There's an excellent review of the book on the link I provided above. But, more importantly, read the Preface to the first edition that's with the review article. The preface is from the first edition of the book from 1992 and was not included in subsequent revisions. It was made available by the reviewer with Jim Spencer's permission. It really gets to the heart of my concerns about the differences between Retrievers and Spaniels, and I can only hope that we don't see a shift to more rigorous and demanding retrieving requirements in the Spaniel Hunt Test. And if that happens, what's the point of having Spaniel tests if their style of hunting and retrieving is obliterated?