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Flushers

flushing gundog breedsSmall and swift dogs such as Spaniels are experts at flushing out game. They are often used to rouse game birds into the air which allowing the hunters a chance to take aim. Spaniels are also great at flushing small mammals like rabbits.  

Flushing dogs differ from other gundog types such as pointers and setters, dogs which remain still after locating the game, or retrievers, dogs that fetch the game after it has been shot.

Spaniels were especially bred to flush game out of dense brush. By the late 17th century spaniels had become specialized into water and land breeds.

Springer Spaniels probably demonstrate the greatest divergence between working and show lines of any breed of dog. A field-bred dog and a show-bred dog appear to be different breeds, but are registered together. Field-bred dogs tend to have shorter, coarser coats than the show-bred dogs. Their ears are less pendulous.

The term springer comes from their historic hunting role, where the dogs would "spring" or "flush" birds into the air.

The largest and heaviest of the spaniel breeds is the Clumber Spaniel, currently recognised as a vulnerable native breed in the UK.

Happy-go-lucky hunters, enthusiastic and loyal and companions, spaniels have something for every dog lover.