Well after nearly 15yrs I lost my old cocker spaniel yesterday ,the 4th working spaniel we've had. I work on a large farm and spend a lot of time Rough shooting ,wildfowling and game shooting and for the last 5 - 6 yrs deerstalking. I will be looking to replace my dog after a few months and just wonder people's opinion of a cocker spaniel for deer tracking ?. I always found with my working cockers in the past although great for retrieving, were never really that steady for peg or deer work. My thoughts were to go for a Labrador but the breeding seems to have gone more to field trailing, with bigger , faster dogs . Are there any other breeds /crosses that might be suitable for the job ,but not much bigger than a springer spaniel ??