This is a rugged(ly handsome!) breed. Their sturdy build and dense double coat protect them from almost anything nature throws at them in the field. They excel as both pointers and retrievers on land or in the water. This combination of durability and derring-do make them any hunter’s best friend. They are highly trainable and sweet-natured, a perfect family pet for a household willing to keep them entertained and exercised. But don’t lock them outside when you’re done for the day, they want to be with their family! Their endearing wiry coat does require regular stripping and grooming to keep up their good looks and prevent uncomfortable tangles.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.