Field Spaniels have sturdy, medium-sized frames—a little stockier and longer than Cocker Spaniels—covered in long or flat silky coats that usually come in solid black or liver with possible tan markings.
Their handsome, well-proportioned heads have long (but not narrow) muzzles, large noses with open nostrils, almond-shaped eyes, and long, well-feathered ears. Their tails, sometimes docked, are carried in line with their backs. Overall, Field Spaniels appear handsome and responsive.
Field Spaniels are known for having winning, outgoing dispositions. Easygoing but independent, intelligent but affectionate, active but cuddly, this canine can win over the darkest of hearts.
Field Spaniels have a calm demeanor, but they don’t appreciate rough play or poor treatment.
They love children and get along well with other pets, but they expect to be treated with respect. Being a working breed, the Field Spaniel is at its best when it has a job to do.
Show dogs have longer fur and more pendant ears, dewlaps and dangling flews. The tail is docked to a short stub in those countries that permit docking. They are generally more thickly boned and heavier than field-bred springers.
Field Spaniels can live as long as 13 years with relatively few genetic health problems. Some may develop hip dysplasia and eye problems. The Field Spaniel’s silky coat needs regular brushing and bi-monthly clipping. Also remember to check the ears every week for signs of infection.
Vigorous and alert, the Field Spaniel needs lots of exercise to maintain a healthy state of mind and body.
It might not be suited for apartment life. Make sure it gets daily walks and the occasional romp through a protected outdoor area. But keep in mind that the Field Spaniel is quick and has a very inquisitive nose.
The coat comes in black or liver (dark brown) with white markings or predominantly white with black or liver markings; Tricolour: black and white or liver and white with tan markings, usually found on eyebrows, cheeks, inside of ears and under the tail.
Any white portion of the coat may be flecked with ticking.
The Springer Spaniel is used as a sniffer dog. Notable search dogs have included Buster, a Dickin Medal recipient, Royal Army Veterinary Corps arms and explosives search dog serving with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in Iraq, for finding an extremist group's hidden arsenal of weapons and explosives.