While field spaniels remain rare in this country--they ranked 140th on the AKC's breed registration list in 2013--there is a growing recognition among spaniel-loving hunters that this is, for the most part, a healthy, good looking and versatile breed with an excellent desire to hunt and a really good nose.
Since field spaniels were developed to hunt the blackthorn of the English midlands, they adapt well to these conditions and excel working in tight cover or small fields.
SOFT TOUCH Mike Gregory says that one of the reasons he has field spaniels is because he likes the idea of living and hunting with a rare breed.
In addition, field spaniels have a hunting style that Gregory appreciates.
While patience, consistency and persistence are the keys to training, field spaniels are intelligent dogs and repeated drilling is unnecessary.
The easy answer for someone looking to own a field spaniel would be to tell them 'get one from a hunting kennel,' said Sonya Haskell.
The field spaniel community is small so everyone knows everyone else and has a good understanding of their breeding programs.
I have been humbled many times by field spaniels but I've also gotten quite a few 'wows' with them.
Some things that work well with other breeds seem to transfer well to field spaniels but others do not.