Field Spaniel Dog Breeds
Height at the withers: Males 43 – 46 cm, Females 43 – 46 cm
Average weight: Males 18 – 25 kg, Females 18 – 25 kg
Field Spaniels are extremely handsome and noble looking dogs that boast extremely glossy coats. They are well-balanced spaniels and their breeding really does shine through when seen working. Their heads are nicely chiselled with the back of a dog’s head being well defined. Their eyebrows are slightly raised with a moderate stop with these spaniels have well developed noses with wide open nostrils. Their muzzle is lean and long adding to a dog’s balance.
Their eyes are almond-shaped, a dark hazel in colour and large in size with dogs always showing a gentle albeit serious expression. Ears are moderately long and set low being wide and nicely feathered. The Field Spaniel has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones. Their necks are long, well-muscled and strong which allows these spaniels to easily retrieve game.
Shoulders are sloping and long being well laid back. Front legs are moderately long, straight showing nice flat bone. Their chests are deep and nicely developed with their ribs being moderately well sprung. Their backs and loins are level, muscular and strong. Hindquarters like their forequarters are well muscled with dogs boasting moderately bent stifles. Their feet are round and tight with strong, hard pads. Tails are set low and nicely feathered which dogs carry gaily when they are alert.
When it comes to their coat, the Field Spaniel boasts having a long, extremely glossy flat coat that’s silky to the touch. Their coats are extremely weatherproof and dogs have a profuse amount of feathering on their chests, under their bodies as well as the back of their legs, but no feathering from their hocks to the ground. The accepted breed colours for Kennel Club registration are as follows:
- Black & Tan
- Blue Roan
- Blue Roan & Tan
- Liver & Tan
- Liver Roan
- Liver Roan & Tan
It is worth noting that breed colours which are acceptable for Kennel Club registration are not always the same as those given in the Kennel Club breed standard.
When a Field Spaniel moves, they do so with an easy, unhurried and long stride covering a lot of ground when they move and showing lots of drive from behind.
The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the breed standard and would judge the faults on how much they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.
Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it is worth noting that a dog can be a little lighter or heavier as well as slightly taller or shorter than set out in the Kennel Club breed standard which is only given as a guideline.
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