About English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog with a docked tail. There are several acceptable color combinations: Springers may be black or liver with white markings or predominately white with black or liver markings; tricolor (black and white or liver and white with tan markings – usually found on eyebrows, cheeks, insides of ears and under tail); blue or liver roan. Any white portions of the coat may be flecked with ticking.
Being a sporting dog, a Springer requires a reasonable amount of exercise for both mental and physical well being.
Springers are very affectionate dogs and require attention from their human companions daily.
Grooming is required. Daily brushing, weekly ear cleaning, monthly baths and bi-monthly “haircuts” will keep the Springer looking and feeling his best.
Hips, eyes, and skin are the primary health problems in the Springer. When purchasing a puppy, the buyer should inquire if hip X-rays and eye checks for retinal dysplasia and PRA have been done on the sire and the dam of the litter they are considering.
Temperament should be the primary concern of every Springer owner or prospective owner. The correct temperament of the English Springer Spaniel is a happy, out-going, friendly attitude toward all people. Puppy buyers should evaluate the temperament of the sire and dam, and perhaps, of a pup from a previous litter or sisters and brothers of the sire and dam.
English Springers are versatile dogs that train easily, whether as family pets, show dogs, hunting companions, tracking, obedience or agility competitors. Because of their intelligence and easy-going personalities, gentle, reward-oriented training will produce the quickest results.
Prospective Springer owners may want to consider an alternative to purchasing a puppy. Many Springers each year find themselves homeless and are placed in new homes through the Rescue Program. Occasionally pups under a year old are available; for the most part, the available dogs are adults, so the old adage “What you see is what you get!” is very applicable. The rescue dogs are evaluated for temperament and physical problems so there are usually no surprises for the adoptive family.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
If you are considering getting an English Springer Spaniel, first ask yourself. . . Is an English Springer Spaniel the right dog for me?
Q: How big is an English Springer Spaniel?
A: An English Springer is a medium-sized dog, standing about knee-high and weighing 40-50 pounds.
Q: How active is an English Springer Spaniel?
A: English Springers are active, intelligent dogs who enjoy being with people. They require daily exercise and this must include the opportunity to run. English Springers enjoy many canine sports such as agility, obedience, swimming, retrieving, and chasing squirrels.
Q: What was an English Springer Spaniel originally bred to do?
A: The English Springer Spaniel was bred to spring game birds for hunters on land and retrieve shot birds from the water if necessary. This requires stamina, energy, and intelligence. Springers flush the bird, mark the spot it falls, and retrieve it.
Q: What is the lifespan of an English Springer Spaniel?
A: English Springers live to be 12-14 years. They remain active with a great deal of energy well into their senior years.
Q: Does the English Springer Spaniel require special care?
A: Like all dogs, the Springer requires a nutritionally sound diet, exercise, companionship, and regular grooming. Many owners keep their Springers professionally groomed. The Springers’ pendulous ears require regular cleaning and the coat must be brushed and combed frequently.
Q: What is the temperament and intelligence of a typical English Springer Spaniel?
A: The Springer Spaniel is an intelligent dog and a quick learner. They respond well to positive reinforcement and fair, consistent training methods. A well-socialized Springer is a joy to see, with its tail wagging for everyone it meets.
Q: What health problems may affect The English Springer Spaniel?
A: English Springer Spaniels, as a breed, are subject to ear infections, skin allergies, retinal dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. Responsible breeders are striving to minimize and virtually eliminate these problems.
Q: Do I have the time, energy, experience, and finances to own an English Springer Spaniel?
A: All dogs require training, socialization, grooming, sound nutrition, and regular veterinary care. The decision to bring a Springer, or any dog, into your life is one you will live with for many years. Think carefully before making a commitment that will last your pet’s lifetime.