Acquired: Pet store
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows
Utah, United States
Posted December 10, 2012
We ventured into a pet store years ago and saw in a kennel a beautiful small puppy. An English Springer Spaniel. We spoke with the pet store owner about him and in a matter of 15 minutes knew this was our new dog. The price was quite high but we were assured that he was more than worth it. In fact, we were basically stealing from the store. We paid, and as we left my father looked down at the dog and said, "Well, I guess your name will be Took." I didn't like that name but was assured that my father felt that we had got "Took". So there it was. Took was fantastic. He was fun and loving and very energetic. This is a great dog for families from my experience. He was easily trained and very smart. They do need some attention as their ears are long and will hand in their food, so we had to brush Took's ears daily to keep them from matting up. It is common to dock their tails. Which we did not. They also have "feathers" which is the long hair that hangs from their arms and legs. That also needs attention daily or at least every few days. The English Springer Spaniel is a fun dog to have and we had so many great years with Took. Took loved carrots. At the sight of a carrot, he would take it in his lips, being very careful not to bite it, and fling it across the room for several hours before finally crunching it on down. He also did that with the blackberry bushes in the back yard. My dad couldn't figure out why all the blackberries were gone but the white inner stem was perfectly intact. We finally saw from the window that when Took went outside, he would take his lips, and very tenderly slip off the ripe Blackberry. What a character. You will have lots of activity with this breed. They love to play and run so have a bit of room and remember to walk them everyday as they are very social animals. They come in black and white and liver and white. Took was liver and white.