Field Spaniel

Field Spaniel

Field Spaniel


The Field Spaniel is the result of some very selective breeding with the English Cocker Spaniel. They call England home and almost became extinct in the 1800's because of bad breeding practices. Happily, these dogs were re-developed by 1920 and turned into an exceptional bird dog. Since Springers and Cocker Spaniels have become so popular in the United States, the Field Spaniel is a rather rare find there.


Field Spaniels must have a great deal of exercise and shouldn't live with inactive families. They're happiest when they can run and romp so they're not suited to apartment living. They're moderately active inside but must have a large fenced yard, or even a country home. These dogs love playing ball, hunting, swimming and jogging.


Field Spaniels should be brushed and combed at least twice a week. They should also be groomed at least 4 times annually. Their ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly. Health concerns of the Field Spaniel include ear infections, thyroid disease, hip dysplasia and eye issues. These dogs prefer to be in cooler climates.


The Field Spaniel is the complete package of beauty, companion, hunter and usefulness. These dogs are made to be active as well as being able to survive in water and under heavy cover. These are proud, docile and noble dogs that are full of affection and enthusiasm.


The coat of a Field Spaniel is moderate in length. It can be flat or a bit wavy. It has a dense texture and is weather resistant. A Field Spaniel's coat is silky and shiny with feathering behind their legs, on their stomach and their chest. They're commonly black but they're also mahogany red, liver, and golden liver. They may also have some tan markings or speckles.


Of all the Spaniel breeds, the Field Spaniel has the best personality. They're intelligent, sweet, well-mannered and playful. Field Spaniels tend to be wary of strangers, but typically they love everyone. They're quite independent and might be somewhat stubborn. This breed is wonderful with well-behaved children, other dogs, and animals. Field Spaniels do tend to get overly attached to a particular member of the family and ignore everyone else. They adore humans and love interacting with them. They can actually become neurotic if they don't get this attention. These dogs are alert and will bark to warn of visitors and unrecognizable sounds. As they're retrievers, they love carrying things in their mouths.


Field Spaniels must be socialized early in life to keep them from being timid and aggressive as they get older. They're happier when they have a job to do. They're fast learners but are sensitive in nature. These dogs won't respond to heavy handedness or harshness in training. Field Spaniels must have a fair, firm, loving and consistent training technique. Their take honors in hunting, retrieving and tracking.