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General Appearance:

A smart, upstanding, and strongly built animal, an enduring, versatile Gundog used for all types of shooting, particularly wildfowling.




Height is 20 – 23 inches and weight is 45 – 65 pounds.




The rich dark liver coat with its purplish tint is dense, with tight, crisp ringlets and a natural oiliness.




An endearing sense of humor, a stable disposition and an affectionate temperament. 

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