Breed of the Week: English Springer Spaniel

Springer

Breed of the Week: English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Appearance:

The English Springer Spaniel stands at approximately 19-20 inches in height and weigh approximately 40-50lbs, with males being slightly larger and heavier.  The Springer has a smooth, double coat with feathering on all extremities and a short docked tail.  They can be any combination of white, black, liver or tricolor with roan markings.

Temperament:

The Springer is a lively and active hunting breed which should be fearless and friendly to all.  They need a fair amount of exercise and generally do best in suburban or rural areas.  A good natured breed, the Springer generally does well with other pets and in sporting events such as obedience, rally and agility.

Health Concerns:

Like many medium breeds, the Springer is prone to joint issues including luxation and dysplasia.  Their heavy set ears also make them more prone to ear issues along with eye concerns.

Fun Facts:

  • Until 1902, English Springer Spaniels shared a lineage with English Cocker Spaniels; meaning you could have both breeds in a single litter with adults over 28lbs being labeled Springers.
  • While occasionally a litter will have a lemon, red, or orange colored puppy, these colors do not qualify as part of the breed and are heavily discouraged.
  • English Springer Spaniels excel at hunting events where they are often used as water retrievers.