The English Springer Spaniel is a docile breed. It is considered to be excellent with kids, loves to play around and do not mind being rough during play.
This is a slightly dominant breed and thus it is important to establish rule to control this aspect of their nature. They are usually friendly with other pets, but should not be trusted around birds because of their strong bird hunting instincts. It is an easy to train breed and makes a good watchdog.
English Springer Spaniel History
Spaniel-type dogs are believed to have their original roots from Spain, but they where also taken to other parts of the world.
Dogs that look similar to today’s English Springer Spaniel are depicted on artwork from the 16th century and in 1576, the English physician Dr. John Caius described the spaniel in his book the Treatise of Englishe Dogs.
It was once considered the same breed as the Cocker Spaniel, and the dogs were born in the same litter. The smaller ones became Cockers, used for hunting woodcock, the larger ones became English Springers and they were used for flush out or spring on game, hence the name.
In 1902 the English Springer Spaniel was recognized as a separate breed from the Cocker Spaniel.
English Springer Spaniel Size
Male English Springer Spaniels are 46-56 cm tall (18-21 inches) and females 46-51 cm (18-20 inches). They weigh between 18 and 25 kg (40-55 pounds).
English Springer Spaniel Temperament
The typical English Springer Spaniel is gentle, good-tempered, friendly and social. Considered to be a great child companion and an easy-going family dog.
They are intelligent, has great alertness and attentiveness, which also makes them the ideal hunting companion.
The English Springer Spaniel loves the water and will get wet and muddy whenever they have the opportunity.
English Springer Spaniel Health
Some English Springers are prone to PRA (eye disorder), hip dysplasia, PFK (blood disorder), epilepsy and HD. The English Springer Spaniel should not be overfed, as they gain weight quite easily.
English Springer Spaniel Coat and Color
Field-bred dogs tend to have shorter coats the the longer furred show-bred dogs. The coat comes in black or liver with white markings, or white with black and liver markings.
The white portion of the coat may be flecked with ticking.
The coat of is easy to maintain with regular brushing to keep it good looking. All type of Springers need baths and dry shampoo when necessary.