Originally used to hunt and flush game, the field spaniel was refined for the show ring in the late 1800s, leading to a number of crosses that reduced its popularity in the field. In the mid-1900s the breed was redeveloped with an input of springer blood.
Today it is a sturdy and moderately boned dog with a noble head, gentle expression, low set ears and glossy coat predominantly in black. It is active, inquisitive and independent, but also docile and attached to its owner. A hardy dog requiring lots of outdoor activity, the field can be wilful and naughty, but with a sense of humour. It responds well to patient and reward-based training. With early socialisation it is an excellent family pet, good with children and friendly with other dogs and pets.
The field is a tireless rough shooter’s dog with a keen nose and willingness to face heavy cover. It can also be worked in the beating line or picking up at shoots.