English Springer Spaniel | Dog Breed Guide

English Springer Spaniel | Dog Breed Guide

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The English Springer Spaniel is a bright, high-energy hunting dog who requires a lot of exercise and makes a great walking or hiking partner. 

Weight – Male: 50 pounds; Female: 40 pounds

Height – Male: 20 inches; Female: 19 inches

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Group: Sporting group

Temperament: affectionate, active, intelligent

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

The English Springer Spaniel is an affectionate and energetic bird dog that originated in Britain. The Springer was used as a hunting companion to locate birds in tall grass or brush, flush the birds out from under cover, then point and retrieve the dead bird.

The coat of the English Springer Spaniel is moderately long and varies in color, from black or liver (reddish brown) with white, blue or liver roan (equal mixture of liver and white), and tricolor. He has floppy ears and his dense coat features feathering on the chest and legs. 

The English Springer Spaniel is good with children and other pets. He enjoys spending time with the family inside but is a good companion to take on walks or hikes. As long as he receives proper exercise he will do well in a small house or apartment. 

Early socialization from puppyhood and regular, consistent training are important. Both his body and mind can get a good workout via dog sports such as obedience, tracking, agility and other activities he can enjoy with his owner.

The Springer is not very vocal but if left alone for long periods he may bark. He may suffer from separation anxiety so he is not the best choice for people who work long hours.

Grooming

The English Springer Spaniel doesn’t shed much, but he requires weekly brushing to remove excess fur, to keep his coat shiny and to prevent mats from forming. He will also need his nails clipped and teeth brushed. He may need an occasional bath.

Energy Level

The Springer is a high-energy dog who was bred to hunt, so he needs a lot of exercise. He enjoys spending time indoors with his family, but he is also a good hiking or walking partner and would excel at dog sports including agility, tracking and obedience.

Health Concerns

  • Elbow and hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems
  • Ear infection

Health conditions to be aware of among Springers include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. English Springer Spaniels are also prone to ear infections so regular ear care is important. A pet health insurance policy can help cover veterinary costs for these conditions provided enrollment occurs before symptoms appear.