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About English Springer Spaniels

The English Springer Spaniels are lovable bird dogs of great energy, stamina, and brains. Sport hunters cherish the duality of working Springers: handsome, mannerly pets during the week, and trusty hunting buddies on weekends. Built for long days in the field, English Springer Spaniels are tough, muscular hunters standing 18 to 21 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 35 and 55 pounds. The double coat comes in several colors and patterns, the ears are long and lush, and the kindly, trusting expression of the eyes is a cherished hallmark of the breed. Springers move with a smooth, ground-covering stride. Bred to work closely with humans, Springers are highly trainable people-pleasers. They crave company and are miserable when neglected. Polite dogs, Springers are good with kids and their fellow mammals. They are eager to join in any family activity. Long walks, games of chase and fetch, and swimming are favorite pastimes of these rugged spaniels. As much as they are great hunting dogs or agility dogs they are also just as happy being a part of any active family.  

Average sizes and life
expectancy of the breed.

HEIGHT

21 inches (male)

18 inches (female)

WEIGHT

55 pounds (male)

35 pounds (female)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

12-14 years

Physical appearance

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Shedding: Medium level. the usual winter coat and spring coats will shed

Grooming: Expect regular grooming and nail trimming. As these dogs love water, and mud. 4 times a year is a good amount of grooming to be expected for hair cuts

Drooling: Average level. Not much difference than your normal lab or retriever. They don't normally drooling on a regular. 

Description of colors

Standard

Black & White

Black White & Tan

Liver & White

Liver White & Tan

Specialty

Red & White

Orange & White

Lemon & White

Black tipped sable

Red tipped sable

Roan (can be mixed will all colors)

General Health

English Springer Spaniels are generally healthy dogs, but there are several health and genetic screening considerations specific to the breed. Conditions sometimes seen in the breed include elbow and hip dysplasia and eye conditions. The Springer's ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection, and the teeth should be brushed often, using a toothpaste designed for dogs or chew toys that are specially made for cleaning teeth.

General Care

Coats & Grooming: 
Weekly brushing will help to remove dirt and loose hair and keep the Springer's coat healthy, shining, and free of mats. Any tangles can be worked out with a slicker brush or metal dog comb. The Springer can be trimmed by the owner or taken to a professional groomer for clipping and neatening-up of the coat, particularly the feet, the areas around the head and neck, and under the tail. As with all breeds, the nails should be trimmed regularly, as overly long nails can be painful to the dog and cause problems walking and running.
Exercise

While they are happiest living indoors with their human family, English Springer Spaniels enjoy outdoor activities and make great companions on long walks or hikes. With proper exercise the breed can be suitable for owners living in a small house or apartment, although a home having a large, fenced yard where the dog can run or engage in play-sessions with his people is probably ideal. Daily exercise will help keep the Springer healthy and happy. This can come in the form of long walks and play sessions. The breed also exercises mind and body by participating in obedience, tracking, agility, rally, dock diving and other activities that can be enjoyed by dog and owner
Training
Early socialization and puppy training classes are important and help to ensure that the Springer grows into a well-adjusted, well-mannered companion. Springers are lively and highly intelligent, and continued training and gentle guidance are vital. The owner should be sure to be in control at all times, because the Springer is an active and forward explorer of his environment. The Springer wants to be with his family, and undesirable behaviors can result if he is regularly left alone for long periods of time
Nutrition
Feed your Springer a high-quality dog food appropriate to the dog's age (puppy, adult, or senior) and activity level. Something Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Give table scraps sparingly, if at all, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with overly high fat content. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog's weight or diet.
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