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Field Spaniel


Field Spaniel Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 17" - 18"
  • Weight
  • 35-50 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Red
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names


The field spaniel developed in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

The Field spaniel emerged as a unique breed in 1892. Prior to that it was one in the same with cocker spaniels.


The field spaniel and the cocker spaniel developed side by side until 1892. In any given litter the larger pups were called field spaniels and the smaller dogs were called cockers. Poor breeding affected the breed adversely for many years, until fanciers re-focused on maintaining effectiveness in the field. The breed was first imported to the U.S in the late nineteenth century but never became popular. It remains rare.


This is a sturdy, medium sized dog that is longer than it is tall. The head is rectangular in shape with long, wide drop ears and almond shaped brown eyes. There is a docked or natural tail. The glossy single coat has feathering on the chest, belly, back of legs and underside of tail.


The field spaniel is a lively, fun loving and vocal dog that loves the water.


Hardy, fast, agile, active and especially well adapted to hunting over open country, as its name indicates. Because of its exceptionally mild temperament , the field spaniel enjoys great esteem as a companion dog.

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia, ecropion, entropion, PRA, subaortic stenosis, thyroid disease.

Additional Information

This breed does well with a job to preform and requires daily exercise.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide

Publisher: Aaronco, 2002

Website: http://www.aaroncopet.com

Author: Sam Kohl

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