Posts Tagged ‘Vizslas’

Dog of the Day

Monday, January 7th, 2013

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Four-year-old “Blitz” (left) and 8-year-old “Nittany” found an opening day rooster in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The pair of vizslas belongs to Brian Bauerline, who is the president of the Susquehanna Valley Pheasants Forever chapter.

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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 AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.