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FIELD SPANIEL

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Spaniels have a long history of being kept as family companions with the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being the most popular.

Spaniels, however are sporting dogs and there are still some breeds which have not found favour as pets. Among these is the handsome Field Spaniel.

The Field Spaniel evolved over 150 years ago but due to several large kennels being devastated by canine distemper in the late 1800s and the reduction in numbers of dogs kept during war years the numbers fell quite low. Dedicated breeders have managed to conserve the breed and today the Field Spaniel numbers are on the increase.

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Larger than the Cocker Spaniel, the Field Spaniel is a true country dog and is unsuited for city living. It is a worker with a high energy level and a need for ample living space. It has a strong need for company, either human or canine, and is a very loving breed which loves to be part of family activities. Be warned, the Field Spaniel is not an easy dog to train as it is very independent and requires patient and gentle methods but cannot be relied on to demonstrate instant obedience.

The Field Spaniel has a long, flat, glossy and silky coat with abundant feathering on the chest, under the body and behind the legs. Black, liver or roan are the accepted colours.

Described as conveying the impression of high breeding, character and nobility, the Field Spaniel is truly a country gentleman.





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Last Update: 27/03/07 16:24 Views: 3299

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