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English Springer Spaniel

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #262015: #272014: #28
Name English Springer Spaniel
Other names Springer Spaniel
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Sporting (AKC:1910)Gun Dog (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 10-14 years
Temperament AffectionateAlertCheerfulEnergeticIntelligentPlayfulSocial
Height Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm)Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Weight Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg)Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Colors Black & WhiteBlack White & TanLiver & WhiteLiver White & TanWhite & BlackWhite & Liver
Litter Size 4-10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $700 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsThey will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. English Springer Spaniels adapt well to town or city life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 5 starsSpringers enjoy as much exercise as you can give them. They need lots of it to be happy. They should have chances to take daily long walks or jogs where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human, never in front, as in a dog's mind, the leader leads the way. They will also benefit from a run and play off the leash. They love to retrieve and swim. These dogs perform very well in both agility skills trials and obedience competitions.
Grooming 4 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Professional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 4 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #13. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: It is very intelligent and eager to please. Obedience training is recommended. The English Springer Spaniel can learn a wide variety of hunting skills, such as following hand signals, ‘Scenting’ (tracking prey by smell), ‘Flushing’ (flushing birds in a zigzag pattern), ‘Quarter’ (remaining in gun range), ‘Soft Mouth’ (holding a bird in the mouth without biting it), and ‘Retrieve to Hand’ (delivering to the hunter on command).
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Daisy
02 Sam Mia
03 Toby Chloe
04 Jack Lola
05 Teddy Zoey
06 Bear Bailey
07 Oliver Lilly
08 Bentley Penny
09 Baxter Nala
10 Dexter Gracie
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The English springer spaniel is compactly built, upstanding with proud carriage, slightly longer than tall but with fairly long legs and a deep body. Its build should suggest a combination of strength, agility and endurance, a dog capable of hunting tirelessly under the most difficult of conditions. The outer coat is of medium length, either flat or wavy, and the undercoat is soft and dense. This combination protects the dog from weather, water and thorns. The gait is long and ground-covering. The expression — alert, kindly and trusting — is an essential feature of springer type.

Friendly, affectionate and easily trained. These qualities are essential when being trained for the field or shown in the ring. The Springer’s long ears, soft expression and happy disposition clearly show him to be a member of the ancient family of spaniels. It is uncharacteristic for a gun dog to be aggressive towards other dogs or people, therefore aggression is unacceptable behavior. Tentativeness is to be equally penalized with allowances for young puppies.
The English Springer Spaniel is the oldest and best-established sporting gun dog. It is the taproot of all the sporting land spaniels (except the Clumber Spaniel). The name undoubtedly comes from his actions afield where he springs at his quarry and flushes it for the net, falcon or greyhound. Today he is used as a flusher and retriever. The breed's popularity has given way to the Cocker, but still remains in the top 30 most popular breeds of dogs. The English Springer Spaniel was recognized by the AKC in 1910.
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