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English Springer Spaniel

Energetic and lively, the English Springer Spaniel is a joy to have around. They’re fairly easy to train due to their intelligence and enjoy being close to their owners. An English Springer Spaniel will be an excellent running mate as they enjoy being active. Plus, they’re known to be total brainiacs which makes them perfect for participating in competitions.  

12 – 14 years
18 – 25kg
46 – 56cm
Black and white, liver and white or either of these with tan markings
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

English Springer Spaniels can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia 
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Multifocal retinal dysplasia which is an inherited eye condition that can seriously affect a dog's vision.
- Glaucoma which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up. 
- Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy which is where deposits form in the eye which can cause damage to the eye and blindness in dim light.
- Fucosidosis which is an inherited metabolic problem that can result in nervous problems.
- Immune mediated haemolytic anaemia which is a problem where a dog's immune system starts to attack its own red blood cells causing anaemia.
- Ear infections due to their flappy hanging ears.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Eye testing for pectinate ligament abnormality testing to look for signs that a dog is affected by glaucoma.
- DNA test for fucosidosis and progressive retinal atrophy, which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.
- Eye screening scheme

Meet the Spaniel!

Springer Spaniel Appearance

The English Springer Spaniel is a compact, medium-sized active dog with long ears set close to the head. They have a kindly yet alert expression, and a straight, medium length coat, feathered around the ears, legs and tail. As for the Springer Spaniel colours, they can range from black and white or liver and white to either of these colours combined with tan markings. 

Springer Spaniel Personality 

Naturally a busy, extroverted type, the Springer Spaniel is friendly, quick to learn, and eager to please. Show varieties can be less active and appear calmer than working types, however all retain the desire to find items and carry objects in their mouths.   

If their needs are understood and met, they make great companion dogs for the active outdoor family. 

Springer Spaniel Fun Facts 

  • Springer and Cocker Spaniels used to be the same breed, occurring in the same litters, with the larger puppies being the Springers and the smaller being the Cockers. They were split into separately recognised breeds in 1892 by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.  
  • Although originating from the ‘Land Spaniels’, Springer Spaniels are known for their love of water, and enjoy a good swim or just a splash in a puddle or even their own water bowl. 
  • Despite the name ‘Springer Spaniel’ only being given later on, there are 16th century paintings with dogs that resemble the breed. 
  • English Springer Spaniels have won the third most 'Best in Show' awards at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with an impressive 6 titles. 
  • They’re a favourite with celebrities including George W. Bush, Princess Grace, and Oprah Winfrey. 


Do Springer Spaniels shed a lot? 

Springer Spaniels are known to shed moderately but they might have a heavier shedding during the spring and fall months. 

Do Springer Spaniels like to cuddle? 

As bubbly and loving dogs, Springer Spaniels will adore cuddling with you — this might actually be their favourite thing to do so get ready for lots of love and affection. 

How long should a Springer Spaniel be walked for? 

Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs so they will need to be walked for at least 2 hours per day. 

Are Springers prone to separation anxiety? 

Yes, as many other dog breeds, Springer Spaniels can go through separation anxiety if left alone for a long time. They tend to be very close to their owners, therefore not getting enough attention might cause them to be anxious. 

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