AKC PuppyFinder: English Springer Spaniel Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Friendly, playful, obedient at home; hardworking and steady in the field
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Built for long days as hunters’ companions, Springers need regular exercise for optimum mental and physical health
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 20 inches (male), 19 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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If you've ever wondered about the differences among various Spaniel breeds, it's interesting to note that the English Springer Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel were originally from the same litter. Unlike the small Cocker Spaniel, which hunted woodcocks, the larger Springer Spaniel was used to flush out, or "spring" game. The two became distinct breeds in the early 1900's. Your English Springer Spaniel puppy will be an affectionate, cheerful addition to the family. He's eager to please and happy to be wherever you are. He'll thrive on brisk daily exercise and dog sports, like agility.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1910

Breed History & Job Description: 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 17th century 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.”

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English Springer Spaniels are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Most hereditary disorders are not life threatening and can be managed. However, some can cause pain and suffering to the dog and expense and emotional distress to the owner. Even the best breeding program and the soundest breeding stock can produce dogs with hereditary disorders or health problems. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of English Springer Spaniels are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • PFK Disorder DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.essfta.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 26
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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