Springers divide into the English and Welsh variety. English Springer Spaniels were formerly known as the Norfolk Spaniel but became adopted as all English around 1902. The name ‘springer’ derives from the fact that we were used to flush birds into the air from cover so they would spring upwards and thus be in range of the shooters. Our long-legged build makes us among the fastest of the spaniels.
What do I look like?
We’re a compact and racy dog of symmetrical build that stands high on the leg. We’re pretty medium across the board from our skull to our body and legs. Our coat is long and dense but also tough and weather-resistant. We have a lot of feathering on our ears, legs, belly and hindquarters. Our ears are a particular feature – long flat and lobe shaped, with feathering that often looks matted. We have almond shaped eyes, hazel in colour and reflecting our kindness and alertness. We are similar to the English Cocker Spaniel and at first glance the only major difference is their smaller size. However we also tend to have shorter, and higher-set ears than Cockers, a longer muzzle, eyes not as prominent and a less abundant coat. The major differentiator between the Welsh Springer and the English Springer is that the Welsh has more limited colours and tends to be slightly smaller.
What do I need from you?
We have exceptional stamina and need moderate amounts of activity to focus our mind and provide exercise. If left alone for too long, we can become destructive and mischievous through boredom. We love water and tend to get wet whenever we have the chance. As with most spaniels and floppy eared dogs, we are prone to ear infections. Treatment can including cleaning the ear canal weekly with a solution that will leave the ear in an acidic state to retard the growth of yeast and bacteria. It’s not much fun but we will thank you for it. We tend to gain weight easily so you will need to be careful not to overfeed us sadly.
What I will give in return
We’re a sociable breed and enjoy the company of children and other pets. If you see us out and about then you’ll surely know how lively we can be. Typically we’re covered in mud or dripping in water, which at any time we may spray all over you. But that’s just our way – we’re an energetic bag of fun and life. You will come to love us for this I promise!
How big will I get?
Springer Spaniels grow to around 20in (51cm) and weigh about 47lg (21kg).
How long should I be around for?
Springer Spaniel lifespan is 12 to 14 years.
How big is our litter?
Anything from 4 to 10 puppies with 5-6 being normal.
Both George Bush and George W. own Springer Spaniels, but don’t let that put you off! Oh and Oprah Winfrey, Queen of the chat show.
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