Do you spend your time hunting birds as a hobby? If you do, then you know the value of a good hunting dog. The hunt would not be considered much of a hunt if you do not have the services and companionship a good dog.

A bird hunting dog is any dog that assists the hunter in retrieving the bird after it has been shot and successfully dropped. Different dog breeds help humans perform specific tasks. Several types of hunting dogs are developed for different tasks based on the dog's skills sets. Among the major breeds include terriers, hounds, gun dogs and cur type dogs. These bird dogs are packed with energy and have strong limbs that pounce after the prey until you run out of bullets.

Here is a review on the three known hunting dogs that will keep you in track while on pursuit.

1. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Development of the current day Wirehaired Pointing Griffon began in the Netherlands in 1873 by a young Dutch sportsman and avid hunter by the name of Eduard Karel Korthals. Korthals endeavored to create what he considered the ultimate walking hunter's gun dog. Although the Griffon has a great love for the field and is an excellent swimmer, it is equally at home in the obedience and show ring. With its keen nose it is also a natural at tracking. The fun loving side of its personality enjoys agility training. The Griffon's outgoing personality makes it a wonderful family pet and great with children. Overall, the Griffon is one of the best-kept secrets in the Sporting Group and is the ultimate versatile hunting companion.

2. Golden Retriever

This great hunting dog originated in the Scottish Highlands around the late 1800s. The Golden Retriever was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, by crossing the original yellow Flat-Coated Retriever, with the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel. It was developed to retrieve shot waterfowl and upland game birds. As a bird dog for both land and water, it is great for hunting and tracking. The dog has a scissors bite yet has a soft mouth so that it can recover the bird undamaged. It has a black nose and brown eyes. With its kind and peaceful expression, no wonder it is a popular family dog as well. It possesses a friendly and easy-to please behavior. They are unlike to attack but will signal their owner's if a stranger approaches.

3. Mountain View Cur

Developed after a long period of breeding and strict selection, Mountain View cur is great for bird hunting. It is has an outstanding disposition, very protective of its family and property and can detect if there is a trouble or not. They are fast track dogs that will keep you in check as you go hunting through the woods. Because of their intelligence, self-control and scenting ability, they are good companions. Not only that, they are very active and run fast. Because of their high energy, they need a lot of exercise daily and will thrive if you give them things to do.

There are four important components of a successful bird hunt: the shotgun, the dog, hunting grounds and birds on that ground. Selecting a good hunting dog is as important as finding the right shotgun. In selecting a hunting dog, look for a high quality breed that is good with a specific bird-type it is developed to hunt. Even if the dog may have the best breeding but if it does not have the heart to hunt all day; the hunt would not be as enjoyable.