The English Springer Spaniel is one of the oldest small breeds originated from England, as you might have guessed. In some documents and articles the breed is also called Welsh Springer Spaniel. This dogs was grown for chasing different types of animals and was also preferred by hunters because of its qualities to catch birds on all kind of terrain. This is the reason why this dog is also called Sprinter Spaniel. For the first time the breed was registered in the American Kennel Club in 1910.
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium sized dog with a robust figure, a sweet, interesting and intelligent expression. His ears are large and beautifully draped, falling around his face. The coat is straight and silky. The coloring is black and white, reddish brown with white and can be even tricolor. Females weigh 18 kilograms and the male representatives - around 23 kg. The height is between 48 and 50 cm.
Character and behavior
This is a lively, enjoyable and friendly animal. It is a great family friend and pet, suitable both for people with and without experience in growing dogs.
These are very good natured, helpful and loyal creatures. The English Springer Spaniel loves to be with his family, playing and romping with them. He is very affectionate and often handing out wet kisses to people he loves. If you don't have enough free time to spend with your pet, then this breed is not a good choice for you.
Training and education
Training is easy and pleasant because this fog is very intelligent, responsible and will quickly learn almost any command. It'll be a lot of fun for both the owner and the Spaniel if during the education, there is a lot of new games and tasks.
The average life expectancy is about 12 years. The dogs are prone to some health problems. These include: glaucoma, VWD, SAS, HD, PRA, epilepsy, and others. It is obligatory for all Kennels to have OFA and CERF certificates for their dogs, before offering any puppies for sale.
Grooming and care
To look in good condition, the coat should be brushed 2-3 times a week and more often when the hair falls. It is recommended to clip it every three months, to maintain it short and clean, due to hygienic reasons. The ears should always be clean and dry to prevent infection. The hairs on the feet should also be abolished. The coat of the English Springer Spaniel has an average level of incidence, so it is not suitable pet for people suffering from allergies.
Children and other pets
Representatives of the breed hate to be rudely hugged and touched, and although they love children in general, it is better to be careful when there are small and aggressive kids around. These dogs are reserved toward strangers and bark a lot if they feel that something is wrong, which makes them excellent guards. They get along very well with other pets. The English Springer Spaniel is an excellent choice for someone who will provide lots of love and attention.
The first Puritans who sailed to the new continent (America) didn't leave behind their best friends. Among the 110 passengers aboard the ship “Mayflower”, that the history know about, there was one man who brought his dogs. That young guy was John Goodman. We don't know the names of these dogs, but they were a Mastiff and a Springer Spaniel. Mr Goodman passed away in 1620, but some of his friends Pilgrims continued to take care for his pets.
300 years later the famous Jean Leon Gerome Ferris painted a Springer Spaniel in his famous art: "The First Thanksgiving, 1621."