But, I am concerned how the performance of retrievers bringing game to hand will impact scoring of spaniels doing the same thing. One of the neat things about Welshies is that they can be amateur-owner trained for field work, with perhaps some instruction by professional handlers to work out the kinks or problems that may arise. I know this because I did it-really! Will the amateur-owner handler become the victim of new expectations about the retrieve work the dog demonstrates to bring a bird to the handler? Will all spaniels have to retrieve as well as the Lab/GR? If that becomes the case, I'm going to be very disappointed that Hunt Test titles become more difficult for amateur-owner handlers to attain.
Does anyone else think the inevitable comparison between retrievers and spaniels could result in lower scores for spaniels, or cause perhaps tip the scales against spaniels qualifying at all? Let's hear your thoughts.