Springer Spaniel

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A Springer Spaniel is seen coming out of the woods and flushing a woodcock
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(Facing p. 103.)

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A Springer Spaniel is seen coming out of the woods and flushing a woodcock while its owner stands a little further behind, under the cover of the trees, ready to shoot.

Springer Spaniels were officially separated into two distinct breeds, the English Springer Spaniel and the Welsh Springer Spaniel, at the beginning of the twentieth century. The author describes this dog as follows:

The grand or questing quality of the Spaniel, is well known, and his bustling and constant activity. The pleasure which his nature affords him, in the occupation of hunting out the game, he demonstrates by the perpetual motion, or feathering of his tail, which increases and becomes more tremulous and nervously affected, the nearer he approaches the object of his search. The scent of the game becoming still more hot and stimulating, on a nearer approach, he begins to whimper, as when playing with you at home.

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