Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Springer Spaniel; ESS
The very name "Springer" is full of energy, and the English Springer Spaniel is an energetic-- some would even say rambunctious-- breed for athletic owners who have time to spend with their dog. Developed to hunt birds, Springers were named for their characteristic leap to flush birds from hiding.
In the 1880s, whether a Spaniel was a Springer or a Cocker was simply a matter of size, with anything over 28 pounds being classified as a Springer. By 1902, the Kennel Club (UK) recognized that they had diverged into separate breeds. This Springer is a highly regarded hunting dog that can go all day and is willing to plunge into icy water in pursuit of its prey. Because the ESS clearly enjoys working with its human companion, it can also make a superior pet for the active owner.
But there's a but. If you don't have time to exercise and work with this active breed, the dog may become clingy or destructive. Since they do enjoy splashing through water, they can also demonstrate a real talent for tracking mud through this house. The same traits that make the English Springer a superior choice for the hunter can make it a little too much for quieter households.
Appearance / health:
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog. The head is clean, refined, and strong with no trace of heaviness. The eyes are of medium size and oval in shape, set rather well apart and fairly deep in their sockets. The color of the iris harmonizes with the color of the coat, preferably dark hazel in the liver and white dogs and black or deep brown in the black and white dogs. The ears are long and droopy. The fairly broad skull is flat on top, slightly rounded at the sides and back, and of the same length as the muzzle. The neck is moderately long and muscular.
They are moderate shedders that shed continuously. Daily brushing may be necessary to keep the coat in good shape. Bathing and shampooing is done only when necessary. The ears need to be cleaned to prevent infections.
They require moderate amounts of exercise. Games, walking, and running keep the Springer in excellent shape. A tired Springer is also less likely to indulge in destructive behavior.
Some Springers can suffer from a neurological disease called fucosidosis, which affects the nervous system. Ear infections are a possibility owing to their long ears. In general, buyers should only buy puppies from responsible breeders who have tested for eye problems, hip dysplasia and diseases like fucosidosis.
Behavior / temperament:
Springers are tireless hunting dogs who love chasing smaller animals. They love to run around. Training needs to be patient and firm, taking into account the unique personalities of Springer Spaniels. Springers work best with rewards. Early socialization is extremely important with this breed. Early obedience class produces a wonderful pet and brings out the best in this breed.
They bark often though they are not that noisy.
intelligent, sweetest dogs, perfect family dogs, sociable, Joyful Springer, gentle demeanor
naughty puppy behaviour, high activity levels, toilet training issues, mental stimulation, hyperactivity
perfect hikingwalking pals, Trial Working Champions, trainable dogs, excellent swimmers, gun dog classes
A duck hunter in another life
It is a shame that Brady's owner isn't a hunter because he has a knack for chasing things down! As a puppy he would chase birds along the beach for a mile before turning around and coming back. Now Brady is three and a half years old and loves his toys more than anything in the world. He lives for playing fetch and tug-of-war with his brothers. My father and I marvel every night at the amount of energy he expends as we wear him out before bed. Brady is an extremely loyal dog to his family but wasn't socialized enough as a puppy. He is not the best around other dogs and is iffy around kids and even adults he doesn't recognize. Make sure you get your dog out there to meet and greet, both with other dogs and humans, while it's young! My biggest regret is not taking him to training diligently, because he would be a near-perfect dog otherwise. .
From JoeLoubier Apr 4 2017 8:37PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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