Meet the Breed: The English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized dog with long ears and a square muzzle. The coat has long feathering. The Springer Spaniel has diverged into two lines: the show version and the field version. The show version has a longer coat. The field version is more wiry and athletic looking. The coat is either liver and white or black and white. Occasionally are tricolored. The white areas may have ticking in them.
The English Springer Spaniel is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel. In fact, these two kinds of dogs used to be found in the same litter. The smaller dogs were used to flush out woodcocks and became known as the Cocker Spaniel, whereas the larger dogs would "spring" and flush out the upland birds. This is where the "Springer" term comes from. They began to be recognized as separate breeds in 1902.
The English Springer Spaniel is a lively, yet even-tempered dog, though the show lines have been linked to "rage syndrome" a rare disorder where a dog becomes randomly aggressive in an almost trance-like state, and snapping out of it just as quickly. Again, this is extremely rare. Most Springers make excellent house pets and hunting companions.
Breed Club Links: English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
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Of course my favorite story about a Springer Spaniel is this one... meet Jess who helps feed orphaned lambs on her farm in England. Check this out! See more pictures here.
Featured photo courtesy of Becky Gregory.
Photo of Jess feeding a lamb by Richard Austin.