sporting dog

noun
one of any of several breeds of usually large dogs especially suited by size and training for hunting by pointing, flushing, and retrieving game and including the pointers, setters, retrievers, and spaniels.

Origin:
1780–90

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These trials offer an opportunity to participate in or observe a unique sporting dog activity.
Participating in or observing sporting dog field trials is a unique opportunity.
Almost any member of the sporting dog group would be great at finding explosives or other contra-band.
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