The English Springer Spaniel is
one of the largest of the spaniels; All spaniels can probably trace
their origins back to the spaniels of Spain. In 1892 the Kennel
Club of Great Britain recognised Cocker and Springer spaniels as
separate breeds even though they sometimes appeared in the same
litter. This was soon stopped by the two breed clubs and a standard
conformation was made of each breed. The Kennel Club of Great Britain
granted breed recognition in 1902; the American Kennel Club granted
recognition in 1927. This breed is of the oldest sporting gundogs.
Their original purpose was for finding and springing game for the
net, falcon or greyhound. Nowadays they are used to find, flush
and retrieve game for the gun.
These dogs are very popular within
a family environment, a good all rounder. It is one of the most
versatile of the sporting dogs.
They make great family pets; they are patient and tolerable with
children. They are extremely loyal and are quick learners.
The typical Springer is an extrovert
by nature, friendly, eager to please, quick to learn and willing
to obey. Springers are known to continue to develop and mature until
they are 2 years old. Aggression and dominance are not common in
the breed but can be a problem if not handled carefully when young.
As a rule they make good companions and family dogs, being well
behaved and quick to learn and respond.
The body coat of the Springer is flat or wavy and of medium length,
it is also weather proof, water proof and thorn proof. The ears,
chest, legs, tail and under carriage have moderate feathering. As
a result of this feathering some amount of grooming is required.
Some trimming will be necessary around the head, feet and ears.
Extra grooming is required especially after a day out in the undergrowth
as the coat can and will pick up all sorts of twigs and grass.
They love the outdoors, energetic enough to go on all day. A lot
of exercise and learning is required to keep this dog happy. They
love to be kept involved in all family activities and as such are
ideal for a growing family. They will settle happily after exercise.
This breed can suffer from eye problems and hip dysplasia.
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