The Friendly
English Springer Spaniel

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English Springer Spaniel
Weight: 40 — 50 lbs
Height: 18” — 21”
AKC Rank 2008 #27
Lifespan: 10—14 yrs
Group Sporting
Origin England

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Dog Breed Info - English Springer Spaniel

Breed Overview

Origin 1800’s. Original function: Bird flushing and retrieving. Today, bird flushing, retrieving.Colors: Black or liver with white, black or tricolor, black or liver tricolor with tan markings, also white with black and liver markings.

The American Spaniel Club was formed and began separation of the Springer and Cocker sizes. After separation, the Springer continued to thrive. It has remained popular with hunters demanding a versatile gundog that ranges fast and far and that also can flush and retrieve. The English Springer Spaniel gets the name from the way it hunts game. The dog suddenly “springs” foreword and surprises the game, thus catching it off guard.

The English Springer Spaniel remains a favorite even today, both in the field and as a household pet. The dog is good with children, likes people and is the perfect family pet, always ready for a family outing.

The very sweet English Springer Spaniel
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Yes. Intelligent and eager to learn, especially hunting skills. Use clicker training and positive reinforcement for great results. Dogs love this method of training.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your English Springer Spaniel? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The English Springer Spaniel is fairly easy to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

English Springer Spaniel on the point.
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The English Springer Spaniel is cheerful, playful and energetic, always ready for a day in the field and an evening by the fireplace. This dog does everything with gusto and can become overly enthusiastic unless given plenty of exercise. Allowed the exercise, the breed is exceptionally kind, gentle, polite and a real companion for the family. The typical Springer Spaniel is an ideal dog for first time owners.

If you happen to get a dog with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Generally gets along with most dogs.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Yes. Quite adaptable. The Springer Spaniel can live in a multi animal household very well.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Yes, friendly dog, generally. NOTE: This breed nerds to be well socialized as a puppy, something to check on when purchasing one.


Very playful, even rambunctious at times.


Very. The English Springer Spaniel is one of the most affectionate breeds.

Good with children

Great with older kids, 6 and up, especially for outdoor kids who run a lot. This is a great, lovable playmate.

Good with Seniors over 65?

Yes, AS LONG AS the senior can walk enough to satisfy the English Springer Spaniel's needs. (I know several seniors in their 80’s who jog together 2 miles everyday!) This is a great companion dog with plenty of affection. If longevity is a problem, go for a Springer Spaniel Rescue group and pick out a pre-owned dog.

English Springer Spaniel in a big rush.
Only 1 paw is touching the ground. He's moving fast!

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Living environment

Apartment is okay IF the dog can get outside for plenty of exercise.The farm is ideal for this dog to run and hunt and roam. This breed can not be confined for very long.

A medium to large fenced backyard would allow the English Springer Spaniel to chase balls and play lively games of fetch. This would be ideal.

Energy level

Fairly energetic. Used to running in the fields after game.

Exercise needs, daily

Needs lots of exercise. On a scale of 10, this dog in an 8. Two long walks daily are a must.


Will usually bark when strangers approach, especially the male.

Guard dog

No. The English Springer Spaniel is too friendly.




Yes. Long dense coat must be combed and brushed at least three times a week so the hair does not tangle and mat. Use a stiff bristle brush from the pet store.

The long floppy ears must be cleaned out regularly.



Suggested Reading For The English Springer Spaniel
Click on the cover photo for more book information.

The book at the lower left teaches you how to train your retriever to be a therapy dog with the best manners possible!

The book at the lower right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog illness, emergencies and injuries. It's a valuable reference manual for all dog owners.


Springer Spaniel Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for English Springer Spaniel puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training.
English Springer Spaniel Breeders with puppies for sale.

Springer Spaniel Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of a Spaniel and are looking for a Springer Spaniel Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Springer Spaniel Rescue - (Nationwide) Inquire about prior dog health issues with the dog you are considering adopting.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site that may give you some ideas. Also, do some surfing for more Springer Spaniel rescue groups and look into any local dog kennels you may have.


Here's a site you might enjoy that we recommend:

  • Love-Springer-Spaniels -- dedicated to all things Springer
    A site dedicated to all versions of Springer Spaniels. Guides to their temperaments, how to integrate them into your family as well as advice on adoption, choosing your Springer, Health care, Nutrition, Grooming and training. Not to forget the image Galleries and the Springer blog.


Dog Health Issues For English Springer Spaniels
Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the Springer Spaniel by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

Other problems could occur with your English Springer Spaniel. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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