Origin and characteristics

English Springer Spaniels are medium-size dogs with classic Spaniel characteristics; large eyes, and long, hanging ears. Spaniel-type dogs were originated in Spain (‘Spaniel’ meaning Spanish Dog), many centuries ago, going back as early as the Roman times.

The English Springer Spaniel got his name for the way they used to “spring” at hunting games.

The English Springers get on well with other dogs, pets and affectionate with children when brought up together, which makes them the perfect family dog.  They are intelligent and have an energetic and loving personality. Because they’re hunting dogs, they require a lot of exercise, at least 2 hours a day. If they don’t get enough exercise, they can become destructive. They have a strong desire to be close to humans which makes them great therapy dogs, but they can easily become lonely or bored if left alone for longer periods of time. Because of their gentle nature, they are not good guard dogs. They need socialisation training when they’re young, this helps them to grow up to be well behaved dogs.

An ideal home for this breed is a house with a good size garden, where they can run, exercise and release their energy, however if you take them for a walk, they must be kept on a leash. Being hunting dogs, their instinct to hunt might kick and they can run off to chase hand hunt down birds. They also like to swim.

  • Lifespan: 10 – 12 Years

  • Size: 51 – 60 cm

  • Weight: 25 – 35 kg

  • Breed group: Gundog

  • Coat: soft undercoat and a medium-length flat or wavy overcoat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The English Springer Spaniel has a medium length waterproof double coat – a short and soft insulating undercoat and a topcoat that can be flat or wavy. This makes them waterproof and resistant to weather conditions. Their long ears can pick up debris and mud, so regular grooming is essential to avoid ear-infections. They have extra hair on their ear, on the back of their legs, and on their chest. Their coat can be trimmed around these areas for a neater look.

How to manage shedding?

With weekly brushing you can avoid tangles and mats in their fur, this also helps removing dirt and loose hair which they shed moderately throughout the year. Tangles can be brushed out with a slicker brush or a de-mating comb. To prevent mats, it’s recommended to brush them at least three times a week and give them a full grooming every two months. Regular grooming helps to keep your dog’s coat healthy and helps to reduce shedding.

The quality of food they eat also makes a huge difference to their look – they should be fed high quality dog food packed with nutrients and essential fatty acids to help maintain a healthy coat.

They should be fed high quality dog food.

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