The Field Spaniel, descended from an old branch of the spaniel family, now very rare, was bred long and low for hunting on foot. The type was established by crossing “Welsh Cockers” with Sussex Spaniels. The back is strong and well ribbed, the chest deep rather than wide, and the bone fairly heavy. The skull is well developed, the muzzle long and lean with exceptional scenting power.
The ears hang in graceful folds, while the dark eyes have a more solemn expression than is typical among dogs of the spaniel group. The tail is docked, feathered, and carried low, while the glossy coat is slightly wavy.
WEIGHT: 35 50 pounds, HEIGHT: about 18 inches, COLOR: black, liver, golden liver, mahogany red, or roan. GROUP: Sporting.
Spaniel Field Signs off Wellness
When a dog is too good, when suddenly he stops his mischievous ways, we begin to suspect that something may be wrong. Maybe he becomes listless, droops his tail, and doesn’t care about cleaning up his dish. Or perhaps he eats as if he were starved, or drinks so much water that he vomits it right up again. His stomach may even be bloated.
You can help your veterinarian by learning the signs of good health. Every dog is a distinct being with peculiar characteristics that distinguish him from others. Once you learn what is normal for your dog, the subtle changes in general appearance, behavior, temperature, respiration, and pulse that precede illness will be readily apparent.
A dog’s stools, for instance, should be medium brown in color and well formed. A puppy may defecate four or five times a day, a grown dog once; don’t worry as long as color and consistency are right. If the stools are black, watery, blood streaked, or putrid smelling, or if there are more move ments than usual, then something is wrong. Fluctuations in a dog’s urinary pattern may indicate changes in body chemis try. Urine should be clear yellow, not orange.
In a puppy, the eyes and nose are often first to show on coming illness. The eyes may tear excessively, possibly with pus collecting at the inner corners; the nose may discharge either clear water or mucus. He may pant continuously, his breathing may be difficult or shallow, his expression strained.
Other signs of a sick dog include fever; prolonged vomit ing; changes in appetite or water intake; excessive weight gain or loss; changes in behavior; swellings or lumps beneath the skin; abnormal discharges from body openings; hair loss, open sores, lesions, or other skin problems; limping or diffi culty in moving; and prolonged coughing or sneezing. Not all of these will be noticed, of course, when a dog is getting sick; certain symptoms point to one ailment, others to another. However, they are signs that should be watched for. Any one of them is enough to tell the owner that something is wrong. Don’t wait to see whether the condition will correct itself. Chances are that it won’t. Don’t experiment with remedies suggested by well meaning friends. Get the advice of an expertyour veterinarian. Quick action at the first sign of illness is the best shortcut to its cure.