Meet Canada’s 16 most popular breeds of hunting dog


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The third most popular dog breed in Canada—and fourth in the world—the cheerful and intelligent golden retriever was first developed in Scotland during the mid-19th century. The breed became popular in North America beginning in the 1930s.

Goldens are universally adored for their charming personalities, but they’re not just flaxen-furred cuddlers. With their excellent noses and webbed paws, they are a hardy breed that excels on both land and in water when properly trained. Their coat ranges from the creamy white of the English lines to the reddish tones of the field lines. It is possible to find both hunting instincts and good looks in the same package, as long as you do your homework and research the bloodlines offered by breeders (see “Know your breeder” on final page.)