The noble-looking Field Spaniel is slightly longer than he is tall. He has a gentle expression and a medium/long, thick, glossy coat that has ample feathering (longer hair) on the chest, stomach and backs of the legs. The coat comes in black, liver or roan, with or without tan markings. A medium-sized dog, he is about 46cm tall when fully grown and weighs between 18-25kg.
- Category size: Medium
- Grooming requirements: More than once a week
- Shedding: Moderate
- Allergies: No
- Noise: Vocal
- Dog Group Kennel Club: Gundog
- Alone: Less than 1 hour
- Other pets: High
- Stability as a guard: Medium
The Field Spaniel dog breed dates back approximately 150 years, to when it was developed from breeding the Cocker Spaniel with the larger Sussex. There is speculation that the Field Spaniel was further refined by adding other regional spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel, and perhaps even the Basset Hound. They have never enjoyed the wide fan base – as a show and working dog - of the Cocker or Springer, and have survived several dips in popularity over their history. Indeed, they are currently considered a rare, vulnerable breed in the UK.
The Field Spaniel is an active dog, ideally suited to an outdoors, country life. In the home, he is calmer and more laidback in temperament than some of the other spaniel breeds, and has an affectionate, sociable nature.
The Field Spaniel is generally a hardy breed. As with many breeds, they can suffer from vari.ous hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.
This country-loving, active dog needs two hours plus of daily exercise. A versatile dog, he will enjoy most activities, provided he's with his family and is being kept occupied mentally and physically
Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.
The medium/long coat is silky to the touch, but is also very practical, being dense and waterproof to protect against the elements and environment when the dog was out working. The coat should be groomed several times a week, paying particular attention to the feathering, which is prone to tangling. Check this dog after a walk and remove any debris from the coat.
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