Field Spaniel

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    History & Overview

    A unique and intelligent sporting dog, the Field Spaniel was developed in the middle of the 19th century from Sussex Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel and English Springer Spaniel. The emergence of the breed is attributed to the desire of some dog fanciers to create a dog with good hunting abilities which could compete in the show ring with other existing spaniel breeds.

    For over 150 years, the breed has seen many ups and downs in its popularity and has been revived at least three times. Nowadays, thanks to a major effort of dedicated fanciers, the Field Spaniel can be seen at all major shows and trials.


    The Field Spaniel is popular with hunters for his keen nose, stamina, willingness to work and good disposition. Very loyal to his family, the Field Spaniel makes an excellent watchdog and is a little aloof with strangers. Being loving and affectionate, he needs to be around his people, but will do well in a kennel, provided he has lots of space to play and run.

    At A Glance

    Other Names:


    Country of Origin:

    Great Britain


    Flushing and retrieving dog


    FCI Classification: Group 8 – Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs; Flushing Dogs (with working trial)
    AKC Classification: Sporting Group


    Medium (18 inches at shoulders)


    Black, liver or roan. Any one of these colors with tan markings.

    Litter Size:


    Life Span:

    12 – 13 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    Special care should be taken of the hair on the ears and in the feathering areas. Brush several times a week.




    Active, tireless, curious, intelligent, loyal, affectionate.

    Social skills:

    Gets along with other pets.

    Suitability for Children:

    Good with kids who treat him with respect.

    Exercise Needs:

    Should be given a chance to run freely in a secure yard for at least a couple of hours daily. While he can adapt to the city living, he does best in the country. Fields love to swim.

    Train Ability:

    Intelligent, but not naturally obedient. Field Spaniels are very sensitive to the human voice and respond well to praise and firm but gentle treatment.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    Video Credits: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
    Image Credits: K9 Research Lab


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