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English Springer Spaniel

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English Springer Spaniel
origin:Spain/Great Britain
date origin:16th century
life expectancy:12 to 14 years
classification:Gundog
height:48 to 51 cm
weight:22 to 24 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Small-Medium
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History [ edit ]

The roots of the spaniels are in Spain, hence the name, but it´s believed that they were brought to England by the Romans. It was in England that this breed devoped untill it´s current appearance and the first record of a springer spaniel dates from the 16th century.

Until the 18th century, the spaniels of different sizes weren’t differentiated and it was common to see a large height range between the puppies in a litter. At that time it became established that smaller dogs would be named cockers, the medium sized ones springers and the larger ones setters. This criterion as implications in the type of prey they later became specialized in, and in their way of hunting them. The Springer actually got his name from those hunting techniques: he would “spring” or flush the birds for the hunters. The breed was recognized by that name in 1902 by the Kennel Club.

Later, in the mid-twentieth century, two branches of the breed began to diverge not only in ability but also in appearance. The ‘Show bred’ as opposed to the ‘Working bred’ has heavier bones, longer coats and ears, more docked tails and the shape of the head is actually different. The show branch is bred to be pleasant to the eye, and the “working” one is bred to be faster, with more keen sense of smell and more endurance. These two ramifications aren´t crossed and they usually work on the field or in the shows, but it´s rare to see them on both events. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

Friendly, easy-going, active and intelligent, the English Springer Spaniel makes a good pet as well as good gundog. Being young until two years old, they are playful and seem to never run tired. The Springers were bred to be working dogs, more energetic and with more endurance than the show line ones.

They don´t get along very well with other dogs, but their good with children as long their not to young. They are very devoted to the family and need a lot of attention, since they don´t like to be left alone for too long, and if so they can get destructive. They are friendly with strangers and because of that they don´t make guard dogs.
They love water and it´s usual to see them getting all wet and muddy.  

They are very adaptable dogs, good for the countryside as well for life in the city. They aren´t too active indoors and they do get well in an apartment if they get enough exercise outdoors, but the ideal situation is to have a yard to play in. For these dogs there’s no such thing as too much exercise. They love a good run, they love to fetch and swim.  
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General appearance [ edit ]

The English Springer Spaniel is the fastest spaniel on the field. Taller then the cockers, he is still a medium-sized dog reaching up to 51 cm.

They have a compact body and their weight varies between 22 to 24 Kg. The coat is straight with long feathering, and it can be black and white and liver and white; tan markings are allowed.

Slightly longer than it is tall, the working gait is emphasized by their long feathered legs. 
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Health [ edit ]

The Springer is prone to hip dysplasia, eyelid abnormalities, progressive retinal atrophy, hemophilia, and von Willebrand's disease.

The coat needs to be combed frequently to avoid mats and sticky debris. It should only be bathed when necessary. They are average shedder. 
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

Spot Fetcher was the English Springer Spaniel of President George W. Bush. She was the only dog to live in the White House twice.
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18.10
Dogfan22 said:
my daddy has one her name is Sally
10.06
Tosca said:
My Dog's Mum IS a good guard dog. She cannot see over the fence but barks if a stranger comes to either neighbour's back door. She doesn't bark at the neighbours or their family, but ANYONE else. If anyone tried to get through our gate who wasn't known she would growl and bark. She hates the window cleaner!! (He is creepy).
07.08
Chica said:
I am a Springer magnet...seriously! I will never not own a Springer. :-)
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