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sporting dog

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 of sporting dog
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The next moment Platon Mikhalitch himself entered the room, accompanied by a sporting dog named Yarb.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • M. Degland mentions one which lived in perfect harmony with a sporting dog, and even went so far as to share its food.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • What was the use of being a sporting dog, if he could not now and then indulge his hunting proclivities?

  • Indeed, even animal food too freely given is said to have a prejudicial effect upon the nose of a sporting dog.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • Deuce had scented sundry partridges, which he had pointed with entire deference to the good form of a sporting dog's conventions.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • His approach was heralded by a scent which would have roused any sporting dog to frenzy.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman

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