History and Origins of the Field Spaniel
The History and Origins of the Field Spaniel is really interesting. The history of the Field Spaniel begins in England during the mid 1800s. Breeders required a dog that would hunt birds; flushing and retrieving both fur and feather. This task meant that the dogs would have to hunt on either land or through water, therefore, it was important that their coats could withstand poor weather conditions and would be water-proof. The Field Spaniel has been bred with a single, water-proof coat to enable it to adapt and work through these conditions. The Field Spaniel appeared in America during the 1880s. However, it wasn't considered as a separate breed from the Cocker Spaniel until the 20th Century when it was decided that above the weight of 25 pounds would be considered a Field Spaniel. This is quite a rare breed of Spaniel and at one time, it almost became extinct. The American Kennel Club formally recognised the breed in 1894.