At a glance the Field Spaniel is an independent breed however pleasantly mixed with sincere devotion, a sensitive nature and a willingness to please. A family dog in every sense of the word they thrive at constant companionship and affection. The Field Spaniel is known for its docile nature and may be commonly reserved with strangers at first meetings and warm up on their own accord. This reserved tendency should never be confused with shyness, however. The breed simply just tends to be cautious at times.

General Appearance

The Field Spaniel is a combination of beauty and utility. It is a well-balanced, substantial hunter-companion of medium size, built for activity and endurance in heavy cover and water. It has a noble carriage; a proud but docile attitude; is sound and free moving. Symmetry, gait, attitude and purpose are more important than anyone part.


Unusually docile, sensitive, fun loving, independent and intelligent, with a great affinity for human companionship. They may be somewhat reserved in initial meetings.

Field Spaniels are noted for their superior temperament. However, the Field Spaniel is also very aloof, particularly with strangers. The Field Spaniel should be properly socialized and trained to stand for gentle, but non-threatening, thorough examination.


Ideal height for mature adults at the withers is 18 inches for dogs and 17 inches for bitches. A one-inch deviation either way is acceptable.


Black, liver, golden liver or shades thereof, in any intensity (dark or light); either self-colored or bi-colored. Bi-colored dogs must be roaned and/or ticked in white areas.

Learn more at the Field Spaniel Society of America.