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English Springer Spaniel

Quick facts

English Springer Spaniel AKC Group: Sporting
Height: Male: 19 – 21 inches; Female: 18 – 20 inches
Weight: Male: 45 – 55 pounds; Female: 40 – 50 pounds
Colors: black or liver with white, black or liver roan, or tricolored (black or liver and white with tan markings); also white with black or liver markings
AKC recognized in: 1910

The English Springer Spaniel loves to please people with its enthusiasm and friendly attitude. It has a compact, medium-sized body that has been convenient for hunting and retrieving activities. It has long ears hanging down to its neck, which is usually covered with a long, silky coat. Its tail never stops wagging, translating the cheerful and playful disposition it has.

Since they are known as the founder of all English hunting spaniels, their origin dates back to the Renaissance era. Back then, Springer spaniels were considered as the ideal companion for every European hunter. They became popular in the United States during year 1700.

They were originally grouped with cocker spaniels. While Cocker spaniels hunted woodcock, hunters used Springer spaniels to spring on the game. Hence, this English spaniel got “Springer” on its name. Eventually, they became recognized by the Kennel Club of England in the year 1902 and were classified as a separate breed by the AKC in 1910.

They continue to have more fans because of their adorable temperament and their loyalty to their owners. Those who own this kind of breed are satisfied with how they get along with the whole family. In addition, their innate skills in hunting, retrieving, and performing tricks continue to amuse more and more people every day.


English Springer Spaniel Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training five paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets five paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

The gentle and sociable temperament of English springer spaniels helps them get along with children well. A family with an outgoing and active lifestyle will certainly love and enjoy their company.

They are intelligent and persistent. Training and teaching them tricks would not be hard because of their ability to learn fast. People who go home tired from work will definitely appreciate their playful and energetic qualities. They would also be able to adapt to an apartment’s environment if they are provided with regular exercise. Their amazing adaptability also makes them perfect for towns or cities. However, they would still enjoy more if they were placed in a house where they can run around a big or average-sized yard.

As sociable and friendly pets, English springers can definitely do well with other animals. However, since they are natural fowl hunters, they must never be left with birds.

Health and Exercise

A English springer spaniel’s average life span ranges from 12 - 14 years. However, there are a number of English springers susceptible to hip dysplasia. Others are also prone to a disease called PRA, which affects their eyes. Some dogs of this breed are also vulnerable to other diseases like PFK, a blood disorder. They easily gain weight so they must not be overfed.

Regular exercise is one of the prerequisites in keeping them healthy. They are willing to take as much exercise as you want to give them. They should be given long walks or jogs for them to explore their curiosity and skills. Swimming and running free from their leashes are also some of the activities that will keep an English springer happy and satisfied. If an owner does not provide it with sufficient mental and physical activities, it may become bored and resort to destructive activities.

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