Hunting Dogs

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2021 Jul;51(4):877-890. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2021.04.006.


Herding and hunting dogs are intense, high-drive dogs that work, and often live, outdoors and in constant or repeated close contact with domestic and wild animals. These dogs are at increased risk for injury and exposure to infectious diseases, toxic substances, and environmental threats. The common practice of feeding or allowing access to raw meat from farm or game animals enhances disease transmission risk. These dogs can be affected by infectious diseases and injurious agents that are rarely encountered in other groups of dogs. In addition, their extreme work ethic may lead to delays in diagnosis.

Keywords: Bird dogs; Gun dogs; Scent hounds; Sport dogs; Sporting breeds; Upland game; Zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild
  • Dog Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Dog Diseases* / etiology
  • Dogs
  • Meat
  • Working Dogs*