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Field Spaniel Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em

Field Spaniel Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Levelheaded and mild-mannered, the Field Spaniel has more sporting instincts than most other spaniels and appreciates as much running, biking, hiking, or field work as you can provide.

It isn't fair to keep this lively little hunter, bred for activity and endurance, in a small yard with only a walk around the block for exercise.

When socialized early and extensively, he is accepting of strangers, though he seldom runs right up to people as might a Cocker or Springer.

The Field Spaniel is typically playful and docile with other animals.

Field Spaniels do have an independent streak but respond well to light-handed, upbeat training methods. This sensitive breed cringes or withdraws when treated roughly or jerked around.

Some enjoy hearing the sound of their own voices.

The fun-loving Field Spaniel enjoys splashing in puddles and slobbering in water bowls and will track mud around the house with his oversized webbed feet.

If you want a dog who...

  • Is larger than a Cocker Spaniel and smaller than a Springer Spaniel
  • Is steadier in temperament than either a Cocker or a Springer
  • Has a pretty feathered coat in a variety of colors
  • Is usually polite with everyone
  • Is peaceful with other pets

A Field Spaniel may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • Providing enough exercise to keep him satisfied
  • "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
  • Timidity or fearfulness when not socialized enough
  • Regular brushing, combing, and clipping/trimming
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Excitable or submissive urination (tendency to dribble urine when excited or nervous)
  • Waiting lists (hard to find)

A Field Spaniel may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

More traits and characteristics of the Field Spaniel

If I was considering a Field Spaniel, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Field Spaniels MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing.

  2. Separation anxiety. Field Spaniels need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking.

  3. Providing enough socialization. Field Spaniels need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness or suspiciousness, which are difficult to live with.

  4. Grooming. To keep their silky coat free of mats, Field Spaniels require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months.

  5. Shedding. Field Spaniels shed. Just so you know!

  6. Barking. Field Spaniels are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them.

    To teach your Field Spaniel to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Field Spaniel Training Page discusses the program you need.

  7. Finding one. In the United States, fewer than 150 new Field Spaniel puppies are registered each year. (Compare that to over 60,000 new Golden Retriever puppies.)

book cover To learn more about training Field Spaniels to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Field Spaniel the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Field Spaniel. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.

If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Field Spaniel might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.

book cover Once you have your Field Spaniel home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.

Please consider adopting an ADULT Field Spaniel...

When you're acquiring a Field Spaniel PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Field Spaniels who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

Save a life. Adopt a dog.

Adopting a Dog From a Dog Breed Rescue Group

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