Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted March 22, 2014
My Springer was a great addition to my home. He is the most loving, friendly dog I have had since I was a small child. He will play with both my Rat Terrier and my Beagle mix, but know that he cannot play with the little dog the same way he plays with the bigger Beagle mix. He is much more gentle with the Rat Terrier and would play with both of them all day.
Springers can be great hunting dogs if you take the time to train them to do so. They also should be somewhere where they can run and get exercise. If they are exercised properly, one should never have a problem with them paying attention, obeying commands, and the like. Obviously, they would not be happy in a small apartment in a big city somewhere, but they love being outside, even when there is snow on the ground.
Springers are great with kids, too. If one of these dogs grow up with your kids, I am fairly sure that no stranger would get near your kids without you knowing about it. I don't think a Springer would ever attack anyone or anything, but they will let you know by barking or making some commotion, that they are not comfortable with the presence of someone unknown.
Overall, I think Springers are one of the best dogs for families, for people who like to hunt, and for those who have the space for them to run and the time to groom them.