The Kennel Club General Committee has approved the decision to
include the Lagotto Romagnolo and Spanish Water Dog in the Any
Variety Spaniel [except Spaniel (Cocker) and Spaniel (English
Springer)] gundog sub group, also referred to as the 'Minor Breeds
Spaniel' sub group for field trials.
This decision was taken following an assessment held at the Kennel
Club Gundog Working Test, held at the Chatsworth Estate in
Derbyshire in May 2014, during which dogs from each breed proved
their ability to hunt well, quarter naturally and act responsively
to commands given by voice or whistle.
The assessors were of the view that the most suitable sub-group
for both Lagotto Romagnolos and Spanish Water Dogs was the Any
Variety Spaniel sub group as neither the HPR or Retriever groups
were considered appropriate. Both breeds have been allocated to
this sub group for a three year period after which the position
will be reviewed.
The committee noted that some Minor Breed Spaniel trials had been
cancelled in the past due to lack of entries and it is hoped that
the addition of these two breeds may assist in increasing the
number of entries at these trials in the future.
The classification will take place with immediate effect and
Lagotto Romagnolos and Spanish Water Dogs will be eligible to
compete in working tests and field trials in the 2014/15
Further information about the allocation of the Lagotto Romagnolo
and Spanish Water Dog can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.