Agile Working Dogs
Field Spaniels originated in the late 19th century by cross breeding the Cocker and Sussex spaniels. The intent was to develop a heavier spaniel of the type that was desired by sportsmen at that time. The resulting spaniel fell short of expectations and turned out to be very badly proportioned and entirely unsuitable as a working dog.
Over time the breed has been refined to correct the original flaws and excesses by introducing more desirable qualities from other spaniel lines. This has brought about much improvement in the breed.
Field Spaniels of today are handsome and well-balanced and have all the attributes of good breeding. Their expression is as gentle and contemplative as is their calm demeanor. Their size falls in between the Springer and the Cocker.
This rare breed is not as well known as other spaniels, but they are lovely dogs and have many sound
qualities to recommend them.
Personality and Traits:
Many owners report that Field Spaniels are excellent family companions, being both smart and very affectionate. They have a great affinity with people and enjoy being given a job to do. While their nature is fun loving and independent, they can also become quite docile.
Early socialization is recommended for this breed that can be timid but, at the same time, loves to be around people.
The Field's intelligence and background
makes him well suited for training in obedience or agility. However, it is good to keep in mind that they have a sensitive nature and do best if training techniques are tailored accordingly, all the while maintaining consistency, but never harshness.
The Fieldie has a height of 17-18 inches and weighs between 35-53 pounds.
Color Variations: He is mostly seen in solid colors
of black, liver, golden liver, mahogany red, or any of these colors with tan.
Coat and Care:
The single straight coat is dense, rich and silky. It is of medium length and lies flat or may have a slight wave and is
weather resistant. Some feathering appears on the chest, undercarriage and backs of legs. The tail may be seen either
natural or docked.
Coat care is not significant and can easily be handled by a few brushings a week. In addition,
hair should be kept clipped inside the ears to discourage infections, and also between the pads on the feet.
Owners can expect to enjoy their Field Spaniel for up to twelve years if they receive good health care and nutritonal needs are met with high quality food.
Some health conditions that may affect the breed include: hip dysplasia, eye disorders such as cataracts, retinal dysplasia and retinal atrophy. According to the UK Kennel Club, the top cause of death in the breed has been cancer, though it is good to note that following cancer, old age is next in frequency!
Field Spaniels have a highly active heritage and the endurance to match. They need to be thoroughly exercised on a regular schedule and ideally given a chance to run freely in a safe area whenever possible.
This breed can live inside quite comfortably, but a
home with an ample yard is the most suitable. Bear in mind that a Field will naturally explore anything of interest, so do
keep your property free of escape routes.
Has a good reputation with children that know how to interact with pets in a considerate way. Though
being a very patient dog, he does not like to participate in rough play and will avoid such activities.
The caution remains that an
adult should always supervise interactions between children and pets.
Field Spaniels, with their wonderful disposition and calm nature, are ideal companions for the elderly providing exercise needs can be met.
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Full-color guide. Contains information about this rare breed's breed history, characteristics and pet attributes, breed standard, grooming, puppy care, housetraining, nutrition and breeding, basic obedience training.
Also addresses proper health care, including the potential disorders that may concern the breed.
A great guide to the sporting spaniels. Includes personality traits, habits, aptitude for training, and grooming and exercise requirements of each breed.
The comparison charts are especially helpful to those interested in acquiring a sporting spaniel by providing the reader a feel for the differences between each breed.