Field Spaniel

Sporting Group

Field Spaniel sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females ~17 in, Males ~18 in

Weight

35-50 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The Field Spaniel originated in the United Kingdom during the 19th century. During this time, spaniels were divided by type, not breed, and it was common for a large springer spaniel and a small "cocking" spaniel to be born to the same litter. The popularity of dog shows skyrocketed in the mid-19th century, leading to the division of spaniels to their own breeds. The Field Spaniel was very popular in these dog shows, and many breeders selected for exaggerated characteristics in their dogs which introduced many health problems into the breed. The health problems in addition to the show Field Spaniels' inability to function as gun dogs almost brought the breed to extinction. Luckily, enthusiasts of the breed took the initiative to rehabilitate it, bringing the Field Spaniel back. Today, it is still a very rare breed, even in the United Kingdom.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Field Spaniels will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Loyal, loving, people-oriented, and generally eager to please

Love to swim and play in water

Can be mischievous and independent at times, so motivational training is a must

Will bark to warn of an approaching person, but don't make good guard dogs

Can be reserved with strangers and sometimes bond especially hard to one person