Origin: United Kingdom
Type: Gun dog
Weight: General – 16-22.5kg
Height: General – 18in / 46cm
Appearance: The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized dog breed. They have a dense single-layered coat that repels water. The hair is relatively long, longer on the chest, ears and the back of the legs. Usually the coat comes in black, liver, golden liver or roan. The Field spaniel has pendant, medium-length ears and the eyes are almond-shaped in shades of brown. They have naturally long tails but in the countries where this is allowed they are often docked.
Temperament: Field spaniels are kind affectionate and easygoing dogs. They are people-oriented but as ever early training and socialisation are important to produce a well-balanced mature dog. Spaniels are sensitive and need careful, gentle training to avoid them becoming distant and neurotic. Their innate character is that of a loving and curious animal who will be a great friend.
Skills: Field spaniels are active and very energetic dogs. They aren’t the easiest to train and need daily exercise. Field spaniels do well in agility and obedience competitions. Rally, tracking, conformation and hunt tests are other great ways to keep your pet active. They love water too and will seize any opportunity to get wet.
Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Field spaniels are great family pets. However they can be easily irritated and don’t like the noise and activity that come with a toddler. If you socialise and train them as puppies though, and of course teach your children how to interact with animals, they will easily become best friends.
Common Health Problems: Some of the most common health issues that may occur are ear infections, hip dysplasia, allergies, cancer, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, cataracts, epilepsy, ectropion, hypothyroidism and progressive retinal atrophy.
Lifespan: Average 10 to 12 years.