The English Springer Spaniel

Friendly and happy disposition

8,638 puppies registered last year

Health

Lifespan: Over 10 years
4 health tests mandatoty, 2 health tests strongly recommended
+ DETAILED HEALTH INFO

Size

Medium
Approximate Height 51cms

Energy

Very active
Needs exercising  More than 2 hrs per day

Character

Eager to please

Coat

Medium length
Sheds seasonally
Groom more than once a week

Is a English Springer Spaniel right for you?

The English Springer Spaniel is part of the Gundog group who are often particularly affectionate dogs, having originally been bred to be co-operative and respond to human commands. The oldest of the sporting gundogs, it's name is derived from the original practice of 'springing' forward to flush game into nets.

Today English Springer Spaniels are the most popular of the spaniels for working in the field, and are the fifth most popular pedigree breed registered with the Kennel Club, with over 8,500 puppies registered annually.

When searching for the perfect puppy, it is worth noting that two distinct strains for this breed exist - the 'show' type, and the 'working' type. They differ in both appearance and temperament, and it is important to match the characteristics with your requirements. The show type tend to be a little larger and more stocky than the working type with slightly longer, more feathered ears. The working type are generally lighter with a higher ear carriage and are bred for their working ability thus often tend to have increased energy and stamina. In addition to being used as gundogs in the field, many working springers are also used in the emergency services and armed forces.

Any reputable breeder will be able to tell you which strain their puppies are from, and it will also be displayed on the pedigree certificate. Any dogs with FTCh at the start of their name are working strain (Field Trial Champions), and any with SHCh are show strain (Show Champions). It is also possible to have one parent as a show type and one parent as a working type as ultimately they are all the same breed - English Springer Spaniel.

SPRINGER SPANIELS IN ACTION

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THE DIFFERENT TYPES

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The Show Type

Bred to conform to the Kennel Club breed standard, these are the dogs you will find at dog shows such as Crufts. 
SHOW PUPPY GALLERY
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The  working Type

Bred to maximise their ability to work as a gundog in the shooting field and other country pursuits.    
WORKING PUPPY GALLERY

English Springer Spaniel COLOURS

There are currently 4 different colours recognised by the Kennel Club in the breed standard for Springer Spaniels. Liver and White (this is the most common), Black and White, and either of these with tan markings.
EXAMPLES OF COLOURS FROM THE BREED STANDARD
Liver & White
Black & White
Black White & Tan
Liver White & Tan

Where to find more information

BREED CLUBS

Breed clubs are run by enthusiasts with a wealth of information and knowledge about their breeds. They can advise you on all aspects of owning their breed of dog, both the positives and the challenges, so if you want to know more about a breed, please do get in touch with them.

A full list of all the breed clubs can be found on the Kennel Club website, and a link to the national breed club can be found below.
VISIT THE English Springer Spaniel BREED CLUB

English Springer Spaniel OWNERS

Life with English Springer Spaniels as captured by their owners.
 Many owners document their dogs lives on Instagram - click on the image to view the Instagram page.

Find a reputable English Springer Spaniel breeder

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Our breeder showcase highlights some of the best English Springer Spaniel breeders in the UK. If you are interested in finding a English Springer Spaniel puppy to be part of your family, please visit the breeder pages and get in touch with them today - remember, popular breeders will often have long waiting lists for their puppies.
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