The English Springer Spaniel is a hearty, compact, medium-sized dog. They carry themselves proudly. Their back is level and approximately the same length as the height of the withers. Their limbs are straight and their feet are compact. The breed’s head is distinguished, strong, and sized in proportion to the dog’s body. The length of the dog’s head is approximately the same length as the dog’s neck. They have a moderate stop with a groove that rises between the eyes and disappears into the middle of the forehead. The topline of the skull and the topline of the muzzle are parallel to one another. The English Springer Spaniel has medium-sized eyes that are either brown or hazel in color. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their ears are long and pendant. The coat of the English Springer Spaniel is medium-length and flat or wavy and feathered. Coat colors for this breed include liver and white, black and white, blue, or liver roan. Flecks of white may or may not exist. Tails of this breed are typically docked.
Coat colors also include Black & white Tri & Liver & white Tri.
The vast majority of English Springer Spaniels are calm, even-tempered, and gentle. They are sociable, outstanding with children, and intelligent. They are playful, quick to learn, and they are obedient and responsive to commands. They are courageous and cheerful, and they love to wag their tails. This breed generally loves everyone, and they are happiest when they are spending the majority of their time in the company of people. If neglected or confined, this breed can become bored and mischievous. Because they love water so much, they enjoy getting wet and muddy. With the exception of birds, the English Springer Spaniel is usually good with other dogs and animals. They are sometimes aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex. As with other popular dog breeds, subtleties in temperament will vary from specimen to specimen.
18 – 21 inches
40 – 55 pounds
Like many other larger dog breeds, some lines of English Springer Spaniels are prone to hip dysplasia. Because of their propensity to gain weight at a quick pace, owners should take care not to overfeed. Other health concerns include eye problems such as PRA, a certain type of blood disorder known as PFK, HD, and epilepsy. Very rarely seen is a personality problem called “Rage Syndrome”. This disorder is extremely uncommon, and it occurs in many other popular breeds. Rage Syndrome is a treatable form of epilepsy that results in an otherwise normal dog attacking people. Generally, Rage Syndrome is not evident until the dog is two years old. This breed typically lives for 12 to 14 years.
The English Springer Spaniel is the founder of all English hunting spaniel breeds. Throughout the Renaissance, these dogs were considered to be the hunting companion of choice by the Europeans. The extreme popularity of this breed started in 1700. The English Springer Spaniel acquired its name from the process by which it flushes game- they are known to “spring” forward to drive birds away from their hiding places. In addition to being a top-notch hunter, this breed is also an outstanding retriever. The English Springer Spaniel has a number of natural abilities including hunting, retrieving, tracking, competitive obedience, watching, agility, and trick-performing.
The short-coated variety of English Springer Spaniel is comparatively easy to groom and take care of. It should be brushed frequently with a stiff bristle brush. The longer-haired English Springer Spaniel has a coat that needs more attention. Without frequent brushing, they will get mats and pick up burrs. Both varieties of English Springer Spaniels should be bathed only as necessary. Ears should be checked on a regular basis for signs of infection, and excess hair on the feet should be kept trimmed. This breed is a constant moderate shedder.
The English Springer Spaniel is content to live in a small household or apartment if it receives plenty of daily exercise. This breed is adjustable and is able to adapt to life in the city. They are comparatively inactive indoors, and they are happiest with at least an average-sized yard. The English Springer Spaniel will happily accept any amount of physical activity that is offered by its owner(s). They enjoy going for long walks and they love to swim and retrieve. This breed needs a lot of exercise to stay mentally and physically fit.