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English Springer Spaniel


Ancestry  | The English Springer Spaniel is thought to have originated from Spain, and  spread all over the world by the ancient Romans through their trade routes. There is a mention of this breed by Welsh settlers in 300AD;  They are also depicted in 16th and 17th-century artwork. They were used as hunting dogs to ambush fowls and gamebirds.  The smaller version would be used to hunt woodcock and often referred to as the 'Cockers', while the larger version was used to flush game and was often referred to as 'Springers'.

Later Developments  | This breed got inducted into English Kennel Club in 1903. The dog would win its first award in 1906. It was first imported to Canada in 1913 and would go on to become one of the most popular breeds within ten years after that. The Parent Club of the breed was formed in the US in 1924. These dogs are bred for their speed, style, a keen sense of smell, endurance, and working ability. This breed is ranked 28th among the 155 recognized breeds.

Traits  | This gun dog is naturally affectionate with a typical lifespan of twelve to fourteen years. The English Springer Spaniel is non-hypoallergenic, alert, cheerful, smart and attentive. The females weigh between 18 and 23kgs while the males weigh slightly more at between 20 and 25kgs. The males measure between 48 and 56cm at the withers while the females measure 46 to 51cm. They exist in a range of about six coat colors which include black & white, liver & white, and black white &tan.

Personality  | These dogs are typically friendly, obedient, quick learners and are neither aggressive nor timid.  In recent years, cases of separation anxiety have been reported in English Springer Spaniels. There have also been cases of timidity and reticence reported in the breed. This is why breeders not only check the dog for genetic disorders but also temperament. Always make sure you choose the puppies that exhibit neither overt aggressiveness or timidity and docility. This makes the dogs easier for you to train the dog into a well-adjusted adult.

Care  | These dogs are loving and loyal. They are highly adaptable and thrive best in well-tended yards. English Springer Spaniels typically enjoy the outdoors. They have completely independent and adjusted lives of their own, which is the typical nature of a as hunting dog. One to two-mile walk a day is enough to keep them in shape.  They are also ardent and enthusiastic swimmers, and enjoy time at the pool. This breed needs proper training otherwise they will turn into erratic, undisciplined dogs.


Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone
  • Wrong Dog to Leave Alone

Breed Group

  • Sporting Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat
  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Silky Coat
  • Smooth Coat
  • Soft Coat


  • Black & White
  • Black White & Tan
  • Liver & White
  • Liver White & Tan
  • White & Black
  • White & Liver


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Highly Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise
  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 17-20″
  • 21-23″

Full Grown Weight

  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!
  • Very Good for Your First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather
  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather
  • Does Well in Hot Weather
  • Tolerates Hot Weather Well

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids
  • Very Good With Kids


  • Requires Occasional Grooming
  • Requires Regular Brushing


  • Genius
  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Optional)
  • Congenital Cardiac Database (Optional) OFA Evaluation
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (Optional)
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Fucosidosis (Optional) – DNA Test
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • PFK (Optional) Phosphofructokinase Deficiency – DNA Test
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Optional)

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 12 years
  • 13 years
  • 14 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Very Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately
  • Barks or Howls Frequently