English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel was developed in the early 16th century & was breed as a gun dog to help flush out and retriever game. The Cocker Spaniel & Springers were once the same breed. They eventually divided the two dogs by their size. The Cockers were to be under 25lbs and the Springers over 40lbs. This breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1927 and grouped as Sporting.
- Country of Origin: England
- Weight: 40 - 55 lbs
- Height: 18 - 21 inches
- Color: The English Springer Spaniel coat colors are black & white and liver & white. They can also have a variety of tan markings on their body, ears, face & eyebrows. They often have freckles on their legs & muzzle.
English Springer Spaniels are intelligent, gentle & faithful. They are enthusiastic and can learn commands very quickly. Springer Spaniels love to play in the yard with children, which makes them excellent family pets.
The English Springer Spaniel life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. For the most part, the English Springer Spaniel is sound and healthy. Here are a few genetic health concerns to watch for in this breed:
• Progressive Retinal Atrophy
• Hip Dysplasia
Their outer coat is flat or wavy & medium in length. The undercoat is short and soft to the touch. They also have feathering on their underbelly, ears & legs.
This breed requires daily brushing with a firm bristle brush. Daily brushing will help to prevent tangling & matting on the coat, especially in the areas where the coat is feathered. Bathe when necessary. Bathing too frequently could cause the coat to dull or become dry.