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Meaning of sporting dog

sport'ing dog"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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.
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