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Field Cockers

December 4, 2009

The other day Gunnar posted a tribute on his blog to the field cocker spaniel that mentored him during his formative tadpole days.  I responded with the suggestion that he devote himself to restoring that breed to the useful, level-headed state it enjoyed back when the cocker spaniel went afield and hunted.  Ever the faithful researcher, Gunnar was quick to email me links with photos that depicted a wide array of cockers with the physical conformation of the field dogs of yesterday, and hopefully, possessing the personality to match.

Hands down, the best posed photograph was the one of “Spook,” a/k/a Warrener’s Cliff Swallow.  It says everything about field cockers.

But the one that touched me the most was the photo of “Jazz,” a/k/a Dardnell Denby of Windmillwood.  He’s got that same look on his face that I frequently have in the field; of course it also might be due to Jazz reflecting on his name.

— JM

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  1. December 4, 2009 10:51 pm

    Good dogs. I wonder why they have become rare.

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