Field Spaniel

Field Spaniel
Sporting Group

Field Spaniel - General Information

Weight: 35-50 lbs

Height: male: 18, female: 17 inches

Color(s): black, liver, roan, or any of these with tan points

Character: A well-balanced, medium-sized breed, the Field Spaniel is the total embodiment of utility, beauty, hunter, and companion. They are built for activity and endurance in water as well as heavy cover. Field Spaniels are noble, proud, and docile with abundant enthusiasm and affection.

Temperament: Of the Spaniel breeds, the Field Spaniel is considered to have the best personality. They are playful, intelligent, sweet, and well mannered. This breed has a tendency to be reserved with strangers, but generally loves everyone. They are very independent and may be stubborn. The Field Spaniel is excellent with considerate well-behaved children. They are good with other dogs and animals. Field Spaniels do have a tendency to become overly attached to one specific family member and will ignore all others. They thrive on human companionship and interaction and will become neurotic if deprived of this. They are alert and will bark an alarm to visitors or unfamiliar sounds. With their retrieving nature, this breed loves to carry objects around in their mouths.

Care: Field Spaniels require combing and brushing at least twice weekly. Professional grooming is recommended at least four times a year. The ears should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis. The Field Spaniel is prone to such health issues as hip dysplasia, thyroid disease, ear infections, and eye problems. They prefer cooler climates.

Training: The Field Spaniel requires early socialization to prevent timidity and dog aggression later in life. This breed is at its best when given a job to do. They learn quickly, but have a sensitive nature. They will not respond to harshness or a heavy-handed approach when being trained. Field Spaniels need a firm, fair, consistent, and loving method of training. They excel in tracking, hunting, and retrieving.

Activity: Field Spaniels need an inordinate amount of exercise, and are not suited for a sedentary family. They are at their best when given a chance to romp and run. The Field Spaniel is not recommended for apartment dwelling. They are moderately active indoors, but need a large securely fenced yard, or a home in the country. Swimming, playing ball, jogging, or hunting will keep this breed healthy and happy.