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
Fun Family Dog!
Riley was a combination stray and rescue. We had met her before adopting her and had actually offered the owner that we would take her. The current owner was struggling with some issues and Riley was not being taken care of well. When we got her she was timid, distrustful and very pregnant! But she loved my ten year old son and they bonded over tennis balls. Riley LOVES to play ball. She has that classic spaniel fetch drive. We discovered that Springer Spaniels are extremely athletic. Twisting and catching the ball in mid-air is a walk in the park for Riley. I have an Environmental Education Center and Riley is on hand to greet kids – usually with a slobbery tennis ball in her mouth! Riley has become a very different dog then she was nine years ago. She reciprocated our love and has become a very friendly and happy dog. I recommend Springers for families with young children. Springers definitely are a dog that needs a fenced in yard or farm that gives them ample room to run around. They will also love to go on family trips to the park, hikes and other outings. Play is very important and they do best with an active owner. Riley is now ten years old and still has to have ball time every day. Springers have long hair which needs brushing otherwise it gets matted. Our Riley is a farm dog and I will admit to letting her go swimming in the pond. I can attest that Springers do smell when they are wet! If you are the neat and tidy type this may not be the breed for you..
From Ame Vanorio Aug 29 2018 9:00PM
Exercise promotes quality of life
I have five dogs currently, all but one is over the age of ten! As my dogs age, I think about their quality of life. Even though they are not as fast or strong as they once were, they still benefit from ample time outside. Exercise promotes strong muscles and is good for the heart. But exercise also promotes mental well being. Dogs enjoy the opportunity to smell and see new things. Taking your dog for a walk gives them the opportunity to explore with their senses. This promotes both physical and mental well being. .
From Ame Vanorio 14 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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