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English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a medium sized sporting breed.
They are known for their sweet temperament and endurance in the field.


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Physical Characteristics
  • Long pendant ears
  • Hazel or brown eyes, depending on coat color
  • Coat: Medium-length hair is flat or slightly wavy; most common colors are liver (brown) and white or black and white, sometimes with tan markings
  • Height: 19-20 inches
  • Weight: 40-50 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 12-14 years
Temperament
  • Even-tempered, gentle, friendly, sociable, smart, skillful, willing, obedient
  • Interaction with people: Good with children
  • Interaction with animals: May be aggressive with same-sex dogs. Good with other pets, except birds
  • Level of attention needed: Does best when with people as much as possible
  • Training: Quick learner; easily trained
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments if sufficiently exercised
  • Needs average-sized yard
  • Adaptable to different environments
Grooming
  • Average, continuous shedder
  • Needs regular brushing
  • Longer coats will mat if not brushed often
  • Shave hair on underside of the ears to avoid chronic ear infection
  • Trim hair on feet
Other Facts
  • Coat protects from weather, water and thorns - breed can hunt under the most difficult conditions
  • Popular show dog and pet
Breed History
  • Founder of all English hunting spaniels
  • Became popular in 1700s
  • Name comes from method of flushing game - springs forward to drive birds out of hiding
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association For breed rescue opportunities, visit ESSFTA Rescue
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