This young Spaniel was worn out after tearing around on the beach.

A Spaniel is a type of gun dog. It is assumed spaniels originated from Spain as the word spaniel may be derived from Hispania (Spain) or possibly from the French phrase “Chiens de l’Espagnol” (Dogs of the Spaniard). Spaniels were especially bred to flush game out of dense brush. By the late 17th century spaniels had become specialized into water and land breeds. The extinct English Water Spaniel was used to retrieve water fowl shot down with arrows. Land spaniels were setting spaniels—those that crept forward and pointed their game allowing hunters to ensnare them with nets, and springing spaniels—those that sprang pheasants and partridges for hunting with falcons, and rabbits for hunting with greyhounds. During the 17th century, the role of the spaniel dramatically changed as Englishmen began hunting with flintlocks for wing shooting. Goodall & Gasow (1984), write the spaniels were “transformed from untrained, wild beaters, to smooth, polished gun dogs.”

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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
My teenage life found me on Motorbikes and fast cars.
My Later life was dogged by peaks and troughs of health problems.

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Malcolm :-)

  • Hello Torfinn, many thanks for your kind commnet,

    – Malcolm Chant

  • gdanen
    gdanenabout 4 years ago

    Nice portrait, Malcolm.

  • Many thanks gerry

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 4 years ago

    lovely shot of this fine breed Malcolm

  • Hi Chris thank you very much

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Many thanks Rick.

    – Malcolm Chant

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 4 years ago

    He looks like one happy fellow! I think he probably could go for a cold one! Terrific shot Malcolm!!!!, Bill

  • Hello young Bill, he had more energy then either Sally or me, but they love streaching their legs,

    Tank you Bill.

    – Malcolm Chant

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks David, hehe

    – Malcolm Chant

  • – Malcolm Chant

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Great capture of this puffed out dog! He looks like he’s really enjoyed himself :-)

  • Thank you so much Trish.

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 4 years ago

    Great shot of this beautiful dog Malcolm, who’s round is it, yours or the dogs? ;-)

  • hello Shaun, I always pay. hehehe

    – Malcolm Chant

  • DJ LeMay
    DJ LeMayabout 4 years ago

    LOL! Marvelous capture and title, Malcolm!

  • Hello DJ, many many thanks for stopping by.


    – Malcolm Chant

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieabout 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for accepting me.

    – Malcolm Chant

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