The English Springer Spaniel is a trendy breed of gun dog that originated in England. The breed belongs to the Sporting family which is notable for their amiable, well-rounded members. English Springer Spaniels were traditionally bred for flushing and retrieving purposes. More recently, the breed has been developed to become excellent dynamic companions. English Springer Spaniels usually come in medium size. Their moderately long coats have feathering on the leg and tail parts. The breed may come in various colors of bi or tri-color patterns; typically a combination of black or liver plus white and/or tan markings.
Height and Weight
The male members of the breed normally stand about 19 to 21 in height at the withers and weigh around 50 lbs. The bitches, on the other hand, are quite smaller. Their height is approximately 18 to 20 in measured at the withers, and their weight is about 40 lbs.
More often than not, English Springers are friendly. They are eager to please, willing to obey, and quick to learn. The breed is known for their being affectionate and easy-going towards their family. They are commonly fast, alert and attentive, and these make them ideal companions for hunting. They are highly intelligent which make them excellent working dogs. Springers are notable for their great stamina. They are sociable and are capable of bonding well with children and other animals, though can be rather aggressive with birds and other dogs of similar sex. They love the water, and can be quite destructive and mischievous when left alone.
English Springers have the propensity to shed hair daily and according to season. If this condition is not managed, they would develop matted hair. Brushing them once every two or three days will help fix the problem. Also, regular ear check-up and hair-trimming has to be done to keep the pet from any possible ear infection.
Despite the Springer’s great stamina, they are still prone to quite a few dog health problems. Some of these include skin allergies, ear infections, elbow dysplasia, canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and progressive renal atrophy. Nonetheless, with proper diet and regular exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 14 years.
English Springers, in general, tend to best thrive in homes with adequate yard space. Because they are an inquisitive and alert breed, Springers prefer to live in areas with ample legroom to play and exercise. However, they can still manage to thrive in apartment-living as long as regular walks are given to them. It is highly recommended that Springers get to exercise on a regular basis to keep them happy and well-behaved. Daily physical and mental stimulation will keep them from becoming bored, lonely, or destructive.