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Temperament of a FS

What Is It To Live With A Field Spaniel?

The Field Spaniel is highly intelligent and learns quickly. However, Field Spaniels can be reserved, particularly on first meetings and may be somewhat aloof, though never indifferent, upon first meetings. This does not apply, of course, to all Field Spaniels—some are irrepressible and greet all new people as long lost friends! Early socialization is a “must do” for Field Spaniels, particularly from 8 to 16 weeks, when a puppy is first learning all about the world. That being said, the Field Spaniel showing a natural reserve should, at the same time, never show signs of shyness.  A natural reserve means that the dog simply prefers to size up the situation before offering friendship; it absolutely does not mean that the dog shrinks away, shows teeth, or other such behaviors.


        Both males and females exhibit similar personality traits, though owners have been heard to remark that the males are more likely to be cuddly or snugly with their owners. The females are noted to be slightly more independent. In general, the breed craves human companionship and have a true desire to be part of every facet of their human pack's lives. The breed is generally stable, predictable and tractable in nature; it is also medium to high energy and can be quite animated and humorous. Field Spaniels are bred for activity and endurance. They are often described by fanciers as "busy", typically on the go, playful and interested in all events surrounding them.


        Field Spaniels get along well with children and other animals in the household, particularly if they are raised to do so. When bringing a new puppy into the household where there is an older dog, supervision and time spent to properly introduce the new puppy is mandatory. When it comes to children in the household, adult supervision of any dog/child interactions is required when the child is younger than approximately 8 years of age. Children move fast and this movement can be alternately frightening for a puppy or may evoke the “prey drive” of a puppy. Neither the puppy or the child intends to hurt the other, but neither may know how to “work and play nicely with the other” and must be taught to do so.


                Field Spaniels are also quite determined in that they will perservere to reach a goal, whether that goal is finding a bird in the field or a tennis ball in the house. This is not to be confused with stubbornness and hard-headedness. The Field Spaniel is relatively soft in that behavioral training does not require harshness; in fact, often verbal corrections are sufficient.


        While a Field Spaniel will adapt to a kennel environment for occasional needs related to vacations and the like, maintaining the Field Spaniel as a kennel dog is not recommended. The isolation of raising the Field Spaniel in a kennel environment will often irreparably harm the animal's personality as it keeps him away from the people he so earnestly yearns to be with. Field Spaniels raised in kennel environments tend to a shyness that is difficult to overcome.