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March 26, 2013

Meet the Breed: The English Springer Spaniel

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Overview:

  • Height:18 "- 21”
  • Weight: 40-55 pounds
  • Historical function: Flushing birds out of the brush and bushes for hunters.
  • Modern function: Companion, hunting
  • AKC classification: Sporting

Physical Characteristics:

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. 

History of the Breed:

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.

Temperament:

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.

  • Best suited for: Active families willing to share activities with this people-oriented pup.
  • Preferred living conditions: These active and intelligent dogs love having a job, especially hunting.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: The show line requires more brushing than the field line. Bathe rarely, though this breed tends to like to get in water and get muddy.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk.
  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to hip dysplasia, eye and ear problems. Check ears regularly.

Breed Club Links: English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Pet Naturals Ear Wash

Have any stories about an English Springer Spaniel? Please share!


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.

Jess the English Springer Spaniel feeds lambs

 

Featured photo courtesy of Becky Gregory.

Photo of Jess feeding a lamb by Richard Austin.

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