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Field Spaniel

The dedication of the Field Spaniel Society of America is evidenced in the information available on their site.  From health and rescue information it would be thought that the breed lacks a certain hardiness.  This is far from the truth, rather it is a commendation to their efforts to be thorough.  The spunky Field Spaniel enjoys limited popularity allowing its breeders to focus on producing wonderful dogs rather than simply worrying over the irresponsible breeders that are seeking to fill a marketing demand.  This breed is likely one of the treasures within the canine world and hopefully will remain hidden for some time to come.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingSpaniel Height: 18 inches
Weight: 35-50 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: solid black, liver, red, golden, or roaned with eyebrows Coat type: Silky spaniel coat, flat with feathering, long
Recognized Registries: UKC, FCI, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Clearly a Spaniel variety, the cobby and compact Field Spaniel offers notable presence and atheleticism within its lush, glossy coat.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: happy, friendly, energetic and sensitive
  with Children: generally very good if children are well behaved and dog is properly socialized
  with other pets: as a hunting dog can be unreliable with smaller animals
  with dogs: generally very good
Socialization requirements: moderate: as a senstive breed has an inclination to shyness if not heavily socialized
Ideal home characteristics: One that recognizes the general work ethic of the breed as well as its gentle nature and desire to be a close companion
Temperament Notes: Enthusiastic worker, tireless, fun-loving, sensitive/soft, intelligent
Training requirement: high: socialization, basic manners and some additional activity, this is a breed that still wants to work, it will not be its happiest as a lonely couch potato
Trainer notes: The Field Spaniel is likely the most unsung of the great working dogs.  With a compact size, it is a very manageable dog for even the less experienced trainer or the one that lacks complete physical health.  It also enjoys exceptional speed and agility ideal fo many dog sports.  The happy, sensitive nature combined with a strong work ethic and intelligence makes it an ideal partner for getting down to the nitty gritty and potentially even appreciating the details.  Truly an exceptional training partner that lacks the demanding intensity of other better known "highly trainable" breeds.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s though combined with Cockers at the time
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: Flushing spaniel.
History: Originally combined with the Cockers, the Field Spaniel emerged as a larger variety that still maintains excellent hunting ability in modern times.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, excessive bone
Health Notes: heart issues, eye problems, skin and immune issues (hypothyroidism), hip dysplasia
Health Testing: Thyroid panel, OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:   http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Field Spaniels?
  • Why do you have Field Spaniels (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Field Spaniel?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Field Spaniel?
  • How would you describe the ideal Field Spaniel home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Field Spaniel?
  • How do you assist or help Field Spaniels in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:

    http://clubs.akc.org/fssa/breedrescue.html - Field Spaniel Society of America Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.ukcdogs.com/breeds/gundogs/fieldspaniel.std.shtml - UKC Standard for the Field Spaniel

    http://clubs.akc.org/fssa/breedstandardus.html - Standard as per the Field Spaniel Society of America

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://clubs.akc.org/fssa/codeofethics.html - Field Spaniel Society of America Code of Ethics

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