In Germany, the breed is also known as Deutscher Wachtelhund. Although somewhat similar in appearance to the English Springer Spaniel, the German Spaniel is slightly shorter in the leg.
This versatile dog operates as a talented retriever, often working in marshland. It resembles hounds in that it is also highly respected as a tracker. Various breeds contributed to the development of the German Spaniel, including the old German Stüber. Essentially a working dog, this breed is not normally kept as a pet in Germany.