This magnificent canine specimen is an excellent companion, whether you are a hunter or not. He loves the opportunity to run freely in the fields. If he were human, he would probably be described as a "woodsman" who loves freedom and the great outdoors. He is a "Field Spaniel" who loves the great outdoors, wide open spaces and freedom to run at leasure in the company of his family, which he particularly likes. The Field Spaniel is an adorable companion to absolutely discover.
Quick Overview of the Field Spaniel
- Sensitive and docile
- Fairly independent
- Active and agile
- Long silky shiny coat
- Big almond eyes
- Robust and solid
- Rarely ill
- No particular pathology
Temperament of the Field Spaniel
This magnificent specimen, well proportioned and with a superb coat, has very good aptitudes for hunting but also for becoming the best companion dog.
Sensitive, docile, slightly independent but affectionate, active, agile and very hardy, the Field Spaniel can be both hunter and life companion.
Dedicated and constantly ready to please his own, he is rather reserved towards strangers but never aggressive.
He is sociable and very easy to train.
Noble, active, strong, the Field Spaniel has a well-proportioned silhouette with a solid build created for intense activity and resistance.
Like most English Wirehaired Pointers, he has a dignified, noble gait.
Between 43 and 46 cm (16.93 to 18.11 inches) for the male
Between 43 and 46 cm (16.93 to 18.11 inches) for the female
Between 16 and 20 kg (35.27 to 44.09 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 20 kg (35.27 to 44.09 pounds) for the female
His coat can be black, roan, liver, or one of these colors with red spots.
His long, shiny coat is flat and silky in texture. It is harsh and short but never curly.
His high density enables him to withstand the elements. His chest, body and back of the legs are furnished with abundant bangs.
His head is very well chiselled and has a moderate stop.
His large almond-shaped eyes are a beautiful hazelnut color. His large, broad and long ears are fringed and set low.
His nose is in harmony with his coat. His tail, usually shortened, is never carried over the back and is set low.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 2 and is #123
Characteristics of the Field Spaniel
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Every dog breed has its own characteristics. However, the actual character of a dog can vary from one to another within the same breed.
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Tips About this breed
City dwellers who want to own such a dog will have to make sure to provide him with large spaces where he can spend his boundless energy, otherwise he will be very unhappy.
He is a dog of the great outdoors and the countryside suits him perfectly. His exercise must be intense and regular.
Daily walks are not enough in his case. He needs to run and play in profusion. This game retriever loves all types of terrain, from bushes to water.
This excellent hunter will make all types of owners happy, as long as they are willing to provide him with the space he needs to develop.
Sedentary people should think twice before buying such a dog.
His fur allows him to resist to bad weather and he can live very well outdoors. His good temperament makes him an excellent companion dog, but his great need for exercise makes him prefer a sporty master to a more sedentary, home-loving master.
His education is not a problem. It must be firm but gentle because he is very docile. Even if he is slightly independent, he remains a very affectionate dog, close to his family.
Health of the Field Spaniel
The Field Spaniel is robust and solid. He is rarely sick.
The breed is not affected by any particular pathology and generally enjoys excellent health and life expectancy.
There is nothing special about his maintenance, apart from his beautiful long, drooping ears which should be monitored regularly. It is also preferable to brush him two or three times a week. No other maintenance is necessary.
History of this breed
Originally from Great Britain, the Field Spaniel was considered a Cocker instead of a Spaniel until 1892.
Later, his weight made the official difference between the two breeds. He thus joined the Spaniel category.
Multiple crossbreeding with the Basset Hound and the Sussex Spaniel made a longer and shorter dog with a much heavier head.
Unfortunately, these changes greatly affected his popularity. By the middle of the 20th century, he was threatened with extinction, but new crossbreeding with the Springer Spaniel allowed him to regain some of the characteristics lost over the years.
Despite these many changes, the Field Spaniel only arrived in France in the 1980s.
The race was saved from extinction but the numbers are still low. Like the majority of Spaniels, he is an excellent hunting dog with wonderful qualities as a life companion for both adults and children, with whom he loves to play.