English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Sporting, Gun Dog
Height: males 20 in., females 19 in.
Weight: 40-55 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes, if socialized
Good with other pets: yes

The English Springer Spaniel is the forerunner of all English hunting spaniels. The name derives from the springing action of the dog when it flushes out prey. It was the perfect partner for hunters in Europe and has been popular in America since 1700.

What does the English Springer Spaniel look like?

The average height for the English Springer Spaniel is 20 inches and weight is about 40-55 lbs. The Springer has long feathery ears reaching the nose when pulled forward. Particular attention should be paid to ears and feet to prevent problems. The eyes are hazel or brown. The tail is short and fringed. The hair is fringed at the throat and chest also and is of medium length. Colors are white and liver or white and black.

What is the English Springer Spaniel’s temperament?

The Springer is a very good-natured dog and loves everyone. It is usually a gentle dog and very friendly and playful and is great with children. The Springer is courageous and intelligent and learns quickly and cheerfully. If left alone too much the Springer can be destructive. Gentle training works well, but you must let the Springer know that you are the boss. Springers are active dogs and need lots of exercise. Even a rather small enclosed yard will work off some of the energy.

What are the English Springer Spaniel’s uses?

The Springer is a hunter, retriever, works in water and on land. It can be taught tricks and learns quickly. The Springer also works well at agility and obedience trials. This dog is faster and stronger than most other spaniels. The Springer makes a wonderful companion dog as well.

Possible Health Issues

Hip/elbow dysplasia, otitis, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, phosphofructokinase deficiency (deficiency in this enzyme limits energy).

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