The English Springer Spaniel (also known simply as the “Springer Spaniel”) is a sporting breed of dog that is very closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel – the two breeds having been considered the same at one time – which features long ears and a white coat with either black or liver markings. The breed came into existence during the mid-1800s, and was originally bred for the key reason of flushing birds into the air on hunting trips.
Some of their most distinctive characteristics are their high intelligence, friendly nature, soft mouth, keen sense of smell and their signature ability to flush birds into the air – which in essence make the English Springer Spaniel a popular breed for use in hunting purposes, drug detection and as a companion dog for active families.
The English Springer Spaniel is thought to have descended from the Norfolk Spaniel and Shropshire Spaniel of the mid-1800s and is very closely related to the English Cocker Spaniels – in fact, during the early 1900s both breeds were known to have come from the same litters. They received their name and favor among hunters based on their special ability to “spring” and flush birds into the air.
English Springer Spaniels are termed as a medium-sized breed. The recommended standard size for the English Springer Spaniel male is 20 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 50 pounds, while the recommended size for female English Springer Spaniels is 19 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 40 pounds.
The English Springer Spaniel is well-known for their cheerful, playful, sociable and devoted temperament. They are usually friendly with unfamiliar people, which can make them quite unsuitable as a guard dog.
The English Springer Spaniel is also demonstrated to be extremely intelligent – scoring 13th compared to other dogs in terms of their capacity to be trained obedience commands. They are additionally known to be good with kids – meaning they are highly suitable as a family pet. The English Springer Spaniel is usually well-matched with other animals with the exception of birds and dogs of the same gender who they may become aggressive with.
The English Springer Spaniel is satisfied with at least an average-sized yard to play in, but they are mildly suitable for apartment living just as long as they are given daily exercise.
The English Springer Spaniel prefers to be out on hunting trips but their need for activity can also be met through exploring the wilderness, going swimming, sessions of obedience training or learning tricks, taking part in agility trials and chasing after a ball or frisbee. They have a medium to high level of energy and this necessitates daily exercise in the form of long walks or jogs at a minimum to inhibit hyperactivity or destructive behavior as well as prevent excessive weight gain.
The English Springer Spaniel can make the ideal dog breed for hunters as well as active owners or families that enjoy the outdoors. They are well-suited to anybody who is eager to execute a regular amount of grooming and set aside time to give them positive reinforcement training and regular mental stimulation as well as take them on long walks every day and grant a very high amount of companionship and attention – they thrive on human contact and like their relative in the Cocker Spaniel they prefer being part of the family’s social outings to being left alone in the yard all day. Although they could be to some extent unsuitable in some multiple pet households, if you are capable of meeting their high demands for physical and mental stimulation then the English Springer Spaniel could be the ideal dog breed for you.
- Friendly, Playful, Obedient
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 27 of 191
- Height: 20 inches (male), 19 inches (female)
- Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
- Group: Sporting Group