The Field Spaniel is an AKC-registered purebred English spaniel breed that developed as a hunter dog in the late 1800s. The exclusive feature of this extremely rare breed is its solid dark-colored coat. Their overall body structure is short, making them stand quite close to the ground level.The body is covered with medium to long hair, while the head is relatively larger, ending in an elongated muzzle. They have almond-shaped eyes, conspicuously low-hanging ears, and a furry tail.
|Coat||Long, Silky, Dense, Fine, Water-Resistant|
|Colors||Black, Liver, Black & Tan, Blue, Brown|
|Type||Spaniel, Sporting Dog, Watchdog, Hunting Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 years|
|Weight||35-50 pounds (both male and female)|
Male: 17 – 19 inches;
Female: 16 – 18 inches
|Litter Size||4-8 puppies|
|Personality Traits||Affectionate, playful, loyal, active, alert, social|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Other Pets||Yes (including cats and other dogs)|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||Yes|
|Climatic Compatibility||Not good with climatic extremities|
|Country of Origin||UK|
|Time/Year of Origin||Late 1800s|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||AKC, ACA, ACR, AKC/FSS, ANKC, APRI, CKC, CKC, DRA, FCI, KCGB, NAPR, NKC, NZKC, UKC
Breed Club (USA)
It didn’t take long for the Field Spaniel to be recognized by the AKC after it was introduced in the late 1800s. However, the breed had to travel a long distance to attain its present status as an excellent hunting dog.
This medium size dog derived its traits from other purebred spaniels like English Water Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel. Initially, it began as a large breed with an enormously long and hefty body (weighing over 25 pounds), but with a relatively shorter height – standing close to the ground level. This contrast acted as a hindrance to their free movement through cover. Also, the dark coat of this breed prevented the hunters from spotting them in hunting conditions. All these factors failed to impress the hunters and the sportsmen, and the breed gradually began to fade away in the background.
With all this in mind, the contemporary breeders took a brisk initiative to bring a change in this breed and bring it back, making it an excellent utility dog. They began with mating them with the English Springer Spaniels. The result was a success, and the first set of puppies that were born were named Elmbury Morwena, Ronayne Regal, Colombina and Gormac Teal. In the latter years, they grew up to be excellent hunter dogs and helped in the revival of the breed during that time.
However, since 2000, the breed has been on the verge of a steady decline. It is presently considered as one of the rarest dogs and has been registered as ‘Vulnerable Native Breed’ by The Kennel Club.
The Field Spaniel is a meek and docile-natured dog that would do well with all members of the household, including children. Though they are loyal and dedicated to their owners, they have a strain of independence that often prompts them to do such things that might be amusing to them, but apparently seem to be mischievous to the others.
Field Spaniels are very active dogs and would guard the property of their owners. This trait also makes them an excellent watchdog. They are also good with their fellow pets, including dogs, provided they are well-socialized.
Standard high-energy dry kibble diet specified for medium sized, energetic dogs, is sufficient to keep it healthy. But also be aware of its tendency to put on weight.