Field spaniel

Field spaniel Breed description: Character & Co

Field spaniel


The Field Spaniel - a faithful companion with a lot of fun in life

General information about the Field Spaniel

The British Field Spaniel is assigned to FCI group 8 and section 2, under standard number 123. The Field Spaniel is closely related to the Cocker Spanieland also has a medium length, smooth coat. The Field Spaniel belongs to the group of retrieving, water and fetch dogs and originated in the United Kingdom, where it was used as a hunting dog. These dogs reach a weight of 18-25 kg, with a height at the withers of about 46 cm.

Origin and history of the Field Spaniel

The Field Spaniel bears its name because in England in the 19th century all Spaniels were divided according to their function. So there were Water Spaniels and Field Spaniels, in German "Land" Spaniels. Among the Field Spaniels are also the Springer Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel and the Sussex Spaniel. The small Land Spaniel is very closely related to the Cocker Spaniel. In the past, the British crossed all Spaniel types with each other until they were finally distinguished as individual types in the late 19th century. The Field Spaniel was used a lot for hunting, which is due to its gift as a retriever. The existence of the Field Spaniel was enormously threatened by the Second World War, which is why fewer and fewer specimens have been registered by the English Kennel Club to date.

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Alternate Name -
Origin UK
Life expectancy 10 - 12 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group Flushing Dogs
AKC group Sporting Group
KC group Gundog Group

Description and characteristics of the Field Spaniel

The gentle Spaniel elicits a smile from everyone. If you are looking for an active family dog, the Field Spaniel is definitely a good choice. These medium-sized dogs have a very friendly and good-natured nature, but they also like to be challenged. Like its relatives, the Field Spaniel needs plenty of exercise and exposure. The hunting dog genes show through his urge to move and its intelligence.

Keeping and using the Field Spaniel

If you would like to keep a Field Spaniel, there are a few points you should definitely consider:

Enough exercise

The Field Spaniel's hunting dog genes drive it forward at all times. This breed needs a lot of exercise and exposure to be happy. Not only is the Field Spaniel perfect as a jogging partner, it also really enjoys dog sports and dog training.

Recommended here are:

  • Agility
  • Flyball
  • Obedience
  • Tracking training
  • Companion dog training

The Spaniel needs consistent training

The Field Spaniel is very human oriented and will remain loyal to your side as long as you train it consistently and lovingly. The good-natured Spaniels learn very quickly and are very curious, but they also have a mind of their own.

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Since the Field Spaniel, like many of his relatives, has a relatively long and dense coat, you will need to brush your dog regularly. Especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your dog, it is important to remove dirt and tangles from the coat. Since the coat is always growing back, it needs to be trimmed regularly.

Breeding the Field Spaniel

Since this breed is rather rare today, the purchase usually happens through a few detours. The Field Spaniel breeding is very rare and there are hardly any breeders left. Well known is the registered breeder Ulf Baumann, who breeds Field Spaniels among others in Belau. It is recommended that you also ask in animal shelters to help Field Spaniels in need.

Diseases typical for the breed

The Field Spaniel is affected by hereditary hip dysplasia and various eye diseases. However, these diseases are less common in dogs from a reputable breed.

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The Field Spaniel has medium-length and soft fur that can appear either black, brown, or moldy. Tan markings are characteristic of this Spaniel species, but white markings are also allowed on the chest according to the standard. On the abdomen, chest, and ears, Field Spaniels exhibit pronounced hangings that are constantly growing back. The lovable Spaniels grow to a height of about 46 cm and can reach a weight of up to 25 kg.

Fur length medium
Fur wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out
Anatomy slim
Size ♀ 43 - 46 cm
Weight ♀ 17 - 24 kg
Size ♂ 44 - 47 cm
Weight ♂ 18 - 25 kg
Suitable For -
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  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Eye infections

    Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.

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