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  • Writer's pictureBobby Dwyer

What is a Truly Versatile Dog?

A Truly versatile dog is one that can dependably hunt in any environment with

style and drive, while being able to live in the house with you and your family.

What separates a versatile dog breed from other hunting dog breeds are that they

have been bred to point, retrieve on land and water, have desire to swim, and

willing to work with their handler to accomplish a task. The goal with training a

Truly Versatile Dog is molding a young puppy to be confident and hard-working so

it can put food on the table.

Examples of Versatile Breeds recognized by NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association)

  • Blue Picardy Spaniel (BP)

  • Bracco Italiano (BI)

  • Braque d'Auvergne (BA)

  • Braque du Bourbonnais (BB)

  • Braque Francais (BF)

  • Braque St. Germain (BG)

  • Brittany (BS)

  • Cesky Fousek (CF)

  • Drentsche Patrijshond (DP)

  • English Setter (ES)

  • French Spaniel (FS)

  • German Longhair (GL)

  • German Shorthaired Pointer (GS)

  • German Wirehaired Pointer (GW)

  • Gordon Setter (GO)

  • Irish Red & White Setter (IR)

  • Irish Setter (IS)

  • Large Munsterlander (LM)

  • Perdiguero de Burgos (PB)

  • Picardy Spaniel (PS)

  • Pointer (PT)

  • Portuguese Pointer (PO)

  • Pudelpointer (PP)

  • Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer (SH)

  • Small Munsterlander (SM)

  • Spinone (SP)

  • Stichelhaar (ST)

  • Vizsla (VI)

  • Weimaraner (WM)

  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (GR)

  • Wirehaired Vizsla (WV)

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