"I can't love a shoe polisher."
Neither can I. I also trial English Cockers and I don't like them there either. I want a dog that really reaches for birds, no matter what the breed. When I first started with ECS, there was a big running dog competing. His handler could not restrain him, he would often poach on his bracemates course, a big fault which leads to a pickup. I had a really nice b###h that I wanted to breed to him but my trainer didn't agree so I finally had to put my foot down! The results were somewhat disappointing as we sold what turned out to be the best one in the litter at 8 weeks. I'm getting a stud fee pup out of her this year though so I think (hope!) that I'm OK. Harry