English Springer Spaniel – Breed Profile.
Descended from Britain’s land spaniels, the English Springer Spaniel is of two different types: field-bred and show-bred. The former is easy to train, have a high sense of smell, speed, stamina and make excellent hunters. The latter are prized for their handsome appearance and showmanship.
Field Springer Spaniels have an athletic body with shorter coats and pointier noses. Show Spring Spaniels have longer ears, a square muzzle and long coat.
General Characteristic List.
Classification: Sporting dog
Male: 40 to 60 lb
Female: 35 to 55 lb
Height at Withers:
Male: 19 to 21 inches
Female: 18 to 20 inches
Unique Features: Pendulous ears with a soft facial expression.
Exercise Requirements: 30 to 60 minutes
Energy Level: High energy
Life Expectancy: 12 to 14 years
The Tendency to Drool: Low
The Tendency to Snore: Low
The Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Bred For: Flushing and retrieving game
Coat Length: Moderately long
Coat Characteristics: Double coat; flat/wavy topcoat and soft dense undercoat
Coat Colours: Black or deep reddish-brown with white markings/white with black or reddish brown markings; blue or liver; tricolor
Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
Garden Requirements: Yes
English Springer Spaniel– Personality.
The Springer Spaniel is smart, friendly and adventurous. He is a happy, easy-going dog with a wonderful sense of humour. He is loving, gentle and affectionate. He might bark at strangers as they approach the home but is not a good watchdog.
The English Springer Spaniel is lively and cheerful. He loves to swim. With early socialisation and training, this dog gets along well with children and other pets. Known as a Velcro dog, this Springer Spaniel is sensitive and people-oriented.
English Springer Spaniels in the home.
English Springer Spaniels are devoted and caring. They enjoy bonding with their families and are excited to participate in any outdoor activities. These dogs can pee in excitement or anxiety when family members come home. To help them grow out of this, families should downplay their entry into the home by not paying attention to the Springer for some time.
This Spaniel doesn’t like to be left alone for prolonged periods. He easily gets bored or lonely and can take up bad behaviours like excessive barking. The English Springer Spaniel requires daily vigorous exercise to keep him from being destructive in the home.
It might not be advisable to have any pet birds in the home because this dog was bred to flush out birds. The English Springer Spaniel requires a leash when walking through the woods. The dog’s natural instinct is to go after any bird.
English Springer Spaniels are obedient and willing to learn. This dog breed is alert and attentive. Highly trainable, many Springer Spaniels are bred to work in the field or as show dogs. Many of these canines are used as mountain rescue dogs and sniffer dogs to detect explosives and drugs.
English Springer Spaniels are prone to health conditions like canine hip dysplasia, eye disease and skin disorders. Some Springers have a deficiency of the enzyme phosphofructokinase (PFK) which is necessary for the body to convert sugar into energy. This deficiency may cause fever, hyperventilation and muscle wasting.