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English Springer Spaniel

 

English Springer Spaniel

 

Description

The English Springer Spaniel was recognized as a distinct breed in the UK in the 1890s and like many working breeds, they were almost wiped out by World War II. Despite having many old gundog breeds involved in their development the Springer Spaniels were used in the 1960s to further develop the breed to its current conformation.

 

Temperament

English Springer Spaniels are said to be docile, have an independent nature, don¬ít require constant attention and overall can be describe as being happy-go-lucky who just love their family. They can be reserved with strangers, and are not as excitable as Cocker Spaniels.

 

Appearance

Height:   46-56cm  (18-21in)

Weight:   18-25kg  (40-55lb)

They are often mistaken for other breeds as it is sized between a Cocker Spaniel and a Field Spaniel and has similar distinctive features such as the silky coat and drop ears.  Colours include black, liver, or roan or any of these with tan markings. Black dogs are rare.

 

Grooming

These dogs require brushing thoroughly twice a week and their feet need to be checked and kept clean of dirt and hair between the toes.  The hair also in their ears may need removing to avoid infections.

 

Life Expectancy

12 Years

 

Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a disease of the eye, is known in the breed and Hip Dysplasia, a degenerative disease of the hip, has also been a problem. 

 

Suitability

These intelligent and affectionate dogs suit active, responsible people who have the required time to provide them with grooming and regular exercise. Basic obedience training is recommended and should be achieved without too much difficulty. Even though it has been suggested that these dogs are not very suited to city living, most owners have found that they were very adaptable.

 


This is Taitti, an active 8 year old Springer Spaniel

 

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Gundogs were all bred to assist in the hunting and retrieving of game. A few in this group include Weimaraner, Irish Water Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel to mention a few

 

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