Thinking about purchasing an English Springer Spaniel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the English Springer Spaniel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good English Springer Spaniel owner; properly feed your new dog, house them comfortably and train them in basic obedience.
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the English Springer Spaniel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an English Springer Spaniel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new English Springer Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
English Springer Spaniel Profile
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog with a neat, compact body and an unnaturally docked tail. In countries where docking is illegal, the tail is medium length. They are one of the largest of the Spaniels. Their coat is moderately long and glossy with feathering on their legs, ears, chest and brisket. They are leggy creatures, having the name "Springer" for good reason. They have drop ears that can sometimes get mud and other substances stuck in their dangly locks. Handsome and robust, they excel in the field by flushing out game. They are of even temper and are intelligent. Springers remain loyal to their masters, retrieving the prey with a soft mouth eagerly and faithfully. They are need much exercise, and are hardy workers. Although beautiful in appearance, the Springer Spaniel is no choice for a meticulously clean house; they enjoy a good shake inside the house when they are wet. The Springer is active well into his older years, and is outgoing and entertaining as well. They are enthusiastic and easygoing for adults, but may be too excitable for young children. They are friendly and fun with family and friends. English Springer Spaniels make an excellent family companion as well as a good working dog. They must have human companionship and the freedom to exercise regularly.
Other Names: Springer, Norfolk Spaniel (up until the 1800s, the breed was known by this name)
Type: Gun Dog
19 - 20 inches. Males are generally 20 inches, while females are generally 19
Colors: The coat
colors may be liver and white, black and white, either variety with or without
tan markings. They also come in blue or liver roan. Springer Spaniels often
have freckles on their muzzle and legs.
Springer Spaniels are willing, active, faithful, and intelligent. They are generally
good with other pets and older children. Springer Spaniels are good at working
and eager, enthusiastic and fun. They love to be by their humans, and love to
exercise. They are energetic, outgoing and friendly. They are generally easygoing
in temperament, but may sometimes be foolhardy. They are affectionate with family
and have a pleasant personality. An ideal gundog, they are loyal and reliable.
English Springer Spaniel Care
and Exercise: Regular grooming of the English Springer Spaniel
coat with a stiff bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. Occasional trimming
of ears and pads of the feet. It is recommended they receive professional grooming
once or twice a year. It is important to check for mud that may have gotten
lodged in the ears and between the toes, as the ears may be prone to infection.
English Springer Spaniels need long daily walks and the opportunity to run and
play off leash, as they need a lot of exercise.
Activity: Indoors - Medium
- High. Outdoors - High.
English Springer Spaniel Health Issues: Usually sound and healthy. May have eye abnormalities, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) or ear infections. Other health concerns include enzyme deficiency, PFK (Phosphofructokinase deficiency), hip dysplasia, allergies and possible temperament problems.
Life Span: 10 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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