About the Field Spaniel Dog Breed
The Field Spaniel was developed in 19th century England as a hunting companion. It was used to flush out birds from the underbrush and retrieve them for the hunter. They are still used today as bird hunting dogs.
Field Spaniel Physical Characteristics
Field Spaniels are medium sized dogs with a low to the ground sturdy build. The head is medium in size with long muzzle, and they have long folded ears. The tail is long and feathered when natural, but is commonly docked (surgically shortened.)
The Field Spaniel is most commonly seen in solid black, liver, buff (golden) and sometimes with tan markings.
The coat of the Field Spaniel can be flat or wavy and is medium in length. The coat is water resistant and they have the distinctive spaniel feathers on the belly, chest, ears and legs.
Field Spaniel Personality and Temperament
Field Spaniels are great family dogs. They are considered to be the most level headed of all the Spaniels, with a balanced composure. They love to play, and are great with kids and other animals.
Things to Consider
Field Spaniels need a lot of exercise and to be groomed regularly.
Field Spaniel Care
Ideal Living Conditions
The Field Spaniel would do best in the city or country.
The Field Spaniel needs to be groomed and have ears cleaned on a regular basis to prevent ear infections.
Field Spaniel Health
The following conditions are commonly seen in Field Spaniels:
Field Spaniel History and Background
Although it is considered an excellent hunter of medium size today, the breed went through various changes, which culminated in the modern day Field Spaniel. According to the experts, the breed was originally larger, deriving its traits from the English Water, Sussex, and Cocker Spaniels, and weighing in at over 25 pounds.
Just as the Field Spaniel breed was on the verge of extinction, breeders began to cross the breed with the English Springer Spaniel. Four Field Spaniels are commonly attributed as the progenitors of the modern breed: Elmbury Morwena of Rhiwlas, Ronayne Regal, Colombina of Teffont, and Gormac Teal – all Field Spaniels that had proved to be excellent hunters.
The breed was originally introduced to America in the late 1800s. Though they have lost much of their popularity and are considered one of the rarest breeds in the United States today, the Field Spaniel’s hunting abilities are irrefutable.