Regular brushing and combing brings out the beauty of the moderately long, silky coat.
A docile and fun-loving companion, the Field Spaniel sticks close to his family and wants to participate in any and all family activities. They may be initially reserved when meeting strangers, but quickly warm up to people. They require regular walks, but their medium-length coat (less than other Spaniel breeds) makes grooming fairly easy, requiring only weekly brushing and occasional trimming.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Field Spaniel is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The coat requires only regular brushing and occasional trimming. The breeder will be happy to show new owners the way to groom their new family member. For companion dogs, daily brushing will keep their coats in good condition. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
You can spend a lifetime among dog people without hearing a bad word about the personality of well-bred Field Spaniels. They’re affectionate, smart, sensitive souls with just enough independence to make life interesting. The U.S. breed standard calls them “unusually docile,” but they’re nonetheless playful and enjoy a good romp. Field Spaniels are patient and trustworthy with kids, tolerant of their fellow mammals, and responsive to training. Their numbers are small, but their charm is enormous.
Field Spaniel &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disorders, and autoimmune disorders such as hypothyroidism, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and skin allergies. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Field Spaniels are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Field Spaniel can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize health testing of their breeding stock for hip dysplasia, hereditary eye disorders, and hypothyroidism to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.