field spaniel

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field spaniel,

breed of medium-sized sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 developed in England from crosses between cocker spaniels and Sussex spaniels. It stands about 18 in. (45.7 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 40 lb (18.1 kg). Its medium-length, silky coat is flat or wavy and usually solid black in color, although it may be liver, golden liver, or mahogany red. Its tail is docked. Although the field spaniel is relatively slow, it has great endurance and can be trained as a bird hunter. It is not a common breed in the United States. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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"If you think this is the breed for you, your search should start early and you should talk with the breeders on the Field Spaniel Society of America's Breeder Referral List."
While field spaniels remain rare in this country--they ranked 140th on the AKC's breed registration list in 2013--there is a growing recognition among spaniel-loving hunters that this is, for the most part, a healthy, good looking and versatile breed with an excellent desire to hunt and a really good nose.
Since field spaniels were developed to hunt the blackthorn of the English midlands, they adapt well to these conditions and excel working in tight cover or small fields.
* SOFT TOUCH Mike Gregory says that one of the reasons he has field spaniels is because he likes the idea of living and hunting with a rare breed.
In addition, field spaniels have a hunting style that Gregory appreciates.
"While patience, consistency and persistence are the keys to training, field spaniels are intelligent dogs and repeated drilling is unnecessary.
"The easy answer for someone looking to own a field spaniel would be to tell them 'get one from a hunting kennel,' said Sonya Haskell.
"The field spaniel community is small so everyone knows everyone else and has a good understanding of their breeding programs.
Field spaniels are living proof that a breed can be brought back from the brink of extinction.
"I have been humbled many times by field spaniels but I've also gotten quite a few 'wows' with them.
"I have found that when I'm guiding hunts, most of the hunters prefer to hunt over my field spaniels. They are slower and more methodical, which means they are safer to shoot over than my springers.