Dog Profiles - Description of English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Description: The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-size sporting dog with a neat compact body and a docked tail. One of the largest of the spaniels. His coat is moderately long and glossy with feathering on his legs, ears, chest and brisket. Handsome and robust he excels in the field at flushing out game. English Springer Spaniels make an excellent family companion as well as a working dog. He must have human companionship and the freedom to take regular exercise running off a lead.

Height: 19-20 inches

Weight: 49-53 lbs.

Colors: Liver and white, black and white, tan markings.

Coat: Close, straight and weather resistant; never coarse.

Temperament: Willing, active, faithful, intelligent. Good with children with proper socialization. Good with other pets. Good field sports dog and family pet. Good watch dog, poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Regular grooming of the coat with a stiff bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. Occasional trimming of ears and pads of the feet. It is recommended he receive professional grooming once or twice a year. Needs long daily walks and the opportunity to run and play off leash.

Training: May be headstrong, but is intelligent, learns easily and has a desire to learn. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: High, Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Indoors - Medium - High, Outdoors - High

Living Environment: Enjoys living in the house but having a fenced in backyard. Does not do well in small apartment or with people who live a sedentary life.

Health Issues: Usually sound and healthy. May have eye abnormalities or ear infections.

Life Span: 10-15 Years

Litter Size: 7

Country of Origin: England

History: One of the oldest spaniels, he was originally known as the Norfolk Spaniel. He gained his title of "springer" because of his usefulness in "springing" game for the gun.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 8), KC(GB), UKC