BTW, I used to train with Jim McCreedy a guy who as FC'd a lot of Springer Spanials over the years. His dogs ran very good land and water blinds and were spectacular to watch in the field. I would hunt over one of those dogs in a hot second.
"The thing I admire about the rat tail is that it takes commitment. It's not like one day you just decide you want one, you have to grow out that bad boy and you have to repeatedly convince the hairdresser to trust you because it's a great idea."
The only thing hard about the spaniel FC for a retriever is that a lot of judges want to see a really hard flush, Springer style, with no hesitation on the scent...which really can make it hard for even the Boykins, who tend to have a bit softer flush, often preceded by a slight hesitation. Either way, my money is on Angie.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers...too many to list.