Field Spaniel

Field SpanielField Spaniel History:

The first Field Spaniel was developed in England in the latter half of the 19th century to be a medium-sized, all-black dog. It was also created at the same time dog shows were popular and it became known to be the first spaniel developed for conformation showing. In 1901, spaniels were divided and were classified into different kinds according to their weight.

The breed started out as a popular dog, but because of some unsuccessful cross-breeding, they didn’t make for a very attractive breed. After some time, a man named Mortimer Smith made the effort to bring back the Field Spaniel’s functional good looks.

In 1894, a fire destroyed a major kennel in 1909 and the breed practically disappeared in the United States. The last registration of a Field Spaniel was in 1930, and in 1967, importation of Field Spaniels occurred and those dogs along with other imports are the basis of the breed today.


Male Field Spaniels stand 18 inches at the shoulder while female Field Spaniels stand 17 inches. Their average weight is 37 to 45 pounds. They have a long, silky coat which comes in solid colors of black, liver, or roan. They could have ticked tan points and white markings on the throat and chest or could just have the same color as the rest of the body. They have a single coat that is moderately long with no undercoat. The fur on their chest, belly, ears and on the back of the legs feathers.


Field Spaniels are easygoing, sensitive, fun-loving, independent, and smart. They are patient with children and can be a good family dog. They are suitable for dog agility and hunting. They enjoy being with people and with other dogs and are generally docile and independent.


A Field Spaniel’s life span is 10-12 years and is prone to several health conditions, mostly ocular problems, like ear infections, hip dysplasia, allergies, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, cancer, cataracts, ectropion, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).