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Field Spaniel

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.

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AKC Group: Sporting

Breed Club: Field Spaniel Society of America, Inc

Rescue Club: Cheryl Benedict, (608) 348-2380, Wisconsin: Email: [email protected]

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Body Type:

  • Longer and lower than other spaniels, otherwise a typical spaniel build
  • Height: 18 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 35-50 pounds
  • The docked tail is carried low, usually below level of the back
  • The low-set, hanging ears are not altered


  • A friend to all. This spaniel has the typical cheerful nature that has made the family so popular around the world
  • Gets along well with children and other pets
  • Gentle and easy going. Very willing to do your bidding


  • The silky, glossy coat should be flat or slightly wavy, never curly. It is more setter-like than spaniel
  • Permissible colors are black, liver, golden-liver, roan, mahogany-red, or any of these with tan markings
  • Moderate grooming required

Health Concerns:

  • Subject to hip dysplasia
  • Possible ear trouble
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • The rarity of this breed will make finding a puppy rather difficult

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