English Springer Spaniel
25 kg (approx)
12-14 years (approx)
Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry and active, and the highest on the leg of all the land spaniels. When he looks at you he should have a kind, gentle expression.
He has a very moderate-length coat, soft and luxurious, easy to manage. Colour varies. Liver/white, black/white, liver/white/tan or black/white/tan.
The Springer breed is of ancient and pure origins. He is the oldest of sporting gundogs: the original purpose was finding and springing game for the net, falcon, or greyhound. The ESS is the tallest of all land Spaniels. Of late he is used to finding, flushing, and retrieving games for fun, but more importantly, he is highly regarded and enjoyed as a beautiful and loyal family companion.
The typical Springer is a friendly and happy dog, eager to please, quick to learn, and also willing to obey. Timidity or aggression is highly undesirable. His natural quickness and intelligence make him particularly amenable to training as he has a great desire to please the one who loves him, always being alert and eager.
His loyalty and sweet disposition make him an understanding and patient companion for adults and children alike. He is a cheerful fellow, always interested in what is going on around him and curious to start any expedition that you may venture on with his tail wagging merrily signaling his excitement. You only have to get your coat from the cupboard to stir up a riot.
Your Springer will require some regular grooming to keep him looking his best. Most Springer's enjoy regular baths, remember, regular bathing and weekly brushing will prevent dead hair from falling out onto your carpets.
Hair should be trimmed from between the feet, being mindful to keep your eyes open for grass seeds between the toes, especially during summer months. Similarly, the hair inside and around the ears needs trimming.
Apart from combing your Springer yourself, you can get him clipped at a grooming salon to keep him looking his very best.