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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel originates from...

As with its smaller cousin, the Cocker Spaniel, the English Springer was prominent during the Tudor reign of Henry VIII, being widely utilised as a versatile gun dog over difficult terrain. The Renaissance saw an increase in the prevalence of the breed, with many aristocratic figures owning an English Springer as a companion dog. The breed derives its name from its early usage as a game flusher, 'springing' furred and feathered game from the bush in order for the hunter to shoot it. Able to work tirelessly in a variety of working fulfillments, the English Springer Spaniel falls within the 'gun dog' branch of canines, sharing its classification with the Pointers and Setters, Retrievers and Spaniels.

The English Springer Spaniel is characterised by...

With a proportioned body, the English Springer Spaniel is an athletic-looking breed possessing large, pendant ears, dark ovular eyes, a moderate-length muzzle and a deep chest for enhanced lung capacity and thus, enhanced stamina. The coat of the English Springer Spaniel is typically wavy and feathered, common in colours of white and liver, usually with black, liver or tan markings. Despite being an illegal practice in most countries across Europe, tail 'docking' is commonly observed in the breed. The Springer Spaniel loves water and is enthusiastic in exercise and play, especially if mud and wet land is involved.

The average English Springer Spaniel...

Often described as the ideal family dog, the English Springer Spaniel possesses an amiable and relaxed temperament, displaying affection and loyalty towards its family, whilst acting fearlessly to safeguard it in the presence of potential threat. Engaging well with children, the English Springer is well suited to the domestic setting, making a great addition to active family life. Generally, a healthy, fully mature Springer will weigh 18-25 kg depending on its gender, with a life expectancy of 12-14 years when cared for accordingly.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Susceptible to various health complaints that are partly genetic, the English Springer Spaniel has been known to suffer from optical disorders including glaucoma and cataracts, as well as issues relating to hips and elbows. More serious conditions specific to the breed are cardiac weakness, epilepsy and liver disease, whilst deafness is common in the breed due to the ears hanging low against the ground. Additionally, the Springer Spaniel is prone to easy weight gain, so feeding human foods is not encouraged as even the smallest amount of fat can be detrimental to the general health of the dog.


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Our English Springer Spaniel owners' thoughts

19th Aug 2013
Heidi Kingston
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2012
  • From: Kent, United Kingdom

Springers are wonderful dogs! Full of fun, intelligence, wiggle and spring!

1st Oct 2013
Barbara Hadfield
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

My 2 Girls are Sisters and are 1 year old next week !
They are wiggly and springy with such separate personalities.
Ones an Angel and Ones Always getting in to trouble LOL .
They are the best of breeds

1st Oct 2013
Barbara Hadfield
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2013
  • From: Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

My Girls Pip and Dot are sisters who are 1 year old next week .

They are wiggly and springy and can be very naughty when digging in the garden LOL but they are the best of dogs !!

11th Nov 2013
Lynda Griffiths
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2009
  • From: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

I grew up with Springer spaniels and my husband and I have had four ourselves over the 35 years we've been married. I would never have any other breed because they are so lovable - Ozzy especially, as he practically talks to us in his own way. Ozzy is a short eared working breed and there are times when he gives us a certain look or sits in a certain way that it's as if our sadly missed little friend Kashi is back in the room. Kashi was a working breed Springer and it's almost as if Ozzy has inherited his mannerisms, as at the end of the day, Ozzy came into our lives to take Kashi's place. All Springers have their little differences and that's why we love them.

28th Oct 2014
Eva Torok
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2011
  • From: Greater London, United Kingdom

Lots of hard work and training... but the most pleasurable and fun dogs ever! Very very affectionate and energetic dogs. Helps you forget your problems.

27th May 2016
Lyn Messenger
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 2015
  • From: Berkshire, United Kingdom

My girls are sisters, Connie and Tess, now 2 years old. They are so very different in some ways, but very alike in others. Both want lots of play and lots of exercise, love to run and chase the ball on the common and are very sociable. Tess is a real foodie but Connie sometimes has to be persuaded to eat. Tess is big and bouncy and Connie is petite and dances a lot. We have now owned five ESSs and love their loyalty, intelligence, need to please and sense of fun which makes them easy to train either as working dogs or very goods family pets. They make sure I take an hours walk every day, so very good for me too!

28th May 2016
Sue Golab
  • VioVet Customer Since: February 2015
  • From: Somerset, United Kingdom

My springer Tigger is 20 months old, my first one. He's such a lovable and loving boy, and very intelligent and easy to train (but suffers from 'selective deafness' when he wants to!). I just love him to bits !!

7th Mar 2017
Rosie Smith
  • VioVet Customer Since: November 2014
  • From: United Kingdom

My springer (my 1st have had other breeds) Alfie is 6years old now and is a fantastic pal loveable, faithful, loyal,funny,tail doesn't stop wagging full body wag. loves to play catch, fetch, all day long if he could.very energetic, intelligent loves learning. Loves interactive games and can do puzzles quickly I don't need to show him he just does them. loves water especially muddy puddles. Tennis balls are favourite but loves all toys. Couldn't have a better dog one in a million love him to bits.

24th Apr 2017
Tracey Fanson
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2016
  • From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

We have a English Springer Spaniel well its my daughters really. We cant recommend them enough they are such lovely characters full of life and endless wiggly bottoms also great bed companions. Loyal loving and affectionate what more can you ask for. Our daughters is 10 months old and we have had no problems with training him in any shape or form. Simply the best!!

23rd Jun 2017
Sally Woodard
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2017
  • From: Norfolk, United Kingdom

Suzie our 2yr old spaniel is a cross show/worker and has a beautiful temperament, such a wonderful dog to own, the combination of both types of spaniel I would definitely recommend, Sally Woodard

3rd Oct 2017
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 2017
  • From: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

This is my Charlie 11 years old and NOT slowing down lol. Charlie is mixed Cocker/ Springa Rescued charlie from R.S.P.C.A got him 6months old. He deffo has A.D.H.D but would not have him any other way. Obsessed with a tennis ball, loves digging, could walk 10miles if I could keep going. Full of love, cant get enough cuddles and kisses, don't go many places with out him. He is my best friend I love him dearly my life would be empty with out him he is just amazing.

15th Jan 2018
Karen kemp

My girl is 6 years old the most pleasurable dog I've ever owned can be cheeky ex nosing down the bin, I rescued her and she is my life

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