The Versatile Breeds

There are several breeds of versatile dogs common in continental Europe, and with four exceptions, all were developed during the last decades of the 19th century. The four exceptions are much older breeds that provided a base for some of the others. These are the Weimaraner, the Vizsla, the Brittany, and its German cousin, the Small Munsterlander. The tracking hound, pointer and waterpudel were the basic breeding stocks most widely used to develop the short and wirehaired groups. The longhaired group evolved from the Small Munsterlander and flat-coated retriever.


Currently NAVHDA recognizes and maintains studbooks for the following breeds:

BI Bracco Italiano /  BA Braque D’auvergne /  BB Braque Du Bourbonnais /  BF Braque Francais

BS Brittany  /  CF Cesky Fousek  / DP Drentsche Patrijshond / ES English Setter  

FS French Spaniel /  GL German Longhaired Pointer  / GS German Shorthaired Pointer

 GW German Wirehaired Pointer /GO Gordon Setter  /  IR Irish Red & White Setter  / IS Irish Setter 

LM Large Munsterlander / PS Picardy Spaniel /  PT Pointer  /  PO Portuguese Pointer / PP Pudelpointer

SH Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer / SM Small Munsterlander  / SP Spinone /  ST Stichelhaar

VI Vizsla  /  WM Weimaraner  /  GR Wirehaired Pointing Griffon  / WV Wirehaired Vizsla