Field Spaniel Overview
The Field Spaniel is actually closely related to English Springer Spaniels. At one point in time, young Field Spaniels could be registered as Springers until they were large enough to be considered for the Field Spaniel category. While the breed has had a tumultuous history due to over breeding and genetic disease, careful breeding has made it a more popular breed once again.
Field Spaniel Characteristics
Like other Spaniels, the Field Spaniel is an active breed bred with hunting instincts. They are sweet, friendly and loyal dogs making them a great friendly pet. The Field Spaniel also sports the same feathery coat and long dropped ears of its Cocker Spaniel cousins, making it a good looking dog.
Field Spaniel Temperament
Field Spaniels are sweet, loyal and intelligent. Their calm and loving nature makes them an ideal pet both for families and in the field. They are sweet and get along well with others, making them a loved pet. Their intelligent nature also makes them very easily trainable.
Field Spaniel Care
Due to excessive inbreeding in the breed’s development, several genetic diseases are found. This includes hip dysplasia, thyroid issues and chronic ear infections. However, this dog breed has a lifespan of 11 to 15 years, average for dogs their size.
Field Spaniel Coat
Field Spaniels have a longer, feathery coat that requires frequent brushing to stay free of mats. Care should also be taken after a trip in the field to remove any burrs or seeds that get lodged in the fur. Field Spaniels are also prone to ear infections so ears should be regularly inspected and cleaned to prevent chronic issues.
Field Spaniel Training
The friendly, intelligent nature of this breed makes them very easily trainable. However, a calm, positive approach to training should be taken as Field Spaniels can be sensitive to more heavy-handed techniques. They are a breed eager to please and so pick up obedience quickly to please their owners.
Field Spaniel Activity
They were bred to be active, and so they should be kept active even if not in the hunting field. Natural born hunters, they do well in field trials and other activities that challenge their bodies and minds. Vigorous and regular exercise is best for keeping this dog happy and keeping them well-trained as a family pet.