Field SpanielThe Field Spaniel is also known as: None
|Group classification: Sporting||Country of origin: England||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 40 - 50 lb||Height (M): 17 - 19"||Life expectancy: 12 - 14 years|
|Weight (F): 35 - 45 lb||Height (F): 16 - 18"|
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General Description of the Field Spaniel
The Field Spaniel is a medium sized dog that is heavier and longer in body than its better known cousin, the Cocker Spaniel. These dogs have a beautiful glossy coat, flat or slightly wavy and moderately long. The legs, chest, and ears may have a moderate amount of feathering. Coloring can be solid or bicolored, liver, golden liver or black, with roaned or ticked areas, and occasionally some white on the chest. The eyes are almond shaped, dark brown or hazel, and convey a look of concern and gentleness. Long broad ears hang down from the sides of the head. The muzzle is long and lean with well developed nostrils for scenting birds in the brush. The Field Spaniel is slightly longer than it is tall. The neck is long and well muscled and the body athletic; the tail may be docked or left natural.
Field Spaniel Temperament
Even among the spaniel breeds, long known for their gentle dispositions, the Field Spaniel is considered kind and docile. Harsh training will not work with this sensitive dog, and may in fact alienate him. The Field Spaniel gets along exceedingly well with cats, dogs and children, and gets along moderately well with strangers; typically, a stranger requires only a brief evaluation to be accepted by this dog. The Field Spanielís hunting roots are ever present, and the dog has an abundant love of work and play. In fact, finding a task for your Field Spaniel to perform is likely to keep him happy and out of trouble. Do not let this dogís kind demeanor fool you Ė it needs as much action and excitement as any retriever.
Caring for a Field Spaniel
As a working field dog this breed does best when given a good amount of exercise. Due to their tendency to follow their noses a Field Spaniel should be kept on a leash unless the owner is away from streets and sure of the animalís obedience. The silky coat needs to be brushed once or twice a week. Heavy hanging ears can be prone to infections and should be kept clean. These dogs are only moderate shedders. Health conditions seen in the Field Spaniel include canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and otitis externa.
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