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Country of Origin, History of English Springer Spaniels
The English Springer Spaniel originated in England. It is the original English hunting spaniel. They became popular in America in the early 1700 as a hunting, tracking and retrieving dog. The Springer Spaniel was called ‘Springing Spaniel’ for the method it uses to flush game - they spring forward to drive birds out of hiding.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The English Springer Spaniel is a friendly medium sized, compact dog. It is a sturdy-looking dog whose back is about as long as he is tall. The length of the head is about the same as the length of the neck. The tail is usually docked and the ears are long pendant type.
Their hazel or brown eyes generally have a kind, happy expression and their tail is almost always wagging happily.
Springer Spaniels come in liver and white, black and white, blue or liver roan, any of which may have tan markings as well. The field version often has more white than the show or bench bred stock.
English Springer Spaniels have an outer coat and an under coat. The outer coat is medium length and can be flat or wavy. The dense under coat is short and soft. The dual coats are weatherproof, waterproof, and resist thorns. The ears, legs and chest have moderate feathering.
18 to 21 inches, ideally 20 inches for males and 19 inches for females
40 to 55 lbs
A 19” dog should weigh about 40 pounds and a 20” dog should weigh about 50 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
The Springer Spaniel has a gently, happy enthusiastic personality. They are devoted to their owners and will usually bark to alert their family of an approaching stranger. Springer's do best when they with people as much as possible. If lift alone too long they will often get into trouble. Springer Spaniels love water and will often get themselves wet and muddy. They get along well with other pets, except birds, and have been known to become argumentative with same sex dogs.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
English Springer Spaniels are active energetic dogs. They do best with a good-sized well fenced yard. Springer Spaniels will do OK in an apartment but need sufficient daily exercise, long walks and off lead play time. They are often inactive indoors.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
Springer Spaniels love everyone and are very good with children they love to spend time with people.
How active is the Breed?
English Springer Spaniels are a very active breed. They require daily exercise, long walks and off lead play time. Springer Spaniels do best with a large-sized fenced yard.
The Springer Spaniel is a very active dog and needs lots of exercise to be happy. They will enjoy all the exercise you can give them. They should have long daily walks and time to play off lead. They love to swim and retrieve.
A Springer’s coat will need brushing about twice per week to deter matting, especially around their ears and feet. Their ears also need regular checking for signs of infection and the hair should be kept shaved on the under side of the ear to help prevent infection. The hair on the feet should be kept trimmed to prevent picking up burrs or branches.
The English Springer Spaniel is an average shedder.
English Springer Spaniels tend to gain weight easily, so do not over feed and keep the exercise up. Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems (PRA), the blood disorder PFK and epilepsy.
Breeding the Dog and any Cautions
Canine PFK Deficiency is a genetic disease that affects some English Springer Spaniels. Carriers of the defective gene can be easily identified by a DNA test. Before breeding, Springers should have this test. Dogs that are found to be carriers of the gene should not be used for breeding.
Average Litter size is 5
12 to 14 years
National Breed Clubs
British – English Springer
Spaniel Club - www.englishspringer.org
US – English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association – www.essfta.org
Other Recognition – classifications
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CCR, APRI, ACR
Group: AKC Sporting Dog Group
AKC Popularity Ranking: 27
Also Known As: Springer Spaniel
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