Personality:Friendly, playful, obedient at home; hardworking and steady in the field
Coat & Grooming:The moderately long double coat requires regular brushing; ears should be inspected routinely to prevent infection
Energy Level:Very Active; Built for long days as hunters’ companions, Springers need regular exercise for optimum mental and physical health
Meet the English Springer Spaniel
The Springer is the place where beauty and utility meet. Standing 19 to 20 inches at the shoulder, and weighing between 40 and 50 pounds, Springers are tough, well-muscled hunters. Their energy, stamina, brains, and smooth “rear drive” movement have earned them an exalted place in the realm of bird dogs. But a Springer— with his smartly marked coat, yearning spaniel expression, and long, lush ears—would be prized for good looks even if he couldn’t tell a grouse from a mouse.
What's Their Story?
Like many other spaniels, Springers were first bred to work on game birds alongside hunters with nets and falcons. When the invention of the hunting rifle in the 17thcentury revolutionized the sport, Springers began their careers as gundogs. Their job is to detect birds in high grass or bramble, flush or “spring” the birds from their cover (hence the name Springer), then point and retrieve the downed bird. Over the years, the breed has diverged into “show lines” and “field lines.”
Springers are sweet-faced, loveable companions. Bred to work closely with humans, they are highly trainable people-pleasers. Springers crave company and are miserable if neglected. Polite dogs, Springers are good with kids and their fellow mammals. They’re eager to join in any family activity. Long walks, games of chase and fetch, and swimming are favorite pastimes of these rugged spaniels. Sportsmen cherish the famous duality of field Springers: handsome, well-mannered housedogs during the week, and trusty hunting buddies on weekends.