History & Overview
The Russian Spaniel is a longhaired gundog of medium height, strong build, relatively long-legged (the length of front extremities from a sole up to elbow joint constitutes 1/2 heights in withers), and moderately stretched. Height in withers in males is 40 – 45 cm (15 ¾” – 17 ¾”), in females 38 – 43 (15″ – 17″), elongation index (the ratio of length to height, where length is measured on a level from the foremost point of the shoulder to the rearmost point of the buttocks) is 1.10 to 1.14 for males, and 1.12 to 1.16 for females.
Bred primarily as hunting dogs, their goal is to find the bird, send it into the air and then to retrieve it on command after the hunter has shot the quarry. The Russian Spaniel is suited for hunting in marshland, fields, woodland, for birds as well as rabbits and other small game.
Colors can vary greatly and can include solid colors without white markings, piebald, speckled, black and tan, and combinations. The head and ears are also usually dark. The Russian Spaniel resembles the English Cocker Spaniel, with a body similar to the field lines of that breed though with the longer ears of the show line.