The English Springer Spaniel, the name says it all, this guy will spring into action at a moments notice, they are a lively and active breed, originally bred as a sporting dog.
They are a smart and enthusiastic breed. If you are looking for a dog to be active with, a running companion as well a great family pet, you may have found your perfect breed.
Working dogs need a lot of exercise and this guy is no different. They need plenty of exercise and playtime. They could make the perfect jogging partner, this is not a breed for couch potatoes, and you will need to be able to commit to long walks and endless games to keep them happy. This is not a suitable apartment dog.
A bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love to be with you and the family, they are fantastic with children, they are very ‘springy’ when they are young and have boundless energy. They will run around with kids all day in the garden. They do not cope well with being left alone and are prone to suffering from separation anxiety, they are not dogs for people who work full time.
They make great watchdogs and you will always know about who is at the door and anything suspicious or exciting going on outside. They can be a little un-trusting of strangers and as with most dogs will need good socialisation, to combat this.
They are usually dog friendly and will want to run around and play with other dogs. Small animals and cats should be fine if brought up in same household. Any animals outside will probably get chased as the hunting instinct will normally kick in.
They are very intelligent and easy to train. Try to keep training both interesting and fun for the best results and avoid being harsh with them, identifying their motivation reward early will get you the best results and it’s normally food.
They have medium length silky coats which require weekly brushing. They shed moderately throughout the year, more in spring and autumn. You may want to get them clipped by a professional for a trim or you can learn to do it yourself.
English Springer Spaniel Stats
The pendulous ears, soft gentle expression, sturdy build and friendly, wagging tail proclaim the English Springer Spaniel unmistakably as a member of the ancient family of spaniels. It is the largest of the land spaniels and was originally used to find and spring game for the nets, or the falcon carried by hunters.
- Weight -20kg –25kg
- Size – 43cm – 51cm
- They live for 10-12 years
Best Trait – Great family pet
Worst Trait – Needs lots of exercise