Italian pointer, ancient origins, revived in 20th century, docile at home, strong bonds, drool, vocal, rare in North America.
Brittany: 17th-century pointing breed from Northern Brittany. Versatile, medium-sized hunters. Good with dogs, kids. Sensitive, trainable.
English Pointer: Evolved from 17th-century origins, excelling in bird shooting and diverse dog sports, loyal and sweet-tempered companions.
English Setter: Silky-coated UK breed, historical hunting roots, gentle with kids, mellow indoors, 18th-century estate popularity.
Germany excels in versatile hunting dogs like GSP, a top US choice. Crossbreed of pointers, intelligent, water-loving, and affectionate.
Spinone Italiano: Italian pointing breed from Piedmont. Named for thorny terrain. Tough hunters, near extinction post-WW, now rare but growing. Gentle giants, patient training.
Ancient Hungarian vizslas: skilled hunters, loyal "velcro dogs." Prone to separation anxiety. Related to wirehaired vizslas.
Weimaraner: skilled German pointing breed, versatile gun dog, intelligent, needs enrichment, people-oriented.
Irish Setter: Bred for hunting, points birds with superb sense of smell. Arrived in US in 19th century.
Gordon Setter: Biggest setter breed, tough for beginners. Protective, wary of strangers. Skilled hunter, sturdy for Scottish terrain.