English Springer Spaniels were bred in Great Britain to “spring” or flush game from cover. They are working dogs, but these days the English Springer Spaniel is also a show dog and family companion.
No matter which type of springer you get (field or show), be warned that the breed can’t resist water, so you’ll have a dripping dog if you encounter so much as puddle. Standard colors accepted in English Springer Spaniels include black and white, liver and white, tricolor, blue roan and liver roan.
English Springer Spaniels have high energy needs. Springers bore easily and can get up to nonsense. This usually means chewing, digging and barking. Some springers suffer from severe separation anxiety if they don’t get adequate love and attention. A lot of these dogs are surrendered to shelters or rescue organisations. If you’re looking for an English Springer Spaniel, consider adopting an older puppy or adult dog. You can, of course, before you buy a puppy from a registered breeder. Ensure you do proper research, however, to make sure they are reputable and ethical.
English Springer Spaniel Facts & Information
Group: English Springer Spaniels belong to the gundog group of sporting dog breeds.
Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Size: Medium. Height: 19 – 20 in. Weight: 40 – 50 lb.
Temperament: Cheerful, affectionate, devoted, playful and intelligent.
Exercise: English Springer Spaniels are active working dogs and require a lot of exercise. They do best with several fast-paced walks a day, lots of active play and participation in dog sports, like agility, flyball and field sports.
General care: English Springer Spaniel coats are long and fine. You need to groom them regularly to keep their coats shiny and knot-free.
Health concerns: English Springer Spaniels are prone to certain health problems. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, ear and eye problems, metabolic disorders, and epilepsy. You can get comprehensive pet dog insurance to help you cover medical emergencies, illnesses, injuries and even death.
English Springer Spaniels get on well with just about all other pets and people, making them ideal as family dogs. They’re fun-loving and like nothing more than to go to exciting places and do exciting things with their people. English Springer Spaniels provide boundless love and entertainment, and all you have to do is give them love, affection, and force-free training.