Part I of this article that examined canine-human attributes was so popular that we’ve come up with five more breeds that hunters take afield. Pointer, setter, spaniel, retriever or hound, it matters not; the gun dog at your side tells the world more than that you just hunt.
Your Personality: A hard worker with an independent streak, you’re driven to succeed in all endeavors and won’t be boxed into a monotonous occupation. Regardless of whether your day job is in the blue- or white-collar sector, you’re not a “yes” man; you work hard and follow the rules, but domineering superiors and gossiping co-workers mind their tongue around you. For you, there’s a definite division between work and play—focused while working, at night you’re down on the floor playing with the kids. Like your chosen breed, you’re loyal to those close to you but take a while to warm up to strangers—and your senses are always alert for possible danger.
The Reliable Stylist
Your Personality: You enjoy quality in everything, but forego pretentiousness for consistency and class. While you love to hunt, if you own only one dog and it’s a Brittany, it means that life keeps you from getting into the field as often as you want; two or more of the darting little hunters in your household means you’ll skip work, and preferably dinner with the in-laws, to watch pups work game birds. A generally happy person in life and love, you enjoy friendly banter and socialization but don’t seek the spotlight.
The Fine Family Man
Your Personality: As your chosen breed suggests, you like to surround yourself with quality— fine dining, engraved firearms and yearly trips abroad suit your tastes. But this doesn’t mean you’re a snob; you just know what you like and you make it happen through hard work and consistency. Quality to you isn’t just about appearances though, sound workmanship is a must. Life isn’t a race but a journey you savor; slowing down and appreciating the little things around you allows you to stay focused on long-term goals. Friendly without being needy, you’re content in the life you’ve built for you and your family, and you enjoy time with them at home and in the field.
The Party Chaser
Your Personality: Friendly, laidback and happy-go-lucky, you approach life and love with a playful ease. Not happy with simply punching a time clock and collecting a paycheck, your work is something you must enjoy; in fact for you, work, hobbies and life often intermingle to the point that those around you don’t know which you enjoy more. While quite capable of being alone, you’re not a loner by nature. You enjoy a good party, spontaneous road trips with friends and the raucous excitement of sporting events. Driven by some internal desire, you pursue dreams, goals and fun with reckless persistence.
The Creative Charmer
Your Personality: If you own an Irish Water Spaniel, you really don’t care what people think— you’re definitely your own person. Instead of living and hunting with more mainstream dual-purpose canines like the Labrador retriever or English springer spaniel, you chose the IWS because you relish the attention of being different. Quick to entertain with a joke or story in social settings, your self-deprecating humor endears you to friends and family. Your chosen occupation gives you the freedom to improvise when needed; you do best when allowed to access your creative side when problem solving.