The English Springer Spaniel is a friendly, lively,
outgoing, medium-sized breed requiring regular exercise and daily
grooming. Springers enjoy children and adults alike and do best
in a household situation when properly trained and socialized.
The English Springer Spaniel was originally bred
as an all-round hunting dog, requiring a great amount of stamina
and independent thinking in order to complete this task. A Springer
thrives when given the opportunity to perform some task, whether
it is following you around the house; announcing visitors; performing
tricks, obedience, conformation, agility, hunting, tracking or
any other task that might include them in your daily routine.
Obedience training your Springer at an early age is very important
as this helps to develop a bond between you and your dog as well
as making them more manageable to live with. Remember, if your
dog is registered with the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) or the AKC
(American Kennel Club) you might also wish to compete with your
dog in licensed obedience trials.
Males range in size from 19-21 inches and weigh an
average of 45-55 pounds. Females range in size from 18-2O inches
and weigh an average of 35-45 pounds. Springers come in a variety
of colours including liver or black with white markings; liver
& white or black & white with tan markings (tri-coloured);
blue or liver roan; or predominantly white with liver, black or
tan markings. Coat texture and amount of coat varies according
to bloodlines. Coats should be of medium length, can be flat
or wavy, and should have a glossy/live appearance.
Regular, thorough brushing is required to keep the
coat flat & free of dead hair and mats. The hair between
the pads of the feet should be kept trim and nails need to be
cut regularly (preferably once a week or every 2 weeks). Ears
must be cleaned at least once a week because Springer's
floppy ears are very prone to infections. Shaving the inside
flaps of the ears helps to reduce build-up of wax, dirt and moisture
which will lead to ear infections. It is highly recommended that
your Springer be professionally groomed several times a year in
order to maintain a healthy, clean coat that keeps your Springer
looking presentable, but most importantly allows you to notice
if health problems are occurring (ie. ticks & fleas, lumps,
skin irritations, etc.). Brushing the teeth on a regular basis
is also highly recommended in order to minimize tooth decay and
We recommend the following readings:
The English Springer Spaniel An Owner's Guide to A Happy Healthy Pet; Carol & Don Callahan; Howell Book House; New York, 1996.
The Art of Raising a Puppy; The Monks of New Skete; Little, Brown & Company; Boston, 1991.
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With; Clarice Rutherford & David H. Neil; Alpine Publications; Loveland, Colorado; 1981.
The Book of the English Springer Spaniel; Anna Katherine Nicholas; TFH Publication, Inc. Ltd.; Neptune City, New Jersey; 1983.
The New Complete English Springer Spaniel; Julia Gasow & Edward K. Roggenkamp III; Howell Book House Inc.; New York; 1994.
Good Owners, Great Dogs; Brian Kilcommons with Sarah Wilson; Warner Books, Inc.; New York; 1992.
How to be Your Dog's Best Friend; The Monks of New Skete; Little, Brown and Company; Boston; 1978.
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