Field Spaniel

Last updated: 30 Oct 2014


Kennel Club, London 1994

Amended May 1996

FCI Standard No 123


History:               The Field Spaniel is a medium-sized dog breed of spaniel type. They were                               originally developed to be all-black show dogs in the late 19th and early                               20th centuries and were popular for work as a hunting dog. ...                               They are now considered to be a rare breed, and are registered as a                               Vulnerable Native Breed by The Kennel Club.               

General Appearance:          Well balanced, noble, upstanding sporting Spaniel built for activity and


Characteristics:               Ideal for rough shooting or companion for the country dweller. Not suitable                               for city.

Temperament:               Unusually docile, active, sensitive, independent.

Head And Skull               Conveys the impression of high breeding, character and nobility.                               Well chiselled, occiput well defined, lean beneath eyes. A thickness here                               gives coarseness to whole head. Slightly raised eyebrows. Moderate stop.                               Nose well developed with good open nostrils. Muzzle long and lean neither                              snipey nor squarely cut. In profile curving gradually from nose to throat.

Eyes:                         Wide open but almond shaped with tight lids showing no haw. Grave and                              gentle in expression. Dark hazel in colour.

Ears:                         Moderately long and wide, set low and well feathered.

Mouth:                    Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper                               teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck:                    Long, strong and muscular enabling dog to retrieve his game without undue                               fatigue.

Forequarters:               Shoulders long and sloping and well laid back. Legs of moderate length.                              Straight, flat bone.

Body:                         Chest deep and well developed. Ribs moderately well sprung. Length of                               rib cage is two thirds of the body length. Back and loin strong, level and                               muscular.

Hindquarters:               Strong, muscular; stifles moderately bent. Hocks well let down.

Feet:                         Tight roundwith strongpadsand not too small.

Tail:                         Undocked: Set low. Never carried above level of back. Nicely feathered                               with lively action. Reaches approximately to the hocks. Of moderate                               length in balance with the rest of the dog.

Gait/Movement:               Long, unhurried stride with great drive from the rear. Short, stumping                               action undesirable.

Coat:                    Long, flat, glossy and silky in texture. Never curly, short or wiry.                               Dense and weatherproof. Abundant feathering on chest, under body and                               behind legs, but clean from hock to ground.

Colour:                    Black, black and tan, blue roan, blue roan and tan, liver, liver and tan,                              liver roan, liver roan and tan. In self coloured dogs, white or roan on chest                               is permissible. Clear black and white, liver and white, orange, red or                               golden unacceptable.


Sizes:                         Height: approx. 46 cms (18 ins) at the shoulders

                         Weight: 18-25 kg (40-55 lbs)

Faults:                    Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and                               the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact                               proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog,                               and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

Notes:                    Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended                               into the scrotum.