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Field Spaniel is a beautiful and noble medium
sized sporting dog. Its body is longer than
it is tall, it has long ears which set low
and gentle, serious almond shaped eyes. The
neck is long and lean; the body athletic and
the Field Spaniel's coat is beautifully glossy
and moderately long.
At one time in history, Field Spaniels and
Cocker Spaniels were of the same breed - with
weight being the only difference. Breeders
then tried to improve the Field Spaniel. However,
their efforts failed when the outcome was
'a short-legged, heavy-boned dog, only 12
inches high and weighing as much as 40 pounds.'
After the Field Spaniel Society was reformed
in Britain in 1948, breeders worked to improve
the breed and eliminate the exaggerations.
This was achieved with considerable difficulty
by careful crossing of the Springer and Cocker
Spaniel, but the result was a more balanced
and good working dog. Mortimer Smith is the
person responsible for the beautiful Field
Spaniels we have today.
The Field Spaniels breed arrived in the United
States in the 1880s and was recognized by
the American Kennel Club in 1894. This breed
is rare - especially in the United States
where Cocker and Springer Spaniels enjoy great
The height of a Field Spaniel is 17–19
inches (43–48 cm)
Weight: The weight for a Field
Spaniel is 40–55 lb (18–25 kg)
Note: European and United States preference
of size limit is different. Europeans have
the notion that the 'bigger the better' for
this breed while the United States prefers
just the opposite - 'the smaller, the better'.
Coat Type: The Field Spaniel's
coat is moderately long, silky
and glossy - single coat which is dense and
water repellant. Moderate feathering on the
underbody, back of legs, buttock, chest and
under the tail. Regular brushing or combing
should be done once or twice a week. Ears
should be kept clean (susceptible to ear infections).
Color: The Field Spaniel's
s coat can be black, liver, golden liver or
roan, any permitted to have tri-color markings
(tan over the eyes, on the cheeks, feet and
pasterns). Bi-color dogs must have roaning
or ticking, not clear white. Solid color dogs
may have white or roan on the chest.
Field Spaniels are very social, playful, active
and intelligent. This good natured breed which
is unusually docile makes a good family pet.
Field Spaniels can wary of strangers, making
them a good watch dog, but they are also very
sensitive therefore not to used as a guard
dog. Field Spaniels need regular exercise
(otherwise can become bored and destructive),
they like to roam and love to be in the company
Health Problems: Field Spaniels
are generally healthy although these dogs
are prone to hip dysplasia, thyroid disease
and ear infections. The Field Spaniels' average
life expectancy is between 10 - 12 years.
• Field Spaniels were
recognized by the American Kennel Club in
• There was a time when the
Cocker Spaniel and the Field Spaniel were
the same breed -
the only difference was their weight.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Group 3 Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 Sporting
FCI: Group 8 - Section 2 - Flushing Dogs
UKC: Gun Dog