The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized gun dog and the first spaniel developed for confirmation showing specifically. Breeders wanted to create a solid black spaniel, instead of one with a base color and white markings. The Field Spaniel was created by breeding Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels, along with other black spaniels. The breed became so popular and was the focus of so many breeders that it began to go downhill. Breeders bred the Field Spaniel with Sussex Spaniels and Basset Hounds to produce dogs with longer backs and lower stances. This led to several genetic problems, which, in turn, led the breed to near-extinction. Breeders eventually worked to restore the Field Spaniel to its original form; however, it never regained the popularity it once had.
The breed stands 17 to 19 inches tall and weighs 40 to 55 pounds. It has a long, silky coat which is black or liver. It can also be Roan or have tan points.
The Field Spaniel is an excellent hunting dog as well as companion breed. It can live peacefully around almost any animal if properly socialized at a young age. The breed is affectionate to its owner and family members, yet it can be reserved with strangers, making it a wonderful watchdog.
The breed is somewhat high maintenance, as it requires a deal of grooming in order to prevent ear infections. Trimming its hair is important for keeping air circulating in the ears, as well as its feet.