Field Spaniel

The Field Spaniel is a seldom seen, handsome Spaniel that belongs to the gundog group.

Field Spaniel breed group


Size of the Field Spaniel


Country of Origin

Great Britain

Time of original development

Late 19th century

The Field Spaniel through History

The Field Spaniel was not specifically bred to work and was created to be shown in the show ring.

Field Spaniel introduction and overview

The Field Spaniel was developed by crossing the Sussex Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel. It was not bred to work as the breed was felt too slow and cumbersome than other working dogs in the gundog group. It almost disappeared completely until dedicated breeders restored the breed and was recognised again by the Kennel Club in 1969. The Field Spaniel is a native vulnerable breed and only 46 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

The Field Spaniel is a handsome dog with a silky glossy coat with featherings on the ears, chest, body, legs and tail.

The Field Spaniel is the least common of the Spaniels in the gundog group with just 29 dogs recorded with the Kennel Club in 2013.

Field Spaniel Temperament

This breed tends to form a strong bond with his master and happiest romping around fields in the countryside. The Field Spaniel is level-headed and gentle with a happy and vibrant temperament. The breed is normally good with other dogs, but care should be taken with cats and other small pets.

Field Spaniels can be prone to hyperactivity and destructive behaviour if not given the attention they require.

Colour varieties of the Field Spaniel

This compact and energetic gundog is available in a  variety of colours and markings:

  • Black
  • Black and Tan
  • Blue Roan
  • Blue Roan and Tan
  • Liver
  • Liver and Tan
  • Liver Roan
  • Liver Roan and Tan

Size and weight of the Field Spaniel

Height bitch 43-46cms

Height dog 43-46cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 18-25kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 18-25kgs

Exercise requirements of the Field Spaniel

High to very high.This industrious and athletic breed requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily to be truly happy. It is only suitable in a rural enviroment and not a dog for urban or city life. Without the exercise and stimulation it needs, the Field Spaniel can become destructive around the home.

Is the Field Spaniel a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. This is a dog ideally suited to an active life in the countryside, with an active and experienced handler. Prospective Spaniel owners may wish to consider the Cocker Spaniel or Springer Spaniel as an alternative choice.

Field Spaniel coat length

Medium. The straight or wavy coat with its fine silky featherings can grow quite long.

The featherings on the ears may make meal and water times a messy event.

Grooming requirements of the Field Spaniel

Medium. The Field Spaniel requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts from the long, silky feathers.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection. Ear furnishings should be checked daily for food deposits, burrs and thorns and any matts or tangles gently teased out.


No. The breed sheds quite prolifically throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Field Spaniel

The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Hip dsyplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Average lifespan of the Field Spaniel

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Field Spaniel pedigree puppy price

Puppies are sometimes available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £500-£600. Litters tend to be produce between 4-6 puppies.

Estimating how much an Field Spaniel would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £6.90

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £8.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Field Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.