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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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English Springer Spaniel Temperament, Personality and Breed Guide

english springer spaniel

English Springer Spaniel Temperament  

The typical English Springer has a happy go-lucky and eager to please personality. They are friendly, sociable, playful, and gentle which makes them an excellent family dog. They are extremely intelligent and can learn very quickly.

English Springer Spaniels are very comical and will always entertain their owners when playing, they just love to Roll in mud, or  jump and splash around in water, chasing after birds and giving lots of slobbery kisses to anyone who wants one!

This fun and merriment is always accompanied by a permanently wagging tail, some wag so much that their whole bum goes from side to side and it is no wonder that they are one of the most popular dog breeds.

They do need company however and should not be left alone for long periods, loneliness and boredom can result  in the development  of behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, destructiveness or prolific barking.

Coat: The English Springer Spaniel's outer coat is of medium length, flat or wavy, and sometimes curly. The undercoat is short, dense, and soft. The ears, chest, legs, and belly are furnished with a moderate length of feathering.

Grooming: The grooming needed for the English Springer Spaniel depends upon which type you have. The field bred springer does not need too much grooming as they typically have a short coat and less feathering. Weekly brushing, combing, and the occasional clipping should suffice.

On the other hand, the show bred springer has a substantial amount more coat than the field bred spaniel. The coat, especially the feathering will mat if not brushed and a thorough brushing and combing session is required a few times a week.

Both field and show type springers shouldn’t be bathed too frequently as their coat will become dry and dull.

Children: The English Springer Spaniel’s outgoing temperament means they love children. Seemingly ableto inherently understand and tone down their  boisterous behaviour with toddlers. Find more great dog breeds for children here.

Protection level: They are a noisy watchdog will bark to alert you of anything new happening on his watch.

Exercise: The English Springer Spaniel will take as much exercise as you can give it. They need lots of time to run off leash and play. The English Springer Spaniel was created to stay close to his handler, so off leash walks in the woods or fields are a great form of exercise,

English Springer Spaniels  are first referenced in the late 1500’s ( pre-shotguns) as a type of land spaniel that would flush or spring game  out of the undergrowth into nets or to be chased by greyhounds or falcons. Around 1800, distinct strains of springers began to emerge, and one of the best known one was the Duke of Norfolk's own Norfolk Spaniel which was renamed English springer in 1900.

The matter is further complicated by the fact that larger Springers and smaller Cockers were considered to be the same breed.  Only in 1902 did the English Kennel Club recognize the Springer as a distinct breed.

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The English Springer Spaniel Temperament is Active, Enthusiastic, Happy and Friendly   

English Springer Spaniel Information And Breed Notes

Life Span: 12 - 14 years.

Litter Size: 5 - 7 puppies.

Group: Sporting

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Color: Liver and white; black and white; either of those combinations with tan markings on the eyebrows, cheeks, inside of the ears, and under the tail; and blue or liver roan. The white portions of the coat can be ticked or freckled. Field dogs are typically dominantly white, whereas show dogs are dominantly liver or black.

Hair Length: Medium

Size: Medium

Shedding: Moderate Shed

Male Height: 19-21 inches tall

Male Weight: 45-55 pounds

Female Height: 18-20 inches tall.

Female Weight: 40-50 pounds

Comparable Breeds

English Cocker spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

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Most enjoy a long swim and retrieving games. They need more than the average leash walk around the block to keep them satisfied. Hunting, agility, tracking and obedience are popular sports among the springer breed. It is is very important to keep them physically, as well as mentally stimulated.

If not exercised enough, the Springer Spaniel will gain weight, become bored and sometimes destructive. The dogs some people describe as "hyper" are usually just not being exercised properly.

Health  The English Springer is prone to a few genetic defects. Among those include:

• Hip dysplasia, an abnormality of the hip joints

• Progressive Retinal Atrophy or PRA, a disorder causing blindness

• Retinal dysplasia, a malformation of the retina

• Epilepsy, a disease causing seizures

• Phosphofructokinase deficiency (PFK), a blood disorder. PFK is more common in European lines than American lines.

Springers are also prone to Ear infections because of their floppy ears. The air is not always able to circulate properly, causing a build up of bacteria or yeast. Allergies to food and environment are not common but do show up in the breed.

This breed tends to gain weight easily, so obesity is another common Health issue. Obesity can lead to broken bones, diabetes, and can even shorten your pet's life.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Ideal English Springer Spaniel Owner's have  boundless energy! this dog has extremely high energy levels. Also an owner should be willing to engage in high levels of grooming .Not for the house proud! Springers are mud magnets and your home will get messy .

 As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club