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Field Spaniel

FieldSpaniel

A Charming Family Companion

Docile, curious, active

Field Spaniels are eager to please, affectionate, and independent, medium-sized dogs. These intelligent spaniels get along with children and other pets. Field Spaniels make great companions for retirees, families, and active individuals. These devoted dogs are happiest when they have a job to do, and need either a vigorous run or a long walk every day.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:17-18 in. Weight:35-50 lb Lifespan:10-12 years

Size
3

1 = small - 5 = large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Always walk your Field Spaniel on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells. They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like flyball, agility, dock diving, and field trials.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Field Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Field Spaniels are easygoing and active companions that do best when they are given a job or purpose.

Positive Traits:

  • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Alert, curious, and busy

  • Intelligent and easy to train

  • Even-tempered, affectionate and happy-go-lucky

  • Sweet, playful, and friendly

Negative Traits:

  • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

  • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

  • Can be independent and strong-willed

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

  • Likes to dig

  • Needs frequent attention from their family

Whether you are considering adding a new Field Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Field Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Field Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Field Spaniel could encounter:

The Field Spaniel originated in England during the 1800s. They were bred to flush and retrieve birds or small game on land and in water. The Field Spaniel is a rare breed that was once considered the same as the English Cocker Spaniel. They are known for their docile nature, but were designed for activity and endurance. The Field Spaniel is a charming and fun-loving companion. Field Spaniels are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Field Spaniel shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increase "eye shine" at night

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Straining to defecate, bleeding, licking of the area around the rectum, or smelly discharge

  • Coughing, fainting episodes, tiring easily

  • Care

    Routine Care: Always walk your Field Spaniel on a leash, they have a tendency to run off after interesting smells. They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like flyball, agility, dock diving, and field trials.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Field Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Field Spaniels are easygoing and active companions that do best when they are given a job or purpose.

    Positive Traits:

    • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Intelligent and easy to train

    • Even-tempered, affectionate and happy-go-lucky

    • Sweet, playful, and friendly

    Negative Traits:

    • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Can be independent and strong-willed

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    • Likes to dig

    • Needs frequent attention from their family

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Field Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Field Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Field Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Field Spaniel could encounter:

  • History

    The Field Spaniel originated in England during the 1800s. They were bred to flush and retrieve birds or small game on land and in water. The Field Spaniel is a rare breed that was once considered the same as the English Cocker Spaniel. They are known for their docile nature, but were designed for activity and endurance. The Field Spaniel is a charming and fun-loving companion. Field Spaniels are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Field Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increase "eye shine" at night

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Straining to defecate, bleeding, licking of the area around the rectum, or smelly discharge

    • Coughing, fainting episodes, tiring easily

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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