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Field Spaniel

(Picture from the Spaniel Club of Portugal)

F.C.I. -Standard No. 123

Origin: Great Britain


Flushing dog. Ideal for rough shooting or companion for the country dweller. Not suitable for city.

Classification F.C.I.:

Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs. Section 2 Flushing Dogs. With working trial.


Well balanced, noble, upstanding sporting Spaniel built for activity and endurance.


Usually docile, active, sensitive, independant.


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 snipy nor squarely cut. In profile curving gradually from nose to throat.


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


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


Moderately long and wide, set low and well feathered.


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


Chest deep and well developed. Ribs moderately well sprung. Length of rib cage is 2/3 of the body length. Back and loin strong, level and muscular.


Customarily docked.

Docked: Docked by one third. Set on low. Never carried above level of back. Nicely feathered, with lively action.

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.


Sholulders long and sloping and well laid back. Legs of moderate length. Straight, flat bone.


Stong, muscular; stifles moderately bent. Hocks well let down.


Long, unhurried stride with great drive from the rear. Short, stumping action undesirable.


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

Black, liver or roan. Any one of these with tan markings. In self-coloured dogs white or roan on chest permissible. Clear black/white or liver/ white unacceptable.


Approximately 45.7 cm (18 ins) at the shoulders. Weight between 18-25 kg (40-55 lbs)


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.

N. B.

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

(FCI Standard No. 123 / 06.05. 1997 / GB. Date of Publication of the original valid standard: 24. 06. 1987.)