The English Springer Spaniel was originally bred for flushing, the use of noise and movement, whilst hunting and retrieving game and is a breed of gun dog. Dating back to the mid nineteenth century the breed descended from the Norfolk or Shropshire Spaniel.
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium sized breed of dog, with an average lifespan of 12-14 years. They are affectionate and excitable with a gentle expression and a wagging tail.
There are 2 types of English Springer Spaniels bred, the field-bred dog and the show-bred dog. The field bred tends to have a shorter, coarse coat than the show bred which tends to have a longer coat.
These dogs like to obey and are eager to please with a friendly nature, which makes them a good breed of Spaniel to be used as a hunting companion. They are alert and have an attentive nature. They are a sociable breed and tend to get on well with children and other pets, however, due to their hunting nature they may not get on well with cats. They absolutely love swimming and will do so at a moments notice.
Common problems for an English Springer Spaniel include hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (a degeneration of the retina which can cause loss of vision and cause blindness) as well as elbow dysplasia. Due to their floppy ears they can also be prone to ear infections which may lead to them needing antibiotics and daily cleaning of their ear canals. English Springer Spaniels may also be prone to allergies and autoimmune diseases and can be susceptible to eye problems such as curling inward and outward eyelashes.
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