The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized dog of the spaniel type. They were originally developed to be all black show dogs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and were unpopular for work as a hunting dog. However during the mid 20th century they were redeveloped as a longer legged dog that was more suitable to be used for field work
The standard size for a Field Spaniel is 17–18 inches (43–46 cm) tall at the withers and a weight of between 40–55 pounds. This places it roughly between the Cocker Spaniel and the English Springer in size.
The Field Spaniel can be a good family dog while it has a job to do. They are suitable for agility and hunting. Without some sort of purpose, the dog can often try to amuse itself and cause mischief. However, they are patient with children and like to stay close to their family. When socialised, they are good with other dogs. They are generally docile and independent, and are not as excitable as Cocker Spaniels.
Field Spaniels are prone to eye conditions such as cataracts, retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia. The average life span for the breed is 11 years.