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English Springer Spaniel

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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are compact, medium-sized dogs with flat or wavy coats. They have long pendant ears that when pulled forward, should reach to the top of the nose. The back is level and about the same length as the height at the withers. The head is strong and is in good proportion with the rest of the dog. The stop is moderate with a groove between the eyes and disappearing in the middle of the forehead. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The tail is normally docked. They can be liver and white colored, black and white, blue or liver, and the white dogs may have flecks of colored hair. There are two types of Springers ? field and bench. The field is bred for hunting and field trial work. The benches are more for shows and have more liver or black than white, and are calmer.

Temperament English Springer Spaniels are even-tempered, gentle and friendly dogs. They thrive on human companionship, are great with kids and get along with other household pets except for birds. This dog is cheerful, affectionate, sincere and loves everyone! They love to get wet and muddy. They can get into mischief and bark a lot if left alone for too long. Springers need strong guidance through their "teenage" years.
Height, Weight Male Height: 19-21" ; Weight: 45-55 lbs.
Female Height: 18-20" ; Weight: 40-50 lbs.
Health Problems Some Springers are prone to hip dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy and HD. It has been said that Springer Spaniels have personality problems which has been labeled "Rage Syndrome". There is no clinical research to substantiate this claim. Rather, some in this breed simply go through a teenage stage where they may test their owners. Springer owners should be firm yet gentle and able to show the dog who is boss.
Living Conditions English Springer Spaniels will do fine in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They can live in either a city or a town but do better with an average-sized yard.
Exercise Springers have lots of energy and will enjoy any exercise that its owner gives. They should have a chance to run off of their lead, to retrieve and to swim whenever possible.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming The coat of the English Springer Spaniel is easy to maintain with regular brushing. Bathe only when necessary. Ears should be checked often for grass seeds, burrs or for an infection. Brush or comb regularly. Check often for matting. This breed is a constant average shedder.
Origin Known under the pseudonym of Norfolk Spaniel for a time, English Springer Spaniel became the official name by 1900. Sir Thomas Boughey is credited with establishing the modern credentials; his family's stud books on the breed dated from 1812. The Springer is still a fine gunning dog, ideally suited for flushing birds, such as pheasants. Many Springers show their skill in competition obedience. They are recognized by both the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog