Field Spaniel Dog Breed Information
Field Spaniel Coat
The Field Spaniel has a coat of moderate length. It is either flat, or may be slightly wavy. Dense in texture, it makes this breed weather resistant. The coat is silky, glossy, and has setter-like feathering behind the legs, on the chest, and on the stomach. The most common coat colour is black, but may also come in liver, mahogany red, or golden liver. Tan markings or speckles may also be present.
Field Spaniel Character
A well-balanced, medium-sized breed, the Field Spaniel is the total embodiment of utility, beauty, hunter, and companion. They are built for activity and endurance in water as well as heavy cover. Field Spaniels are noble, proud, and docile with abundant enthusiasm and affection.
Field Spaniel Temperament
Of the Spaniel breeds, the Field Spaniel is considered to have the best personality. They are playful, intelligent, sweet, and well mannered. This breed has a tendency to be reserved with strangers, but generally loves everyone. They are very independent and may be stubborn. The Field Spaniel is excellent with considerate well-behaved children. They are good with other dogs and animals. Field Spaniels do have a tendency to become overly attached to one specific family member and will ignore all others. They thrive on human companionship and interaction and will become neurotic if deprived of this. They are alert and will bark an alarm to visitors or unfamiliar sounds. With their retrieving nature, this breed loves to carry objects around in their mouths.
Field Spaniel Care
Field Spaniels require combing and brushing at least twice weekly. Professional grooming is recommended at least four times a year. The ears should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis.
Field Spaniel Activity
Field Spaniels need an inordinate amount of exercise, and are not suited for a sedentary family. They are at their best when given a chance to romp and run. The Field Spaniel is not recommended for apartment dwelling. They are moderately active indoors, but need a large securely fenced yard, or a home in the country. Swimming, playing ball, jogging, or hunting will keep this breed healthy and happy.
Field Spaniel Health and Life Expectancy
The Field Spaniel is prone to such health issues as hip dysplasia, thyroid disease, ear infections, and eye problems. They prefer cooler climates. The life expectancy of the Field Spaniel is around 10-12 years, and there are a number of health issues relating to this breed, although Field Spaniels are largely a healthy and hardy breed. Some of the health problems to look out for include cataracts, thyroid problems, PRA, and HD. Parents of the Field Spaniel puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.