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Field Spaniel

Personality:Sweet, sensitive, fun-loving, and smart; a real people-pleaser

Coat & Grooming:Regular brushing and combing brings out the beauty of the moderately long, silky coat

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Tranquil around the house but vigorous and game for anything when at play

Originally: England

Nicknames: None

Size: Medium

Meet the Field Spaniel

​Field Spaniels resemble Cocker Spaniels but are longer and a bit larger. The distinctive glossy coat is either black or some shade of liver, or combinations of the two. They stand 17 or 18 inches at the shoulder and should present the picture of well-balanced, moderately proportioned hunting companions. The long, feathery ears frame a facial expression conveying a gentle intelligence. Field Spaniel movement appears effortless, with a majestic stride characteristic of the breed.

What's Their Story?

​The Field Spaniel’s rise and fall and rise-again is a cautionary tale in three acts. Act I: In the early 1800s, Field Spaniels are able, dependable hunting dogs. Act II: With the advent of dog shows after mid-century, breeders produce a showy Field Spaniel, exaggerating its long, low shape to extremes and negating its worth as a gundog. Act III: In the late 1960s, enthusiasts revive the breed by getting back to basics and rebuilding the dog along its original working lines.

What are they Like?

​You can spend a lifetime among dog people without hearing a bad word about the personality of well-bred Field Spaniels. They’re affectionate, smart, sensitive souls with just enough independence to make life interesting. The U.S. breed standard calls them “unusually docile,” but they’re nonetheless playful and enjoy a good romp. Field Spaniels are patient and trustworthy with kids, tolerant of their fellow mammals, and responsive to training. Their numbers are small, but their charm is enormous.

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