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Top 10 Hunting-dog Breeds


The Brittany is a long-legged, medium-sized -- 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 centimeters) and 30 to 40 pounds (14 to 18 kilograms) -- dog known for its smarts, stamina and willingness to be trained to hunt. Named for the French province in which it is believed to have originated, this popular bird hunting breed has been used for both pointing and retrieving quail, woodcock, pheasant and grouse since 1894 [source: Iams].

These canines are prized for a hearty ability to adapt to conditions on a variety of terrain, such as woods, plains and hills. Curious dogs, they have a tendency to roam but remain popular due to their size, ability and general good nature [source: Iams].