English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Introduction

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog or bird dog originating in Great Britain. While their smaller English Cocker Spaniel cousins were used to hunt woodcock, these hunting dogs, size was taken advantage of when they were used for flushing or “springing,” hence the hunting dogs name.

 

Hunting Style

English Springer SpanielThese hunting dogs are differentiated from their English Cocker Spaniel relatives by their greater size and are, therefore, more useful for flushing and retrieving game. This hunting dog breed is foremost an upland flushing dog and has a good nose, following a scent well. An English Cocker Spaniel will work a field in a zigzag pattern when seeking upland game birds. These hunting dogs are bold flushers and should not hesitate when “springing” game. 

 

Trainability

Intelligent and sociable, these hunting dogs are highly trainable as well. They are considered malleable and willing to obey, but trainers should be careful to vary their methods of training. An intelligent hunting dog will quickly get bored with the same type of training and become stubborn.

English Springer Spaniel feeding a lambGeneral Appearance

English Springer Spaniels look very similar to their Cocker Spaniel cousins apart from size. They are divided into showing and field groups. These two groups vary English Springer Spaniel puppysignificantly in appearance, with the hunting dog having shorter and coarser coats, less pendulous ears, and an overall more “wiry” look to them. Their coats can come in various shades of brown and black with various markings. They reach up to 20 inches tall and up to 45 pounds in weight, making them medium-sized.

 

Personality

This hunting dog breed has a great disposition. English Springer Spaniels are friendly, eager to please, intelligent, and willing to be English Springer Spanielobedient. They are very attentive, making them great hunting companions, and their outgoing personalities make them great family dogs. Like all hunting dog breeds, these hunting dogs require regular exercise in order to remain calm and well behaved. These bird dogs are very sociable and do not do well with isolation. This hunting dog breed  has a reputation for loving water, also.

 

Health

These hunting dogs have an average lifespan of 10.5-15 years. English Springer Spaniels are not an unhealthy bird dog overall, but, like with any breed of  hunting dog, there are some diseases which are more common in the group. This hunting dog breed is associated with an English Springer Spanielincreased risk for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. The showing group of this hunting dog breed is associated with Rage Syndrome. This is a syndrome that causes the gun dog to attack unprovoked, often with a glazed look in their eyes and little awareness of where they are or what is going on. As with all hunting dogs, one should screen any English Springer Spaniel for these issues as well as other eye issues and cardiac issues before breeding or purchasing.

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