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Field Spaniel

Field Spaniel


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Breed Organization
Field Spaniel Society of America
Website: http://fieldspaniels.org
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
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Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-12 Years
Litter Size
Average 5-7 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Sporting Group
Breed Appearance
Its long, silky coat comes in solid colours of black, liver, or roan. Tan points, white markings on the throat and the chest can be ticked or the same color as the rest of the body. They have a moderately long single coat with no undercoat. Feathering of the fur appears on the chest, belly, ears and on the back of the legs. The coat is not as heavy as that of a Cocker Spaniel but will require grooming in order to prevent mats from appearing in the fur. Docked tails were often used in working dogs, as poor blood flow left healing of the non docked tail difficult.

Breed Description
Head: Dignified, finely chiseled, cleanly cut below the eyes. Pronounced occipital peak. Moderate stop. Long, cleanly cut muzzle. Strong jaws. Well-developed nose.
Ears: Set on low. Moderately long and wide, well-feathered.
Eyes: Almond-shaped. Dark hazel.
Body: Long. Long, strong, muscular neck. High, well-developed chest. Moderately well-sprung ribs. Strong, straight, muscular loin. Strong hindquarters. Strong, straight, muscular back.
Tail: Set on low, never carried above the topline. Nicely feathered. Usually docked by one-third.
Hair: Long, flat, glossy, silky. Never curly, short, or hard. Dense and weather-resistant. Abundant feathering on the chest, the underside of the body, and the backs of the legs.
Coat: Solid black, brown (liver), or roan, or one of these colors with tan markings.
Size: Approx. 45 cm (17.5 in).
Weight: 18 to 25 kg (39.5-55 lb).


History
The Field Spaniel has the same origins as the English Cocker Spaniel but is larger, falling midway between the English Cocker Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel in size. The Sussex Spaniel, the English Springer Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel, and perhaps even the Basset Hound were used in developing the breed, which is very rare.

Behavior
Very hardy, tough, active, agile, and powerful but not heavy like the Clumber Spaniel, the Field Spaniel is effective on all types of terrain, from water to thickets. He hunts in a very determined, methodical manner, never losing contact with his owner. After locating game, he flushes it into the air. He is a good retriever, bringing in even large specimens. He is very vigilant and mistrusting of strangers, but he rarely barks. Intelligent, even-tempered, and affectionate, he is one of the most delightful spaniels. He needs patient, flexible training.

Health
This breed is prone to hip dysplasia and ear infections.

Advice
He is entirely unsuited to city life. If he must live in the city, he will need lots of exercise for his well-being. He also needs brushing once or twice weekly, as well as regular attention to the ears.

Function
Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.


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