Most great campfire debates will never be settled, but for now, the case is closed on an old favorite: Which breed makes the best hunting dog? The (registered) numbers don’t lie, and earlier this year the American Kennel Club named the Labrador retriever the most popular purebred in the country—for the 26th year running. Now, those numbers don’t specify the best sporting dog, but they are a good indicator. Here’s a look at a few of the breeds OL favored back in the day, long before the Lab was crowned—for now—king.
Although the American cocker spaniel reigned from 1936 to 1952 at the top of AKC’s charts, OL had its own ideas….