A medium sized dog, the Field Spaniel is a sturdy build, and is a handsome dog with an intelligent and eager expression. The coat of the Field Spaniel is long, flat, and glossy, with a beautiful, silky appearance and texture. As with other spaniels, his long silky ears hang to the side of his head, framing his face perfectly. The coloring of the Field Spaniel can vary and includes liver, black, and speckled roan, and some may have tan markings. The weight of the Field Spaniel is around 35-50 pounds, and the height is around 17 inches for females and 18 inches for males.
Field Spaniel Temperament
A noble, docile, and graceful dog, the Field Spaniel is a breed that is responsive, intelligent, and affectionate. These dogs have a gentle nature and are eager to please, keen, and enthusiastic, with plenty to offer as family pets. A very active and energetic breed, the Field Spaniel loves to play, exercise, and join in with all sorts of activities, such as running, hiking, biking, and more. He is the ideal exercise companion as well as a good family pet, although his love of play means that he may be prone to getting himself messy and then traipsing mud and mess through the house! A very sociable and friendly breed, the Field Spaniel is well suited to the more inexperienced dog owner as well as the experienced.
Field Spaniels love people, and will get on well with children, especially when raised with them - although he does not like to handled roughly so care should be taken around younger, more boisterous children. He will also get along well with other pets, and should be fine around strangers. Some Field Spaniels can be very independent, so confidence and assertiveness is needed in training. However, training should be fairly easy with this breed, as these dogs are intelligent, eager to learn, and obedient. The Field Spaniel is well suited to family life, and makes for a good family pet with a stable and well balanced nature.
The Field Spaniel is a medium to heavy shedder, and is therefore not really suited to allergy sufferers. The grooming requirements for the breed can vary, and during heavier shedding periods grooming will need to be more frequent. At other times of the year his coat should be brushed every other day, and you should keep an eye on straggly hairs that may need to be trimmed. You should check his ears are clean and dry for hygiene reasons and to reduce the chances of infections.
The Field Spaniel is of English origin, and is a descendant of the carefully bred English Cocker Spaniel. The Field Spaniel was almost ruined by poor selection practices during the later part of the 1800's when breeders exaggerated the dog's natural weight and length. The breed remains rare to this day, and is a coveted show dog as a result. It was not until the later 1920's that the dog rose to prominence in the western world, and is one again enjoying attention for its natural beauty and key characteristics.
The Field Spaniel is considered to be a good bird dog because of its mild disposition. They make wonderful family companions, and have risen in popularity for tracking, hunting and retrieving. Many pet owners also enjoy keeping these dogs as watchdogs. The Field Spaniel is a classic breed and is a top choice for many sporting groups and hunting groups as well.
Field Spaniels were first developed for conformation showing purposes, but they have slowly become family dogs as well. Variations of the breed include Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels. Show breeders find this dog to be especially attractive because of its clean silhouettes and rarity of the breed itself.
Some color breeders of the Field Spaniel have endeavored to bring back the true Spaniel type that may not necessarily have been all black. Variety colors have also included white, black and white, quadri-colors, and liver white and tan. The Field Spaniel is often considered to be a dog with perfect balance; fine character, great beauty, and natural hunters make this a very attractive addition to show breeders and dog collectors. They are naturally enthusiastic and affectionate. These dogs make beautiful pets for families, as well as showroom dogs for pet owners interested in contests.
Field Spaniels are naturally independent but they learn very quickly. They are commonly involved with play, and are docile by nature. Training these dogs is not difficult as they are intelligent and friendly and will be fairly open to learning new skills and activities. They will withdraw if they are treated roughly so it is important to be careful with the training process from the start. Younger puppies can be especially timid and shy, so creating a bond first will help overcome initial training obstacles.
Field Spaniels have a tendency to bark too quickly and abruptly after slight sounds and events. They may not listen to commands or directions if they are afraid or anxious, so it is important that training takes place in a secure and non-threatening environment. These dogs require early socialization to prevent timidity, so taking them out to the dog park so that they can mingle with other dogs is very important. They may exhibit aggression later on in life if they did not receive appropriate socialization; it is important to remain firm, fair, and consistent to make positive changes. Field spaniels are especially valuable for hunting, retrieving and tracking. This is helpful for any activities that can help improve the dog's natural abilities and skills.
Every puppy will need to be trained differently, and this is especially important for the youngest set of Field Spaniels. They can become naturally attached to just one owner, and helping them develop bonds with other members of the family and other dogs is an essential part of training. These dogs learn new tricks and skills naturally, especially when they are given the chance to run around and engage in physical activity. They are moderately active indoors, and will engage in a multitude of activities with owners on a regular basis. This provides plenty of opportunities for interaction and training. As watchdogs, the Field Spaniel can be trained to be especially observant and vigilant.
The life expectancy of the Field Spaniel is around 10-12 years, and there are a number of health issues relating to this breed, although Field Spaniels are largely a healthy and hardy breed. Some of the health problems to look out for include cataracts, thyroid problems, PRA, and HD. Parents of the Field Spaniel puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.