Field Spaniels


Field Spaniels

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Breed Notes:

During the early 1800s, the Field Spaniel was created as a hunter-companion that was heavier than the English Cocker Spaniel in order to work in heavy cover and water but retain the Cocker's merry disposition and affectionate personality. During the late 19th century, attempts to redefine the breed created such an exaggeration and change in type as to make him a caricature of the original goal. By the turn of the century, this had been revised and the Field Spaniel of today was created. He is shorter than the Springer Spaniel and taller than the Cocker Spaniel. Although he neared extinction in the 1950s, the popularity of the Field Spaniel has slowly grown since then.
The Field Spaniel is docile, sensitive, fun loving and intelligent. He has great affinity for human companionship. He is an active dog so needs to have plenty of exercise.
The Field Spaniel's skull is slightly wider toward the back of the crown than at the brow. The sides and cheeks are flat. The occiput (top of the skull) is rounded. The drop off to the muzzle (stop) is moderate but well defined by the slightly raised eyebrows. The eyes are almond shaped, set moderately wide and deep. The ears are wide and moderately long, reaching to the end of the muzzle. They are set slightly below eye level, moderately heavy, rounded at the tip and hang close to the head. The muzzle is long, strong and lean. The jaws are level with a scissors bite. The lips are close fitting and deep enough to cover the lower jaw but not hang below it. The neck is long, strong and muscular. The topline is level. The depth of chest equals the length of the front leg from elbow to the ground. The tail is set low and docked to balance the overall dog. The legs are straight and the feet are large, rounded and webbed. The gait is lively with the head carried above the level of the back. The coat is moderately long, dense and water repellent. It may be flat or slightly wavy, silky and glossy. There are setter-like featherings on the chest, underbody, back of legs, buttocks and underside of the tail. Coat color is black, liver, golden liver or roan. Tan points may exist. Average height is eighteen inches and average weight is between thirty-five and fifty pounds.


gibbsy@tesco.ne of Wales, UK writes:

Characters one and all.
This is a breed that goes straight to your heart. Wonderful temperament with a loyalty to their owners. We have had three, our first died far too young, she fit in so well with our Irish Setters, barely leaving their side. Our second, what a character! Powerful, handsome, but with a stubborn streak. Our third, and just a puppy, loving, kind, you just want to hug him. They all enjoy their walks and a swim, but if they get a scent beware, they can be very single-minded, just stay where you are and they will come back. We have had so much interest in them from people wanting to know what they are. In the show ring they can be hard work. On the upside they are easy to trim for show. Field Spaniels, just can't get enough of them.


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