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