by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 3, 2009)
The Field Spaniel was once bred with such heavy bones and length of body as to give the appearance of a grotesque caricature of a Spaniel. In the past hundred years or so the breed has settled into a type that exhibits great beauty and work habits.
Early breeding caused this dog to possess tremendous length and exaggerated lowness to the ground. Later repeated cross-breeding with the "Welsh Cocker" and the Sussex Spaniel helped the Field Spaniel develop into a well balanced, practical, and very handsome dog. This dog now is considered to possess great agility, speed, and endurance. He is considered to be a level-headed dog with great intelligence. The Field Spaniel is one dog that can be easily trained and possesses great perseverance.
The Field Spaniel stands about eighteen inches from the shoulder and weighs anywhere from 35 to fifty pounds. The general appearance of the Field Spaniel is that of a well-balanced, noble, upstanding sporting dog. His head resembles that of a Bulldog or a Bloodhound, thus giving the illusion of high breeding, character and nobility. This dog is very strong and muscular.
The dog's coat is flat or slightly waved and never curled, with sufficiently density so that it can resist the weather. The texture is silky and glossy, and not too short. His color can be liver, golden liver, mahogany red, roan, or any one of the colors with tan over the eyes, and on the cheeks. The eyes are not small and usually are the color of dark hazel or a brown, and maybe dark (nearly black).
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