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Field Spaniel

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Field Spaniel

Field Spaniels are a well-balanced and hard working breed. Their dense, weatherproof coats are silky and long. Feathering is located in the legs, chest, ears, tail, and under carriage. The coat colors are black, liver, or roan. Some also have a small amount of white on their chests. The well-defined head should have a long and lean muzzle. The almond-shaped eyes should be dark brown or hazel in color. The long, pendant ears should be wide and if pulled forward should reach the end of the muzzle. The large nose should have open nostrils and the teeth in the strong jaw should meet in a scissor-like bite. The muscular neck should be long. The topline should be level and the chest deep. The forelegs should be straight and hindlegs muscular. The feet should be round. The low set tail is customarily docked and should never be carried above the topline. If not docked, the tail should reach the hocks.

Temperament Field Spaniels are mild-mannered, sweet, friendly and playful dogs. They have docile natures and love everyone. They get along well with children, dogs and other animals. However, if play turns rough, they will become withdrawn. They should be socialized from an early age to prevent timidity. They enjoy people and become neurotic if kept in a kennel. Some lines may be reserved with strangers and some will only be devoted to one member of the family, ignoring the rest. It is essential that Field Spaniels get enough exercise. They love to roam indoors and out, being suited best for country living. They can become very vocal and must be trained when to stop.
Height, Weight Height: about 18" ; Weight: 35-50 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to ear infections and hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions Field Spaniels should not live in an apartment. It is recommended that they have at least a medium-sized yard with a fence. Keep this dog either on a leash or in a secure fenced yard because he may take off after an interesting scent. They prefer cooler temperatures. Do not lock this breed in a kennel.
Exercise This working breed dog requires lots of exercise. He loves to run and explore his surroundings. Remember to keep him on his lead. They adapt well to family situations.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed needs lots of grooming. It requires regular brushing twice a week. The ears should be kept as clean as possible. For show dogs, professional grooming is recommended four times a year.
Origin The first recording of Field Spaniels was in the early 19th century. Early litters of this breed contained both Field and Cockers Spaniels. During the 1800s they were recognized as a separate breed from the Cocker Spaniels and selective breeding began. The results of this, however, were disastrous due to poor selection practices. Breeders were overexaggerating the dog's length and weight. The outcome was dogs unable to complete their tasks in the field which then led to the near extinction of the entire breed. By the 1920s, breeders returned to moderation by introducing Spring Spaniels and English Cocker Spaniels into the line. Over the years the Field Spaniels have increased in numbers although they are still very rare outside of England. In 1969 their championship status was also returned after being taken away following World War II. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog