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English Springer Spaniel

EnglishSpringerSpaniel

A Retrieving Family Companion

Affectionate, playful, obedient

English Springer Spaniels are eager to please, responsive, and active, medium-sized dogs. These loyal dogs are friendly with children, strangers, and other pets. They make great companions for families, hunters, and those who enjoy the outdoors. Their excessive energy requires they get plenty of exercise daily. A good long walk or run each day will keep the Springer happy.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:18-21 in. Weight:40-60 lb Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
2

1 = small - 5 = large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: English Springer Spaniels are highly active dogs that excel at dog sports like flyball, agility, dock diving and field trials. They are high energy hunting dogs so a fenced yard and leashed walks are a must. They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for them.

Grooming: Daily brushing and regularly trimming is recommended to prevent mats and keep their long coat beautiful.

Dental: English Springer Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


This exuberant and fun-loving dog has high exercise needs, but also loves to spend time relaxing with the ones they love; an ideal companion for an active family.

Positive Traits:

  • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

  • Eager to please and responsive to training

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

  • Even temper and gentle disposition

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • Good with children

Negative Traits:

  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

  • Needs frequent attention from their family

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Can have an unstable temperament if not bred properly, including excessive barking, hyperactivity, or aggression

Whether you are considering adding a new English Springer Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every English Springer Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the English Springer Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an English Springer Spaniel could encounter:

The English Springer Spaniel originated in England during the early 1800’s and was bred as a flushing and retrieving gun dog. This athletic and highly active breed enjoys canine sports such as agility, flyball, and dock diving. A true diplomat, they’ll be friendly with children and pets and even give strangers a chance, too. Springer Spaniels are intelligent, obedient, and extroverted. The English Springer Spaniel is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your English Springer Spaniel shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Exercise intolerance, weakness

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Dry, flaky, or greasy, oily skin

  • Sudden aggressive episodes with no apparent cause

  • Care

    Routine Care: English Springer Spaniels are highly active dogs that excel at dog sports like flyball, agility, dock diving and field trials. They are high energy hunting dogs so a fenced yard and leashed walks are a must. They love the water, and swimming is a great form of exercise for them.

    Grooming: Daily brushing and regularly trimming is recommended to prevent mats and keep their long coat beautiful.

    Dental: English Springer Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    This exuberant and fun-loving dog has high exercise needs, but also loves to spend time relaxing with the ones they love; an ideal companion for an active family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

    • Eager to please and responsive to training

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Good with children

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • Needs frequent attention from their family

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Can have an unstable temperament if not bred properly, including excessive barking, hyperactivity, or aggression

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new English Springer Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every English Springer Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the English Springer Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an English Springer Spaniel could encounter:

  • History

    The English Springer Spaniel originated in England during the early 1800’s and was bred as a flushing and retrieving gun dog. This athletic and highly active breed enjoys canine sports such as agility, flyball, and dock diving. A true diplomat, they’ll be friendly with children and pets and even give strangers a chance, too. Springer Spaniels are intelligent, obedient, and extroverted. The English Springer Spaniel is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your English Springer Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Exercise intolerance, weakness

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Dry, flaky, or greasy, oily skin

    • Sudden aggressive episodes with no apparent cause

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