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Field Spaniel Training

First Impressions
A typical spaniel build, but somewhat longer and lower.

The History Of The Field Spaniel
The Field Spaniel originated in England during the 19th century.

One of the most recent of the spaniel breeds. It is characterized by being slower than the Cocker Spaniel and somewhat shorter than the Springer. It is bred to perform to posses similar hunting skills of flushing or "springing" game from cover, while working just ahead of the walking line of guns.

Description Of The Field Spaniel
The tail is docked in the US and carried below back level. The ears are unaltered and are set low.

This is a medium size spaniel and slightly heavier and longer than its cousin the Cocker. The coat is silky and either liver or black although some dogs have tan markings and some are roan. A small amount of white on the chest is permitted.

Legs, chest, ears, tail and its undersides are feathered but not curly. The nose is large with open nostrils. Almond shaped eyes are colored hazel or chestnut brown. Below the eyes it is lean and thin.

The breed averages average 18 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 35 - 50 pounds.

Coat & Grooming
The Field Spaniel should be brushed and combed once or twice a week. Any straggling hair should be trimmed. Ears should be kept clean. For show dogs a visit a professional groomer is recommended. Dead hair is plucked and hair on the ears, legs, and neck thinned out.

Temperament
A great personality and independent in nature. Mild mannered, gentle and affectionate. Intelligent and playful they make a great family member provided that are regularly exercised.

Known for their placid nature, they must be socialized well as puppies to avoid excessive timidity and to prevent problems with other dogs as they grow older. This breed loves everyone but may be reserved with strangers. Great children’s companions.

Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span is around 10 - 12 years.

Reported health problems are: hip dysplasia and ear infections.

Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.

Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and need at minimum a large yard. They need to be well secured as they tend to take off after interesting scents but avoid locking away in a kennel or it will become neurotic. They breed prefer cooler climates.

It is primarily a working field dog and requires a lot of exercise. At its happiest when allowed to run and explore.

For More Information on the Field Spaniel
To get more information, check out the Field Spaniel web site:

www.clubs.akc.org/fssa

There may also be rescue dogs available:

Check for details be emailing: maplesgr@mhtc.net

Summary
Primarily a breed made for hunting so needs to be well exercised. Great family dog but still rare and may be difficult to source.

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