They came about by crossing the Sussex Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel in the late 19th century.
He is longer in the back than his height at the withers. The muzzle is long and lean and they come in a variety of colours; black, liver or liver roan with tan markings.
They are not a popular breed by modern standards, but make a great country companion.
They are ideal for rough shooting, have a noble expression and is a spaniel built for activity and endurance. They have a docile temperament, are sensitive, independent and very loving.
Although the Field Spaniel are a fairly healthy breed, accredited breeders are now testing the eyes, hips, heart and elbows. The breed club are also doing DNA testing.