Field Spaniels have sturdy, medium-sized frames—a little stockier and longer than Cocker Spaniels—covered in long or flat silky coats that usually come in solid black or liver with possible tan markings. Their handsome, well-proportioned heads have long (but not narrow) muzzles, large noses with open nostrils, almond-shaped eyes, and long, well-feathered ears. Their tails, sometimes docked, are carried in line with their backs. Overall, Field Spaniels appear handsome and responsive.
Field Spaniels are known for having winning, outgoing dispositions. Easygoing but independent, intelligent but affectionate, active but cuddly, this canine can win over the darkest of hearts.
Field Spaniels have a calm demeanor, but they don’t appreciate rough play or poor treatment. They love children and get along well with other pets, but they expect to be treated with respect. Being a working breed, the Field Spaniel is at its best when it has a job to do.
Field Spaniels can live as long as 13 years with relatively few genetic health problems. Some may develop hip dysplasia and eye problems. The Field Spaniel’s silky coat needs regular brushing and bi-monthly clipping. Also remember to check the ears every week for signs of infection.
Vigorous and alert, the Field Spaniel needs lots of exercise to maintain a healthy state of mind and body. It might not be suited for apartment life. Make sure it gets daily walks and the occasional romp through a protected outdoor area. But keep in mind that the Field Spaniel is quick and has a very inquisitive nose.
Field Spaniels originated as a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and several longer and larger dogs from the Spaniel family. Bred mainly for competition and companionship, the Field Spaniel suffered a drop in popularity in the 1940s due to some awkward breeding practices that made the dog very long and low. Dog enthusiasts have since restored the Field Spaniel, which continues to be an affectionate household companion.