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Field Spaniel

Tags: Sporting

Look deep into my gene pool -- back in the mid-1800s when British hunters wanted a medium size dog that could find, flush and retrieve -- and you'll probably find the best of the Sussex Spaniel, the English Spring Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel, and even some Basset Hound. It turned out to be a fortuitous mix, producing a powerful, agile dog who works equally well in water or on land, hunting most anything with feathers or fur -- without much barking but with great affection for his people. I'm a little bigger (17-19 inches at the shoulder) than the typical Cocker Spaniel. And not quite as heavy (40-55 pounds) as the Clumber Spaniel.

Rave review

  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Easygoing
  • Even tempered, good-natured

Report card

  • Hardy hunter
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Never aggressive
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to country, tolerates town
  • Socialization and training must start early
  • Wary of strangers

What to expect

You can take the spaniel out of the field (and try to make him a family pet). But you can't take the field out of the Field Spaniel. I'm actually pretty happy being a family pet (not all hunting dogs are, you know). And I'd be thrilled to share my love of the outdoors with the family -- in canine sports, long walks on the leash, or romps in fenced-in areas. Welcome to my field of dreams!

Watch for

Possible hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and pyometra.

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