English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel


: English Springer Spaniels are part of an older breed that began with present day Spaniels. Largest of all the Spaniel breeds, these dogs were very popular during the time of the Renaissance because they made the perfect companions for European hunters. During the 1700s, Americans started to like this breed. These days, two distinct kinds of English Springer Spaniels exist. The “bench bred” are done so as part of the conformation ring. The “field bred” variety are made for field trials and hunting.


English Springer Spaniels are very energetic and need daily exercise. They can thrive in either the city or country. Activities they enjoy are brisk walks, swimming, ball chasing and bicycling. Apartment living is fine for them as long as they enough exercise and have a safe place to run. This dog needs lots of attention and stimulation.


The English Springer Spaniels need regular brushing using a stiff bristle brush. Bathing with a mild shampoo can be done as needed, or with dry shampoo. Regular checking and cleaning of their ears must be performed. Also important is that their feet hair is kept trimmed to keep them from picking of burrs or other things. They're prone to develop epilepsy, PRA, hip dysplasia, and PKF. They gain weight easily so be careful not to over feed them. Recently, English Springer Spaniels have started to develop a serious personality disorder known as “Rage Syndrome.” This is a rare disorder that causes a normal dog to suddenly go into a rage, causing him to attack viciously. If this happens, this dog won't respond to any commands. It's a form of epilepsy that can be treated.


English Springer Spaniels make excellent hunting dogs whether on land or water. They're also ideal family pets. These dogs are compact and medium size, while being very athletic. They have trusting, kind and alert expressions, and are sturdier, hardier, quicker and more power than all of the other Spaniel breeds.


English Springer Spaniels have a coat of moderate length. It's straight, weather resistant, glossy, and lies against the body. You'll find feathering on the chest, legs, ears and brisket. The colors of the coat are liver and white, black and white, and sometimes, tan markings. This is an average shedding breed.


You'll find that English Springer Spaniels are gentle, sociable and gregarious. They're also very intelligent, sincere, and courageous. These dogs are great with kids and they love everyone. This is a breed that loves human interaction and needs to be with their family as much as they can. They don't like being left alone for a long time or they can start barking excessively and destroying things. While they do well with other pets, they might not get along very well with dogs of their same sex. Also, if you have a pet bird, you don't need this dog.


English Springer Spaniels must have intense socialization and obedience training at a very young age. Training must be conducted with praise, fairness, consistency and firmness. They love and excel in tracking, agility, obedience, fly ball, and hunting. They also make excellent therapy dogs.