Best Hunting Dogs: The Right Dog For The Right Game

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Duck Hunting: The American Labrador Retriever


The Lab has been the go-to dog for hunting waterfowl and upland birds since the 1800s due to its natural ability to please and retrieve. No matter if your prize target is in a lake, pond, or ocean, the Lab will deliver it right to your hand.

Physical Attributes

This dog has several features that make it a great retriever in any weather condition. On top of a muscular body, it has a short and dense, double coat that is water resistant, webbed feet, and an “otter tail,” all of which helps make this dog one of the best swimmers and retrievers of waterfowls and upland birds.


The Lab has great stamina because of its drive and athleticism. This dog has the determination to hunt waterfowl for many hours, in any weather, without giving up. If their owner is still going, the Lab will be right there next to him, no matter what.


Labs have one of the most friendliest demeanors and easy going temperaments. They are eager to please and love. They will be a great companion to a family and will get along with other dogs and cats… All they want to do is please their owner!

Training Advice From AKC

“With the Lab’s physical strength and high energy level, early socialization and puppy training classes are vital. Gently exposing the puppy to a wide variety of people, places, and situations between the ages of 7 weeks and 4 months and beginning obedience training early on will help him develop into a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult. Puppy training classes serve as part of the socialization process and help the owner learn to recognize and correct any bad habits that may be developing. Labs are devoted, intelligent, and enthusiastic companions who need to be included in family activities.”

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