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Our Picks For the 3 Best Duck Hunting Dogs

Duck hunting dogs are incredibly useful in the field. Here are the three best duck hunting dogs you should know about.


Whether you're just starting to look at hunting dogs or you're an expert hunter who has owned many breeds over many years, make sure you read our list of the best duck hunting dogs. Doing your research before purchasing your next hunting companion will help ensure years of fun duck hunting to come!

While all these dogs are born with the right genes to learn how to assist you on the hunt, they all need consistent training to grow into the best dogs they can be. Be sure to research breeders before purchasing a duck hunting dog. Ideally, the breeder will make sure both parents will have earned titles in competitions to prove their genes are worth passing on.

German Shorthaired Pointer

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GSP are a great go-to dog for most waterfowl hunters. They need to be trained early on as puppies in order to become ultimate gun dogs. They have a thin coat and are water loving dogs. They are bred to identify fowl and point them out to the hunter. They can be trained to hunt fowl on the ground and in the water.

Golden Retriever

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Goldens are notorious for being wonderful family and companion dogs, but when you're getting one from field and working lines we hope you're ready for energy, speed, and drive.

Field bred Golden Retrievers are athletic and have the drive to work alongside their hunters for long periods of time. Their soft mouths make them a great option for fetching waterfowl without doing damage. They are magnetized to water which makes them wonderful duck hunting dogs with the right training.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers top the list when it comes to endurance and drive, although they can have a streak of independence. Many who own this breed claim they'll never own any other kind of hunting dog again.

These dogs need structure and, when given the right motivation, make excellent waterfowl hunting dogs. This isn't a dog for beginners, but this unique breed with make your hunting experience just a little sweeter.

Our Picks For the 3 Best Duck Hunting Dogs