I'm with Lifeofriley on this one-I would only have a gun dog. We have a brittany (VERY intelligent dog). Our only question is, for our next dog, do we get another brittany, or a different pointer, or even a setter or retriever? It's funny-I just asked my husband that yesterday, and he said he's leaning toward another brittany. Smart as hell and way too energetic, but just the right size for us!
Hunting. My English Springer Spaniel was great at flushing as well as retrieving, loved the water and was just the happiest dog ever. Although we don't hunt, we would take her out to the fields so she could do her thing. She had such a strong natural instinct and we used to say "think how good she would be if we had actually trained her". She was great with our kids and took turns sleeping in each of their rooms. She has been gone for almost a year now and I still miss her and think about her often.