all-amer­i­can cocker

The Field - - LETTERS -

Re Peg Fluff (Let­ters, May is­sue) – yes, Amer­i­can cock­ers do work on shoots some­times, some­where – mine, over the years, have worked all over Der­byshire. For some years now I have been a beater (and now sec­re­tary) of the Monkwood Shoot and have al­ways had an Amer­i­can cocker by my side. They are steady, bid­dable, su­per lit­tle flush­ing dogs and also dual pur­pose – one of my bitches

(alas no longer with me) achieved sec­ond in a Game­keep­ers’ class at Crufts and was also placed in the breed ring.

Agreed, at first we did get some strange looks and cyn­i­cal com­ments but un­der­neath that coat (ob­vi­ously cut short for work­ing) is a sturdy lit­tle spaniel quite ca­pa­ble of a day’s work in the field, usu­ally still go­ing strong when the labs and spaniels have run out of steam.

Mary Spireyanks, by email

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