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“The role of the flushing spaniel is to locate game, flush it out for the hunter to shoot, mark the location where the bird falls, and then retrieve the bird to hand. Spaniel tests and trials require the dog to carry out these tasks with enthusiasm and skill, stand steady as the shot is fired, and retrieve from land or water. The purpose of a hunt test is to assess and identify those dogs which possess the basic requirements of “flushing” Spaniels. It will test the merits and evaluate the abilities of Spaniels in the field in order to determine their suitability and ability as hunting companions. Dogs are placed in four categories based on their ability, not age. Dogs do not compete against one another, but rather their performances are individually judged against the standard.” From the Canadian Kennel Club's website