Springer Spaniels excel at all types of upland hunting. They are a flushing dog, and we have hunted our dogs over wild quail, grouse, partridge, pheasants. They even do some of our retrieving duty on ducks, dove, or geese. We feel that the Springer excels the most in wild pheasant hunting. Any one that has hunted wild pheasants know exactly how wary these birds can be when they run, they flush way ahead of you, and the only way they ever present you with an opportunity for a shot is when you give them no other option but to flush. The Springer is the tool we use to get those stingy roosters to make that flush in range of our guns. Our Springers quarter form left to right 15-25 yards in front of the handler with the gunners making their turns on the far outmost gunners. They specialize in tracking running pheasants and when they find a track they will follow that scent until the follow the bird. The common misconception is that when hunting over a Springer you need to wear you track shoes to keep up. These dogs understand that they are hunting with you not for themselves. A properly trained Springer will stop on command when on a track allowing the hunters to keep within range of the dog and the running pheasant. After a shot is made the Springer also excels at making long retrieves and is excellent at tracking those wounded running roosters.