Field Spaniel

Field Spaniel

The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized dog with a kind and gentle nature, used as a breeder and game dog. The Field Spaniel is a very handsome animal with a long, glossy coat that requires daily grooming. He’s not as energetic as other Spaniel breeds, but still needs a moderate amount of exercise and is better suited to country living. That being said, he can adapt to live in a mid-to-large size house providing he gets enough exercise and attention.

Key facts about the Field Spaniel

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Temperament :

Affectionate Playful Hunter

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Origins and history

The Field Spaniel was originally bred as a working dog. However, they soon became unpopular with hunters and farmers. The Field Spaniel's dark coat meant they were difficult to track during hunts. As a result, breeders began selecting these Spaniels for their long, glossy coats and they soon became a common sight at dog shows throughout the early 20th century. In 2009, they were only 51 Field Spaniels registered in the UK. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs


Section 2 : Flushing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Field Spaniel

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    Adult size

    Female : Between 17 and 19 in

    Male : Between 17 and 19 in


    Female : Between 40 and 55 lb

    Male : Between 40 and 55 lb

    Coat colour

    Type of coat

    Eye colour



    The Field Spaniel is a well-balanced, mid-sized dog, built for activity and resilience. He has long, floppy ears and soulful eyes, giving him a gentle and endearing appearance that matches his personality. His eyes are big and open, never almond, and his expression is serious and sweet. His fringed ears are moderately broad and long, and his fringed tail is worn low and very waggy.

    Good to know

    This sensitive dog is prone to separation anxiety. He needs constant company. His coat requires lots of grooming. A Field Spaniel needs a daily brush and regular trips to the doggy salon.


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      The Field Spaniel is a highly affectionate dog. A bit of a “softie” by nature, he loves human contact and will always be receptive to strokes and cuddles.

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      Like most Spaniels, the Field Spaniel definitely has its playful side, but he can also be a bit mischievous, especially during his puppy years.

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      As long as he’s getting enough attention and exercise, Field Spaniels are fairly relaxed and well-behaved. These dogs need lots of attention, but will calm down when asked.

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      He is a smart dog but does not adapt easily to all environments.

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      He is designed to flush out and bring back game. He is an ideal and trustworthy working assistant.

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      He has no suspicion of strangers, and will greet anyone with enthusiasm.

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      Field Spaniels are nowhere near as independent as other spaniel breeds. He requires daily grooming and lots of human contact. 

      Behaviour of the Field Spaniel

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        Tolerates solitude

        This dog is very susceptible to separation anxiety. He needs constant human or doggy company. If you can't provide it for him, then a Field Spaniel is not the dog for you. 

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        Easy to train / obedience

        Training a Field Spaniel can be quite difficult. He is docile, but still has a strong enough character to require a certain firmness. However, he is a sensitive dog who should not be rushed.

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        The  Field Spaniel will bark a lot, especially when left alone for too long.

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        Tendency to run away

        His strong hunting instinct and dynamic energy push him to run away if his environment is not secure.

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        Like all dogs, any long periods of frustration and boredom will lead to bad behaviour, which can include becoming destructive around the home. Field Spaniels are prone to this type of behaviour, so make sure they’ve always got plenty of company and distractions. 

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        Greedy / Gluttony

        Treats are a great way to positively reinforce good behaviour!

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        Guard dog

        He is a good alert dog, but is in no way dissuasive because he just likes everyone!

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        First dog

        This Spaniel can easily integrate into a family of novice masters, but he needs to live in the countryside.

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          Field Spaniel in a flat

          A flat, or city life in general, is not an ideal environment for a Field Spaniel.

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          Need for exercise / Sporty

          He is a very sporty dog who, if not working on a hunt, must at least have around two hours of exercise each day. A shorter morning walk followed by a late afternoon run is ideal.

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          Travelling / easy to transport

          These medium sized dogs are fairly easy to travel with. He will become especially docile after a long walk, so it’s a good idea to tire him out before long journeys.


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            Field Spaniel and cats

            His hunting instinct can make cohabitation complicated, unless both species have grown together.

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            Field Spaniel and dogs

            Field Spaniels are great around other dogs. He will rarely display any aggressive behaviour as he will prefer to make friends instead.

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            Field Spaniel and children

            This is a perfect dog for families with young children. Field Spaniels are gentle, loving, and soft-natured animals. That being said, children must learn to respect him, and leave him alone when necessary.

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            Field Spaniel and the elderly

            Field Spaniels make ideal pets for active elderly people who enjoy long country walks.



            Between  £400 for Non KC Registered dogs, and £800 for KC Registered dogs. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £65 to £120 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


            His long, silky coat requires attention to avoid knots, and will need brushing every single day. His droopy ears should be inspected regularly.


            Moderate shedder.

            Nutrition of the Field Spaniel

            2-3 cups of high quality dog food depending on age and activity levels.

            Health of the Field Spaniel

            Life expectancy

            A well-bred dog with an average life expectancy of 11 years.

            Strong / robust

            This dog is tougher than he looks, but he certainly has his softer side. He’s nowhere near as robust as other Spaniel breeds, like the Springer or American Water Spaniel. Care must be taken not to overexert him before 10 months.

            Withstand heat

            Spaniels have no problems coping with the average British summer, but shouldn’t be subjected to extreme heat.

            Withstand cold

            Their long coats have more style than substance. They’re not very insulating; a Field Spaniel will need a doggy coat during the coldest parts of the year, and should sleep indoors with his family. 

            Tendency to put on weight

            His high energy allows him to stay in good shape.

            Common illnesses

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