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
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
Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 2 : Flushing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Field Spaniel
Female : Between 17 and 19 in
Male : Between 17 and 19 in
Female : Between 40 and 55 lb
Male : Between 40 and 55 lb
Black, liver, tan, roan, and mixes of these colours.
Type of coat
Long, shiny, straight coat. Very soft and glossy.
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.
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.
Like most Spaniels, the Field Spaniel definitely has its playful side, but he can also be a bit mischievous, especially during his puppy years.
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.
He is a smart dog but does not adapt easily to all environments.
He is designed to flush out and bring back game. He is an ideal and trustworthy working assistant.
Fearful / wary of strangers
He has no suspicion of strangers, and will greet anyone with enthusiasm.
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
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.
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.
The Field Spaniel will bark a lot, especially when left alone for too long.