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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Country of Origin:
Great Britain

Domestic dog, bird dog

Brown and white, black and white, also white or black with brown spots

Affectionate, attentive, agile, cheerful, intelligent

45-51 cm

20-25 kg

11-14 years

Other names:
English Springer Spaniel


Litter size:
5-6 puppies

English Springer Spaniel – a medium sized dog who is very attached to his family. Although they are not as popular in Germany as Cocker Spaniels, this breed of dog is certainly worthy of the interest of dog lovers (it is one of the most popular breeds in the USA and the UK).There are currently two breeding lines of the English Springer Spaniel – they are both working dogs and show dogs, and the first thing to do is to decide what kind of dog you are interested in when you are choosing your pet. Although an English Springer Spaniel of the show line may also have a fairly strong hunting instinct, this will of course be weaker than that of the working line.

Breed history

The English Springer Spaniel originated in England. Similar dogs have been depicted in artwork as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries, suggesting that the breed is quite old. They were used for hunting even before the invention of firearms: spaniels would frighten away birds hidden in scrub or reeds, which were caught by the huntsman’s falcon. In the 19th century, spaniels were classified by the same leaders according to their hunting qualities. The smaller spaniels were used to hunt woodcock and the larger spaniels were used to frighten birds. The smaller dogs were called cocker spaniels and the larger ones – springerspaniels. At the end of the nineteenth century, the two breeds were separated from each other. In 1903, in England, the Springerspaniels began to be separated into show dogs and hunting dogs, a practice that continues to this day.

English Springer Spaniel: Appearance

The English Springer Spaniel has a symmetrical build. The body is strong, the waist slightly curved and the chest deep. The height at the withers is 51 cm and the weight can vary from 20 to 25 kg (females are smaller than males). The head is rather broad, the skull is of medium length and rounded. The neck is firm and muscular, with no sagging of the skin. Ears close together, raised at eye level, drooping, covered with hair. Eyes large, almond-shaped, not bulging or sunken, preferably of dark colours. Tail low, held low on the back, covered with dense hairs. The coat is dense, weather-resistant and soft. The coat of sterilised females becomes coarser. The coat is available in a variety of colours: brownish white, black and white or black with brown spots.

English Springer Spaniel: Character

The English Springer Spaniel – is friendly and gets along well with people and animals.This breed is usually patient with children, but early socialisation is necessary to lay the foundations for the dog’s later behaviour. If you do not plan to hunt with the dog, this instinct should not be aroused, as it will remain throughout life. The English Springer Spaniel is an active dog that needs long walks and play. assess whether you will be able to devote enough time to this pet – walks should be around 40-60 minutes at least twice a day. Aggression is not at all common in this breed, but males can be dominant towards other dogs. English Springer Spaniels are not at all suitable for guarding, as they welcome visitors even with great joy! It is important to start early enough to attend training classes – English Springer Spaniels are quite receptive to this.This breed cannot tolerate loneliness, so these pets are not suitable for people who are away from home all day.

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