Facts about English Springer Spaniel Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for English Springer Spaniel puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

This is the oldest and largest of all English spaniel breeds and is closely related to the Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel.

The breed was developed as a hunting dog to "spring" and flush the game birds into air.

Some of its many talents include tracking, hunting, retrieving and competitive agility and obedience.

The English Springer Spaniel was recognized as a distinct breed in Great Britain in 1902 and was first imported to the U.S. in the 1920s.

Today, the breed continues to be used as a hunter but is also popular as a companion dog.

Physical Characteristics of English Springer Spaniel Puppies

This is a medium-size dog with a broad head that is almost as long as its neck, dark oval eyes and a brown or black nose. The tail is usually docked and constantly wagging. Like all spaniels, it has long drop ears.

It has a medium-length silky coat that can be straight or wavy. The hair is short on the head but fully-feathered on ears, chest and legs.

The coat comes in blue or liver roan, liver and white, and black and white. Black and white or liver and white may also come with tan markings. There are also "freckles" on the muzzle.

    Height Weight
  Male 19 to 20 inches 45 to 50 pounds
  Female 18 to 19 inches 40 to 45 pounds


The Springer is an intelligent, friendly, affectionate and easy-going dog with gentle personality, making him an ideal family dog. Its friendliness extends not only to the people it knows but to strangers too.

These dogs enjoy human company and will do best when they spend a lot of time with their families. When left alone for extended periods of time, they may resort to a lot of destructive behaviors.

Though it's good with children, an English Springer Spaniel may be too energetic for small children.

It gets along well with other animals, with the exception of birds - blame it on the genes!

Best Owner / Living Conditions

The English Springer Spaniel is very adaptable and while it can adjust well to an apartment lifestyle, it will do best with an active owner in a suburban environment.

Some English Springer Spaniel breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

An English Springer Spaniel is a very active dog.

Provide him with plenty of exercise, including running off leash in a safe place.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.

At a minimum, take him for one or two long walks every day.


The breed is an average shedder. Whether you leave the coat long or clip it to medium length, I recommend regular combing and brushing to prevent matting and tangles.

Those long ears need to be checked for any signs of infection and cleaned of excess wax buildup.

Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the English Springer Spaniel is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include hip dysplasia, PRA, and epilepsy. The breed is also prone to excessive weight gain. Do not over feed your pet.

To learn more about dog diseases and health care, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable English Springer Spaniel breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for an English Springer Spaniel puppy is between 12 and 14 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local English Springer Spaniel rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this English Springer Spaniel Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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