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Field Spaniel


Basic Information

United Kingdom
Breed Group
Black,Black and Tan,Blue,Brown
25 - 35 Pounds
14 - 16 Inches



The Field Spaniel has to be one of the lesser known of the spaniel type dogs although at one time they were often seen in the show ring having been specifically bred to be exhibited rather than to work as gundogs. Today, these charming spaniels have been classed as a vulnerable native breed by The Kennel Club even though they are a great choice not only as working dogs, but as companions and family pets for people who live in the country and enjoy spending as much of their free time in the great outdoors. They are intelligent, personable and boast lovely glossy coats that really helps these dogs stand out in a crowd making them one of the more attractive native spaniels.

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The Field Spaniel was developed by crossing Sussex Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels during the 19th century with the end goal being to produce show dogs rather than working dogs. Because they were not bred to work, they were too slow and cumbersome when compared to other working dogs in the gundog group and as such breeders began developing the breed even more with disastrous results.

These charming dogs virtually disappeared until enthusiastic and dedicated breeders managed to save the breed from extinction. The result of their endeavours was the Field Spaniel that we know today and their success meant the breed was once again recognised by the Kennel Club in 1969 after the breed's championship status had been withdrawn due to their very low numbers. Today, Field Spaniels are considered one of the vulnerable native breeds with only 46 dogs having been registered with The Kennel Club in 2015.

Today, although not the most popular of the spaniel breeds, the Field Spaniel remains one of the native breeds that may soon make a comeback thanks to their charming looks and their kind, endearing and personable natures.

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