The Field Spaniel was bred as a competition and hunting dog around the early 1800’s. The exact ancestry of the breed is unknown, but later versions of the Field Spaniel were created by cross breeding black Spaniel breeds. The breed went through many changes which resulted in a breed with a lot of health problems, but fortunately after their near extinction in the post World War II period a lover of the breed restored the breed to its original, and healthier, form.
The average life expectancy of the Field Spaniel is between 10 and 12 years. The most common health issues associated with the breed are hip dysplasia and ear infections.