Spaniels by nature are flushing dogs that are well adapted to find, flush and retrieve a variety of upland game in all types of habitat. The American sportsman has been using Spaniels for upland game hunting long before there were Hunting tests and Field trials. There are currently ten different recognized Spaniel breeds that are very capable of becoming your hunting companion on your next trip afield in almost any location in the US. Some of which are more adaptable to your preference of whatever variety of upland game you seek.
Spaniels are driven by a prey drive to seek and track game in order to either catch or flush game for the hunter with an uncanny ability to mark the fall of the gamebirds shot and then retrieve those birds to you their hunting companion. Only to do it all over again. The ten recognized breeds give you ten different sizes, shapes and hunting styles with a multiple of colors. In addition to all its inherited hunting abilities, Spaniels have been long recognized as family orientated. All of the Spaniel breeds are allowed and do participate in the AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests in three different levels of accomplishment, Junior, Senior and Master Hunter. Earnings titles for each accomplished level.
Three Spaniel breeds have had the ability to compete in Spaniel Field trials since the mid to early 1900’s: the English Springer Spaniel, the Cocker Spaniel, and the English Cocker Spaniel. The well-trained Field trial Spaniel is expected to be steady to shot and wing and when instructed to retrieve will do so in an expedient manner and deliver game to hand. Trials are run in a variety of cover, testing the dogs’ inherent ability to find, flush and retrieve all the while running with a brace mate expected to do the same thing. In doing so can earn titles as Amateur Field Champions (AFC), Field Champion (FC), National Amateur Field Champion (NAFC), National Field Champion (NFC).