Country/Date of Origin: Great Britain/1800s
One of the youngest of the spaniel breeds, the Field Spaniel is slower than the cocker and lower to the ground than the springer. It does the same job, however, flushing or "springing" game from cover so that the hunter can shoot it.
At the end of the 19th Century, a passion for a stylized spaniel was almost the undoing of the Field Spaniel. They were bred so low and so long with such heavy bones and short legs that they were useless in the field. In the twentieth century an infusion of Springer and Cocker blood fixed most of the excesses. Today it is a happy, healthy breed again.