Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Greater London, United Kingdom
Posted May 19, 2016
Oscar wasn't my dog, but belonged to my other half's family. He was a gorgeous boy, so soft and playful, but I would like to talk a little about the negatives.
Springers are a fantastic breed. They're loyal, protective, adore being put to work, and can be very clever. Problems arise when these dogs, as in Oscar's case, are kept as an indoor family dog and don't have clear boundaries set.
Without a task to do, Oscar would get bored and use his excess energy to get into mischief. His favourite trick would be the bait and switch, he would distract the family by breaking, dirtying, or generally mistreating something, growl on approach so that he would be offered a treat to drop what he'd found (which only reinforces the behaviour), and dash off to go and steal something else while the target was occupied. He's pictured here with a knife in his mouth, because he knows full well that it would get a big reaction.
They are also a very active breed, which unfortunately tend to suffer from leg problems later in life, as Oscar did.
Springer Spaniels do excellently when they have opportunity to use up all their energy daily, they can run and play for hours, and are well suited to work such as hunting, retrieving, and are often a favoured breed for police forces. Without that, however, they become troublesome pets with too much enthusiasm for their own good!