History of Gundogs
Water Spaniel c 1850
When Christians took their hounds to the Holy Land, they found that the Arabs were equally obsessed with hunting. So dogs were exchanged. Crossed and subsequently back-crossed with the Peat Dog thrown into the mix, they created a new type of dog designed for a more specialized form of hunting, called Fowling. This involved capturing birds in a net. Fowling gave rise to what we know today as Land Spaniels and Water Spaniels. From the Land Spaniels came the Setters.