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An excitable, energetic and useful dog, the English Springer Spaniel is used for flushing out and retrieving game birds. The Springer’s nose is remarkable and its sniffing ability has been used for searching for explosives. Murphy, trained by the Prison Service, could sniff out mobile phones; so exact was his nose that he could tell the difference between the warden’s and illegal phones. Braveheart Scot, William Wallace, had an English Springer Spaniel, Merlin MacDonald, that reportedly helped him to victory over the English at the Battle of Sterling Bridge.

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