Breed Organization Field Spaniel Society of America Website:
http://fieldspaniels.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names N/A 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
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.