Forever’s national headquarters) is a Gordon setter lady, and she’s got a good one in “Ranger.” This is Ranger after a bountiful day last autumn.

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Hunting Dogs Increasing in Popularity?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Last year’s American Kennel Club (AKC) listing of most popular dogs revealed hunting breeds struggling to gain traction among dog owners, but bird dog breeds served notice in the just-released list, buoyed by four Setters making big jumps in the past year.

More English Setter pups found happy homes in 2011. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

“The Year of the Setters” is how the AKC described it, with the English Setter (from 101 to 87), the Irish Setter (from 77 to 70), the Irish Red and White Setter (150 to 147), and the Gordon Setter (from 98 to 94) all moving up the chart. Are hunting breeds gaining in popularity? More than 10 breeds commonly associated with bird hunting moved up the chart this year. Hopefully that translates into more interest in upland hunting and upland conservation.

Other notable upward bird dog trends in 2011 include:

  • English Cocker Spaniels flushed up three spots on the list since last year, and have leapt 13 breeds in popularity since 2001. Count me among the new English Cocker owners; check out Pheasants Forever’s “My First Bird Dog” series about the experience.
  • Flat-Coated Retrievers made a big one year move, from 103 to number 90.
  • Vizslas keep pointing higher, from 41 in 2010 to 37 this year.
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffons moved up another spot (from 93 to 92). The breed continues to gain popularity, having moved up 23 slots in the last decade.

Listed below are the ranks of selected sporting dog breeds according to the AKC. In parentheses after each breed is its rank from 2011, followed by its rank from 2010 and then its rank from 2001, respectively. Note: Many pointing dogs are registered with the Field Dog Stud Book as opposed to the AKC.

  • Labrador Retrievers (1, 1, 1)
  • Golden Retrievers (4, 5, 2)
  • German Shorthaired Pointers (15, 16, 22)
  • Cocker Spaniels (27, 25, 14)
  • English Springer Spaniels (29, 29, 27)
  • Brittanys (30, 30, 31)
  • Weimaraners (32, 32, 29)
  • Vizslas (37, 41, 45)
  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (46, 48, 41)
  • English Cocker Spaniels (63, 66, 76)
  • Irish Setters (70, 77, 59)
  • German Wirehaired Pointers (75, 73, 73)
  • English Setters (87, 101, 89)
  • Flat-Coated Retrievers (90, 103, 98)
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (92, 93, 115)
  • Gordon Setters (94, 98, 84)
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (107, 107, NA)
  • Pointers (115, 111, 100)
  • Spinoni Italiani (123, 118, 122)
  • Welsh Springer Spaniels (130, 127, 112)
  • Clumber Spaniels (133, 131, 120)
  • Boykin Spaniels (138, 133, NA)
  • Field Spaniel (141, 132, 133)
  • Irish Red and White Setters (147, 150, NA)
  • Irish Water Spaniels (150, 148, 131)
  • Curly Coated Retrievers (154, 146, 129)
  • American Water Spaniels (157, 143, 124)

Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

AKC’s 28 Sporting Breeds and Their Owners

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Despite their beauty, I don't know anyone personally that owns a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIVE DOG FOOD

The American Kennel Club counts 28 different breeds in the sporting dog category.  I was curious how many different breeds I could connect with people I know.  So here goes it; the 28 sporting breeds according to AKC and the first person that pops into my head as owning that particular breed.

1. American Water Spaniel: Not a single person comes to mind.  Starting slow out of the gates.

2. Boykin Spaniel: Joe Duggan, Pheasants Forever’s VP of Corporate Relations.

3. Brittany: My mom & dad.

4. Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Chad Love, Quail Forever blogger.

5. Clumber Spaniel: Shale Nyberg, volunteer with Minnesota Valley PF Chapter

6. Cocker Spaniel: A swing and a miss.

7. Curly Coated Retriever: I don’t believe I know any curly owners.

8. English Cocker Spaniel: It’s not my place to break the news, but stay tuned for an announcement from a fellow PF blogger related to this breed in the coming months.

9. English Setter: John Edstrom, Pheasants Forever’s merchandise buyer.

10. English Springer Spaniel: Mark Herwig, Pheasants Forever’s Journal editor.

11. Field Spaniel: Drawing a blank.

12. Flat Coated Retriever: Diane Lueck, Pheasants Forever National Board Member.

13. German Shorthaired Pointer: This one is easy . . . ME!

14. German Wirehaired Pointer: Mark Reinert, McLeod County (MN) Chapter of Pheasants Forever.

15. Golden Retriever: My buddy & radio partner, “The Captain” Billy Hildebrand.

16. Gordon Setter: Another fellow radio buddy, Mike “Cold Front” Kurre is in between Gordon Setters at the moment.

17. Irish Red & White Setters: A blank.

18. Irish Setter: Rick Van Etten, editor of Gun Dog magazine.

19. Irish Water Spaniel: Nada.

20. Labrador Retriever: Well, let’s see . . . there is Rick, Eric, Matt, Ron, Brad & Andrew that all come to mind immediately.

21. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: I can’t say as I know anyone that owns one of these beauties.  If I was a duck hunter, these babies would be at the top of my list.

22. Pointer: Rich Wissink, Pheasants Forever’s Youth Programs Coordinator.

23. Spinone Italiano: I used to live down the street from one, but that’s as close as it’s gotten.

24. Sussex Spaniel: To be honest, I’d never heard of this breed till reading it on the website moments ago.  Anyone ever hunted behind a Sussex?

25. Vizsla: David Bue, Pheasants Forever’s VP of Development has a pair.

26. Weimaraner: Janine Kohn, Pheasants Forever’s Education Specialist.

27. Welsh Springer Spaniel: Another goose egg.

28. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon: Although I don’t currently have any direct connections to a “Griff,” Andrew & I are in a race to be the first to own one in the PF/QF offices. 

So there you have it.  Of the 28 sporting breeds recognized by AKC, I have direct links to 16, which leaves 12 voids.  I was actually surprised not to find Munsterlanders (small or large) on AKC’s sporting list.  Anyone know the story of AKC and Munsterlanders?

So, how many of the 28 breeds on this list can you connect to an owner?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.