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Field Spaniel

Active sporting spaniel suited to country lifestyle

In the late 19th century the term “field spaniel” was used to describe all the land spaniels which were then apportioned with names depending on size and colour: smaller dogs were Cockers, larger ones Springers. If the larger ones were liver/white and black/white they were deemed Springers, if solid coloured they were Fields. The breed has a fascinating history from the early days with much use of Sussex Spaniel blood and later outcrossing with Springer Spaniel and even Basset Hound. Breed type fluctuated and the breed fell into decline. The Field Spaniel Society was formed in 1923 and serious breeders worked hard for its survival. In the 1940’s the average annual registration was fewer than 10. Another English Springer outcross was used and from this new blood, there was a resurgence of breeding stock and interest in the breed. The outcross brought coloured dogs into the breed and whilst the solid colours of liver and black (sometimes with tan markings) remain the most popular colours, roans are also permitted.

An active sporting breed, the Field Spaniel possesses an energetic spirit that does best with regular exercise and mental stimulation. They are suitable for many canine sports and activities and enjoy brisk activity, as well as downtime at home with their families. Field Spaniels are found in a wide variety of lifestyles, from city to country, but do best when given challenges for both the mind and body. The Field Spaniel is an intelligent problem-solver who is trainable and can excel at any game when properly motivated. These “thinking dogs” thrive best on clear communication and reward, with minimal correction. They require early socialisation and a family sensitive to their needs. Fields love their people and range from serious to clownish in attitude. Once they understand expectations, they are solid in training, and the breed excels in multiple canine sports and activities. Field Spaniels are an amazing, soft breed that are not for everyone, but owners feel their sometimes-oafish habits such as snoring, sloppy drinking, and perpetually shedding coats are well worth their companionship. One of the defining characteristics of the breed is an unusually docile nature. They are a real people pleaser and thrives on affection and human companionship. They has enormous charm and makes an ideal companion for young and old alike.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKGundog
Bred ForRetrieving & Flushing Game, Companion
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginEngland, UK
TemperamentIndependent, Active, Docile
Exercise NeededMore than 2 hours a day
Size of Home NeededSmall
Height at Withers – Females46 cm / 18 in
Height at Withers – Males46 cm / 18 in
GroomingSeveral times a week
CoatMedium and Silky
Life Expectancy10 – 13 years
  • Field Spaniels need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.
  • The fun-loving Field Spaniel also enjoys splashing in puddles and slobbering in water bowls and will track mud around the house with his oversized webbed feet. Not a good breed for the fastidious housekeeper!
  • 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 Field Spaniel is one of the rarest Spaniel breeds.
  • The Field Spaniels are a sensitive breed and don’t do well with any harsh treatment, raised voices or homes with high-stress.


Breed standards vary throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Field Spaniels.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


Enjoy this video about Field Spaniels, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Field Spaniel breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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