Field Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Field Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Field Spaniel have?
Field
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Field Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Field Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Field Spaniel?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Field Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Field Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Field Spaniel gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Field Spaniel? How many Field Spaniel are there in the world?
Frequent: The Field Spaniel is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Field Spaniel Size

Size
Is a Field Spaniel small, medium or large dog?

How big do Field Spaniel get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Field Spaniel weigh? How much should the Field Spaniel breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Field Spaniel?
35-50 pounds (16-22.5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Field Spaniel?
42.5 pounds (16-22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Field Spaniel? Field Spaniel height:
18 inches (46 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Field Spaniel?
18 inches (46 cm)

Field Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Field Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseSilkyWaterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Field Spaniel's coat?
GoldenLiverBlue RoanBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Field Spaniel and how often?
Easy to groom: The Field Spaniel doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Field Spaniel is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Field Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Field?
Field Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Field Spaniel need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Field Spaniel every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Field Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Field Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AdaptableDocileSensitiveCautiousFamiliarSociable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Field Spaniel? Is the Field Spaniel breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Field Spaniel's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Field Spaniel is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Field Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Field Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Field Spaniel is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Field Spaniel sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Field Spaniels don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Field Spaniel a good family dog?
High: Field Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Field need? Field Spaniel social needs:
Field Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Field Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Field bark?
Low to Average: The Field Spaniel rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Field Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Field Spaniels are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Field Spaniel dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Field Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Field Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Field? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Field Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Field Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Field Spaniel has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Field Spaniel? How much bite force does a Field Spaniel have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Field Spaniel bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Field Spaniel, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Field Spaniel do?
Field Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Field Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Field Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Field Spaniel roam?
Field Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Field Spaniel have high prey drive?
Field Spaniels have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Field Spaniels are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Field Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Field Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Field Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Field Spaniel be left alone?
Field Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Field Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Field Spaniel temperament with other people:
Field Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Field Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Field Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Field Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Field Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Field Spaniel temperament with children:
Field Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Field Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Field Spaniel breed live with a cat?
Field Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Field Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Field Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs?
Field Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Field Spaniel can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Field Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Field Spaniel breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Field Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Field Spaniels good office dogs? Do Field Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Field Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Field Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Field Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Field temperament with senior people? Are Field Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Field Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Field Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Field Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Field Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Field Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Field Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of Field Spaniel:
Autoimmune HypothyroidismEpilepsyEye ProblemsHeart ProblemsHip DysplasiaHypothyroidism
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Field Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Field Spaniel see the vet?
Average
The Field Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Field Spaniel dogs live? How old can a Field Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the Field Spaniel? How many years can the oldest Field Spaniel live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Field Spaniel?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Field Spaniel: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Field Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Field Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Field Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the Field Spaniel?
Field Spaniels are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Field Spaniel need? How much exercise do Field Spaniel dogs require per day?
Field Spaniels need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Field Spaniel breed need?
Field Spaniels don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Field Spaniel need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Field Spaniel breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Field Spaniel? How much food should I feed my Field Spaniel?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Field Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Field Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Field Spaniel's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Field Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Field Spaniel drool?
The Field Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Field Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Field Spaniel.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Field Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Field Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Field Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Field Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Field Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Field Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Field Spaniel be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Field Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Field Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Field Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Field Spaniel be a boat dog?

Not really

Field Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Field Spaniel be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Field Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Field Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Field Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Field Spaniel pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Field Spaniel breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Field Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Field Spaniel have in a litter? How many puppies can the Field Spaniel breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Field Spaniel have? How many puppies can a Field Spaniel give birth to?
4-6 puppies

Field Spaniel Recognition

AKC Group
Is Field Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1894 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Field Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Field Spaniel breed?
American Kennel ClubCanadian Kennel ClubFederation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainAustralian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Field Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Field Spaniel's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Field Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Field Spaniel breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Field Spaniel doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Field Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Field Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Field Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Field Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Field Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Field Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Field Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Field Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Field Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Field Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Field Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Field Spaniel History

Field Spaniels are close relatives of the Cocker Spaniels and Springer Spaniels and were bred to hunt game in England's wide fields first. Modern Field Spaniels are more likely to be seen at dog shows, than on the hunting ground, moreover, they were among the first breeds to enter the “showbusiness”. Although they have preserved their hunter forebears' strong activity levels, playfulness, loyalty, and intelligence, making them an excellent choice for an active family.

Their show careers began long before the AKC was established in 1884, and even before the American Spaniel Club was established in 1881. They were documented in some of our country's first stud books. Benedict, the Black Field Spaniel Champion, was an American Champion by 1883, long before the AKC existed! "Dash," a Field Spaniel whelped in 1879 and imported by Mr. A. H. Moore, was the first Field Spaniel registered in America.

 

The beginning

They were not classified by breed before becoming show dogs; instead, they were arranged by size and work purpose. Earlier distinctions have evolved into today's breeds and groups. The smallest spaniels were called 'comforters,' and they were the forerunners of today's "toy" breeds. Larger working spaniels were divided into two groups: "land" spaniels and "water" spaniels.

The land spaniels were specialized in finding and flushing small animals, such as hare and game birds, and were originally used with falcons or the net, then subsequently as gun dogs when guns were used for hunting.

Because of their specific specialization of dealing with woodcock birds, the smallest of these land spaniels became known as "cocker spaniels" in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Because of the manner larger flushing spaniels would ‘spring' or flush out the game, they were popularly referred to as "field spaniels" or "springers”. So that’s the origin of the name.

 

Ancestry

The Field Spaniel evolved into a unique breed primarily as a result of crossbreeding larger black cocker spaniels with other regional strains, particularly those larger and longer Sussex strains.

Irish Water Spaniels (for the top knot and refined head), Norfolk or English Springer Spaniels, and even the Basset Hound (for color, short crooked legs, long body length, and haw) are said to have been crossed bred with these early Field Spaniels.

Cockers and Field Spaniels were often interbred at the time, and the resulting pups were displayed in whatever classification they most closely resembled, which was usually based on weight and color.

 

Dog show career

Setting defined types and breeds became crucial all of a sudden. Crosses between a Cocker, an English Springer, and a Sussex were officially recognized as Field Spaniels at these events. These early Fields were not just show-stoppers, but also skilled hunters.

The popularity of the breed in the ring encouraged breeders to create a showy Field Spaniel with a long, low shape that was described as a "grotesque caricature of a spaniel" by a commentator. The Field's value as a gundog was diminished by such short-sighted breeding tactics, which also added health issues to the breed.

The Field's popularity waned almost as quickly as it rose, and the breed was on the verge of extinction for a while but luckily by the 60’s enthusiasm toward the breed increased so they escaped extinction. Today although they are not among the most common breeds they are represented well in Europe and the United States but they can also be found in other parts of the world.

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Field Spaniel Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Anon

    Apr 19, 2021, 2:37:37 PM:

    Breed description very accurate. My Field Spaniel was a joyful, beautiful dog, whip smart & loyal. Great companion. You need a sense of humor, as smart dog=mischievous dog. Dog thrives with kind & quiet handling. Happiest in the company of his people.