Dog Breed

English Springer Spaniel

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Full Name
English Springer Spaniel
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Life Span
12 - 14 years
Weight
35 - 50 pounds
Description

The English Springer Spaniel is affectionate, cheerful, alert, intelligent, attentive, and active. They make a great hunting dog, but also a family companion. They are surprisingly athletic, and love to retrieve- whether while working during a hunt, or simply after a ball in the park. English Sprinter Spaniels are gentle, and playful, and are excellent with children.

Origin
England
Bred For
Bird flushing, retrieving
Attachments
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the English Springer Spaniel good with children?

    Yes! The English Springer Spaniel is naturally friendly with children. As always, socialization is always important, but the English Springer Spaniel is an excellent dog for anyone with small children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the English Springer Spaniel friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the English Springer Spaniel is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the English Springer Spaniel is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the English Springer Spaniel friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the English Springer Spaniel is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the English Springer Spaniel is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the English Springer Spaniel like to cuddle?

    The English Springer Spaniel appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!
    Playfulness

    Does the English Springer Spaniel like to play?

    The English Springer Spaniel will almost always be ready for play! The English Springer Spaniel is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the English Springer Spaniel make a good service dog?

    The English Springer Spaniel is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the English Springer Spaniel good for first-time owners?

    The English Springer Spaniel is a good breed for first-time owners. A good fit for first-time owners are friendly breeds that are motivated to please their owner. This means they can be trained, and are rarely aggressive and overpowering.
    Training Potential

    How well can the English Springer Spaniel be trained?

    The English Springer Spaniel can be trained very well. With discipline and a routine training program the English Springer Spaniel can be incredibly well-trained.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the English Springer Spaniel shed a lot?

    The English Springer Spaniel is an average shedder. English Springer Spaniel owners will probably still tell you it's a lot of shedding, but certain breeds shed even more.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the English Springer Spaniel easy to groom?

    The English Springer Spaniel requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your English Springer Spaniel to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a English Springer Spaniel on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the English Springer Spaniel need a lot of exercise?

    The English Springer Spaniel requires an average amount of exercise. You should be ready to dedicate a couple of short walks or a larger dog park session each day for your English Springer Spaniel to be happy and fulfilled.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the English Springer Spaniel?

    The English Springer Spaniel has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the English Springer Spaniel bark? Does the English Springer Spaniel bark too much?

    The English Springer Spaniel barks an average amount. It can vary widely between English Springer Spaniels - some may be much more expressive than others.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the English Springer Spaniel a good guard dog?

    The English Springer Spaniel is not typically used as a guard dog, although they can be alert and oftentimes notify you if there is a stranger at the door or otherwise something to be concerned over.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the English Springer Spaniel good at staying alone? Is the English Springer Spaniel independent?

    The English Springer Spaniel is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the English Springer Spaniel a good apartment dog?

    The English Springer Spaniel is not the best dog apartment living, but it can work if the owner is dedicated to exercising and training their English Springer Spaniel
    Size

    How big is the English Springer Spaniel?

    The English Springer Spaniel is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the English Springer Spaniel tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a English Springer Spaniel?

    The English Springer Spaniel can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the English Springer Spaniel tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a English Springer Spaniel?

    The English Springer Spaniel can tolerate some cold, but should not be over-exposed to cold weather. In general, they can live in cold weather climates, but may need clothing on particularly cold evenings or in snow.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the English Springer Spaniel try to run away?

    It is natural for the English Springer Spaniel to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the English Springer Spaniel a healthy dog? The health of a English Springer Spaniel should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The English Springer Spaniel is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the English Springer Spaniel?

    The English Springer Spaniel has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the English Springer Spaniel into your home. Can you give your English Springer Spaniel enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the English Springer Spaniel drool?

    The English Springer Spaniel drools an average amount- typically only after heavy exercise or if you are eating their favorite human food in front of them.
    Prey Drive

    Does the English Springer Spaniel have a large prey drive? Does the English Springer Spaniel like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The English Springer Spaniel has a very high prey drive and will naturally chase after any small animals it sees. They can co-exist with cats or other animals at the home, but we would not recommend it without supervision.
    Athleticism

    Is the English Springer Spaniel atheltic?

    The English Springer Spaniel is very athletic and would be well suited for a family that frequently works out or goes on adventures.
  1. Sporting
  2. Spaniel
  3. English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel is a purebred dog that belongs to the Spaniel sub group, which falls under the larger Sporting dog breed group.
Sporting group: Sporting dogs are the natural athletes of the dog world. They have high energy, and always look to be stimulated with some activity or challenge. These dogs thrive in the outdoors- particularly the woods and the water. Sporting dogs include the best swimming dogs, retrieving dogs, and other field activities. They have traditionally been bred to assist hunters find and retrieve birds and other smaller hunting game. Sporting dogs are not known as guard dogs, but because of their alertness and loyalty to their family, with proper training they can be good home protectors as well. Over the years they have become extremely well-rounded, so with plenty of exercise can make excellent home companions. They are willing to please their owners, so if you put the time into training and exercise you will be rewarded with an amazing dog.
Spaniel sub-group: One of the sub-groups with the greatest amount of dog breeds is the Spaniel, there are 15 spaniel breeds recognized by the AKC! Spaniels are "flushing" dogs that not only can retrieve game, but can swim, dig, and find the game in all types of habitat. The breeds of spaniel have been bred more specifically for one type of hunting vs. another, but over the years they have also become excellent home companions. Spaniels all have a distinct "spaniel" look with floppy ears and beautiful curly hair, but each has its own variety both in size and color. Spaniels always seem to be happy and can brighten every day. They are an excellent choice for a first time dog owner.

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