Field Spaniels are one of the rarest dog breeds in the United States. They are larger and longer than their Cocker Spaniel cousins. This breed is smart, sweet, and sensitive.
Originally from England, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 35-50 pounds and lives an average of 12-13 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||12-13 years|
|Date of origin||1800s|
|Original function||Bird flushing and retrieving|
|Today's function||Bird flushing and retrieving|
|Average size of male||Height: 18 Weight: 35-50|
|Average size of female||Height: 18 Weight: 35-50|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Very friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Very friendly|
|Ease of training||Hard to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderately maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A FIELD SPANIEL'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Field Spaniels are eager to please and full of fun. These dogs are very playful and extremely affectionate. They often love children and are usually friendly with other dogs. They also do well with other pets and strangers. Of course, it's always best to supervise these interactions with any dog.
WHAT IS FIELD SPANIEL BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is a somewhat active breed. Plan for daily, moderate-length walks. Field Spaniels are playful and spunky outdoors but make for calm and polite housedogs.
These dogs are alert and vigilant but not especially protective. Field Spaniels are somewhat prone to barking—they might also sing along with the radio or passing sirens.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A FIELD SPANIEL?
This is a biddable breed, but their hunting instincts make them poor candidates for off-leash play outside a well-fenced area. The dog's sensitive nature requires a gentle touch. Reward your Field Spaniel with food treats, praise, and play.
Socialize your pup early and often to discourage shyness. They're eager to learn and excel in tracking, rally, obedience, and agility.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO FIELD SPANIELS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
A Field Spaniel's single coat is medium-length and glossy. Their hair can be slightly wavy or flat.
Field Spaniels are seasonal shedders who require occasional grooming. Plan for regular combing and brushing to keep their silky hair free of mats. Bathe your furry friend every other month or so.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO FIELD SPANIELS HAVE?
Field Spaniels are generally pretty healthy. Some Field Spaniels develop eye ailments, autoimmune disorders, and hip dysplasia.