Of the 146 breeds recognized by the AKC, the sporting spaniels range from some of the most popular to the most rare. Much has been published about the more popular breeds; however, the lesser known spaniels have been sorely overlooked. The Sporting Spaniel Handbook has been written to introduce the various breeds, offer a comparison, and assist the reader in selecting the best spaniel for their lifestyle. Whereas information on general care, feeding, and breeding can be found in other books, this guide is designed to describe the personality traits, habits, aptitude for training, and grooming and exercise requirements of each breed. In essence, to give the reader a feel for what it’s really like to live with these dogs.