I'd go to the Cockers in the Field site (www.fieldcockers.com
) and click meet the dogs
. You may see a lot of filed champion cockers that resemble springers at first glance.
How tall is she/he, and how much does she weigh? My cocker looks for all the world like a mini-springer, but she is short (15 inches/ 25 lbs so far) and busts cover like she is supposed to do.
There is a pretty intersting debate among working cocker breeders (similar to what went on with brittanys) about whether taller or shorter dogs are more preferable. Some feel that an 18 inch, 35 lbs cocker defeats the purpose of a small dog intended for close work in dense cover.
Also, one more data point for the lab-haters here. In the "quail belt" South Georgia, North Florida plantations, cockers are putting the flush/retrieve labs flat out of business. They get under the cover better, work quicker, handle the heat better, and eat less!