English Springer Spaniel

Description

The English Springer Spaniel has solid features that enable it to move through a dense hunting environment with swiftness and agility. Its torso is average size and generally longer than it is tall. The forelegs are straight while the hindlegs are angular. The tail extends from its level back and is typically docked. It has a long neck upon which its head of equal length is settled. The ears, which are feathered, hang down loosely at the sides of its head. The facial features are average in size and give the breed a gentle look. The coat is one of its most eye-catching features. It has a contrasting double coat: the top coat is wavy and smooth, while the undercoat is coarse and closer to its body. The fur is profuse from the chest down to the front of the hindlegs.

Temperament

Spaniels are generally good-natured breeds, and the English Springer Spaniel is no different. The breed enjoys being in the company of people and participating in lively activities. Avoiding the possible barking and trouble that the breed can get into is a matter of keeping it occupied or in the company of its family. Its gentle nature extends to other pets that may be in the same household. They will play with children for hours, as long as the play doesnтАЩt get too rough. Training may be necessary to calm the breed to less lively behavior.

Height and Weight

Male height: 19-21 inchesMale weight: 45-55 poundsFemale height: 18-20 inchesFemale weight: 40-50 pounds

Health Problems

The most common health problems that are associated with the English Springer Spaniel include Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Canine Phosphofructokinase (PFK), and epilepsy. Some types may also develop hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

Just about any environment is appropriate for the English Springer Spaniel. However, if it is kept indoors it may become inactive. The breed will do best in a modest size yard or an open rural area, but will do fine in smaller environments as long as it obtains sufficient exercise.

Exercise

The English Springer Spaniel should have daily exercise. It will appreciate activities, such as running or swimming, that are very physical. In addition to physical exercise, the breed will also appreciate mental exercise such as obedience training.

Life Expectancy

The average lfie expectancy of the English Springer Spaniel is 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The English Springer Spaniel tends to have a litter of 4-10 puppies.

Grooming

All types of English Springer Spaniels require regular brushing to keep the coat smooth and tangle free. Since all types have long ears that can trap debris and bacteria, it is recommended that the ears are cleaned on a regular basis.

Origin

England

Group

Gun, Sporting

Color

Brown is the most common clor of the Spaniel’s coat. However, other colors are acceptable, including black and blue.