Facts about Field Spaniel Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Field Spaniel puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Field Spaniel Information and History

The breed was developed in Great Britain and, for a time, was considered not as a separate breed but a larger version of the Cocker Spaniel.

No other breed in the Spaniel group went through so many transformations and exaggerations in type until it became the breed as we know it today. It was almost ruined by poor breeding practices in the late 1800s when breeders exaggerated the dog's natural length and weight.

To arrive at the modern Field Spaniel, and eliminate exaggerations in weight and length, it was necessary to introduce Cocker and English Springer Spaniel crosses.

The breed was introduced to United States in the 1880s but it took another 20 or 30 years until it became a distinct breed. At that time, it was decided that any dog over 25 pounds qualified as a Field Spaniel. Over time, more differences developed to identify it as a distinct breed.

Despite the breed's almost perfect temperament, it remains very rare.

Physical Characteristics of Field Spaniel Puppies

This is a medium-size dog that looks like a heavier and longer version of the Cocker Spaniel.

It has a body that is longer than it is tall. It also has a long and muscular neck, a broad head with a long and lean muzzle, and long drop down ears. The eyes are almond shaped and come in a variety of colors, ranging from dark hazel to dark brown. The tail is usually docked, but natural is also allowed.

The single coat is of medium length, glossy, and can be straight or wavy. There is feathering on the belly, chest, underside of the tail, and the legs.

The most common coat color is black, but golden and plain liver, brown, and roan are also common. There may also be a small amount of white in the chest area.

    Height Weight
  Male 18 inches 30 - 45 pounds
  Female 18 inches 30 - 45 pounds


The Field Spaniel is a mild mannered, docile, affectionate, and very independent dog. It's also very intelligent, fun-loving, and playful.

Field Spaniels are friendly, love to please their owners, get along well with other dogs and pets, and are especially good with children. They love to be involved in family activities and are especially happy when given a task to complete. These qualities make them excelling pets.

They are quick learners and not difficult to train, but are very sensitive and don't respond well to harsh treatment. When mistreated or handled roughly, they may become stubborn and stop responding.

There is couple of negative traits common to the Field Spaniel.

Unless you socialize them while they are young, a lot of these dogs grow up timid. With proper socialization training, they grow up friendly and sociable.

These dogs love to roam, so extra care must be taken to prevent them from escaping.

Finally, they tend to be one person dogs. After selecting their favorite person, all their attention and devotion is directed towards that person while mostly ignoring all others.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Field Spaniels require active owners living, preferably, in the suburbs.

They love human company and hate being locked away for long periods of time. An ideal owner is someone who is kind, patient, and has time to spend with his or her pet.

Some Field Spaniel breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is an active breed and needs a lot of exercise.

Field Spaniels can work off the excess energy by running off leash in a safe area. "Safe area" is the key, as the breed likes to roam.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap, easy to install, and will prevent your pet from escaping an unfenced yard.

These dogs will also enjoy going for long walks. If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, you can take your pet along, but always on leash.

At a minimum, take your pet for one or two long walks every day.


These dogs are average shedders.

Brush at least once a week. For best appearance, 2 to 3 times is recommended. The excessive hair can be cut every few months. Hair may also be thinned out in the neck, ears, and legs area.

To prevent ear infections, keep the ears clean.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Field Spaniel is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other common health problems include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, PRA, ear infections, and deafness. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Field Spaniel breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Field Spaniel puppy is between 10 and 12 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Field Spaniel rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

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