The English springer spaniel is one of the most popular and
versatile gundogs in the world. It is used extensively by
roughshooters and also by beaters on driven shoots. As a dog
for working thick, dense cover, there is no other breed that
will beat the springer when it comes to flushing game.
The ESS comes in two main colour combinations - liver and
white and black and white. They are easily trained and puppies
from good working stock will have a great deal of natural
ability upon which the trainer can build.
There is also a slightly different breed - the Welsh
springer spaniel which is slightly smaller than the ESS and
tends to have a red and white coat. Lesser known breeds
of spaniel include the field spaniel, clumber spaniel and
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