Field Spaniel

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The Field Spaniel is level-headed and patient, making it a great family pet. They are calm and docile around the house, but turn up the energy when they’re playing or hunting.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 4in - 1ft 6in
Weight: 37-50lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Field Spaniel Information

A very close relative of the Cocker Spaniel, the Field Spaniel is larger and longer in build with a glossy coat that can be black or liver.


The Field Spaniel is a rare and highly prized breed of sporting dog known for its graceful and athletic physique and intelligent and affable temperament. Originally bred in England in the 19th century for hunting and retrieving game in the field, these loyal and versatile canines have since become popular as companion animals and show dogs.

The Field Spaniel’s history can be traced back to the early 1800s when it was developed by crossing English Cocker Spaniels with English Springer Spaniels. This resulted in a smaller and more agile breed than the English Cocker, with a longer and more elegant coat. The Field Spaniel quickly gained popularity among British sporting enthusiasts, who prized the breed for its keen sense of smell and tireless stamina in the field.

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Training and Temperament

Despite their energetic and athletic nature, Field Spaniels are also known for their docile and affectionate disposition. They are typically good-natured and easy to train, making them an ideal choice for families with children or novice dog owners.

Sweet and fun-loving, the Field Spaniel aims to please his family members. He can be standoffish with strangers, although he quickly warms up once trust is earned. The breed is highly intelligent, which makes training easy, but harsh training is not recommended due to its sensitivity. Positive reinforcement works best.


Grooming a Field Spaniel requires some time and effort, as their long and lustrous coats tend to tangle and mat easily. Regular brushing, combing, and bathing are necessary to keep their coats looking clean and healthy. They may also require occasional trimming or shaping to maintain their elegant appearance.

In conclusion, the Field Spaniel is a noble and endearing breed that is well-suited for various roles, including hunting, showmanship, and companionship. Their versatility, intelligence, and good-natured temperament make them a delightful addition to any household.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Field Spaniels be apartment dogs?

Field Spaniels aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Field Spaniels be left alone?

While Field Spaniels prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Field Spaniels good with kids?

Field Spaniels do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Field Spaniels friendly with strangers?

Although Field Spaniels can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Field Spaniels get along with other dogs?

Although Field Spaniels will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Field Spaniels bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Field Spaniels bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Field Spaniels shed a lot?

Field Spaniels shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Field Spaniels need a lot of grooming?

Field Spaniels don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Field Spaniels need a lot of exercise?

The Field Spaniel has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Field Spaniels easy to train?

Typically, Field Spaniels are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Field Spaniels handle cold weather?

Field Spaniels do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Field Spaniels handle hot weather?

Field Spaniels do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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