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Sue GariepyThe Sporting Spaniel Handbook by Loren Spiotta-DiMare is a must for all those interested in this versatile group of Sporting Dogs-a group that has been loyal companions for centuries....The author leaves no stone unturned. For the family looking to purchase a member of this elite group, she delves into general health care and medical conditions that can arise, as well as how to choose a good veterinarian. The quick-refernce charts on each breed represented are extremely informative and very balanced. Problems and negatives are not ignored.
The individual chapters on each breed give detailed information on history and origin, how the breed evolved, the breed standard, personality and breed-specific health problems. I found the chapters on the rarer spaniels such as the Clumber, Sussex, Field and Welsh Springer very informative-an insightful introduction to breeds we don't normally see. The color photographs and diagrams are an excellent complement to the text.
"Sports for Spaniels" is a wonderful chapter on this group's love of activity-hunting, agility, tracking, field trials and flyball. These breeds love to work, and the activities the author describes should encourage owners to get involved with their dogs.
There is very little in this book that disappoints the reader. The author's love of the sporting spaniel is apparent. It is definitely a must read for those who live with one or more of these breeds, as well as for prospective owners and even judges.
—Dogs in Canada