At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 50 lbs.

Height: 18" - 21"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Springer Spaniel

Also know as: English Springer Spaniel

Group: Sporting

Origin: Great Britain (Renaissance Period)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: The Springer Spaniel is considered the forbearer of all English hunting Spaniels. Its name is derived from the method it uses during hunting. The Springer will "spring" towards its prey (usually birds) to flush it out of hiding. It became popular in the U.S. in the 1700s and is still a favorite hunting partner and pet. Today the Springer is a good all-around worker, companion and competition dog, with superb skills in bird hunting, retrieving, tracking, watchdogging, agility, tricks and obedience.

Temperament / Behavior
Obedient, social and fun, the Springer Spaniel learns quickly. This is a breed that's always willing to perform tricks or chores that help them display their intelligence. This breed has a tendency to bond with everyone, so it's a good choice for a family with children. Because this breed is so social, it can suffer from separation anxiety. It may become destructive if left alone for long periods of time. Many go through a "teenager" phase that can be disruptive. This is quite common, and should not be confused with the much more serious Rage Syndrome. During the teenage period, dogs will require a firm but understanding hand to teach proper obedience. This breed is good with other pets but due to its history as a bird dog, it may not do well with pet birds in the house. There are two types of Springers, including field and bench. They differ slightly in appearance and temperament. Field Springers have a whiter coat and are used for hunting and field trial activities, while Bench Springers have darker fur and are bred for show. Field Springers are more energetic, while the Bench counterparts have the calmer disposition required for show dogs.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip Dysplasia; weight gain; ear infections; progressive retinal atrophy; canine phosphofructokinase (PFK); Epilepsy; Rage Syndrome (a rare form of epilepsy that causes dogs to change personality and become vicious, attacking people or other animals)

Special Needs
Exercise: Due to its hunting nature, the Springer Spaniel requires plenty of exercise. Daily walks, run, romps and play sessions are recommended. Hunting, swimming and field trials are ideal.

Grooming: Regular brushing is required for your Springer Spaniel. Keep hair on the inside of the ears well-trimmed to reduce chance of infection.


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