Springer spaniels are gun dogs with a huge appetite for life. Bred to flush or ‘spring’
game such as partridge, rabbit, quail and pheasant they are natural working dogs
with plenty of energy.
The spaniel is thought to have originated from Spain and been developed in England
for specific hunting activities. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a close relative as
is the cocker spaniel. Until the beginning of the 20th Century a cocker and a springer
could come from the same litter (the smaller dog would be a cocker, the larger a
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include poultry and natural meat and bone. If not exercised
sufficiently a springer spaniel can easily put on weight.
Springer Spaniel Temperament
Springer spaniels are working dogs with bundles of energy and affection. Springers
are eager to please and willing to obey which makes them ideal family pets, however,
Rage Syndrome has been associated with the Show Springer Spaniel breed.
Springer spaniels are highly intelligent and can be trained to understand a significant
number of commands. They are bigger than their immediate relatives in the spaniel
family and require moderate amounts of activity to keep them attentive and focused.
Springer spaniel Appearance
The springer spaniel is a compact and sturdy dog. The UK Kennel Club standards ideal
height is 51 cms for a male and 43-48 cms for a female. Weight from 16-25 kgs.
There are two lines of Springer spaniels the ‘Field’ or ‘Working’ springer spaniel
and the ‘Show’ springer spaniel. Both are closely related to the Cocker Spaniel and
the Welsh Springer Spaniel. Working springers tend to have flatter skulls and shorter
ears compared to the show type.
The springer spaniel can appear in a wide variety of colours and can be solid-coloured,
parti-coloured or have roan type markings.
A springer’s coat is flat and silky in texture. Its tail is well-feathered and proportionate
to body size. Historically the tail was docked to aid the working springer. The docked
tail would always be long enough to ensure a certain merry action.
Springer spaniels are hardy, sporty animals with well-developed chests and toned
muscular legs. Slightly larger than the cocker, they are endurance dogs designed
to run all day. As with cockers they retain a square jaw, slightly smaller lobular
ears, strong sleek shoulders and full eyes.
Springer Spaniel Facts
Springer Spaniel History
Springer spaniels evolved from the Land Spaniel. The Spaniel is thought to have originated
from Spain by definition.
The springer spaniel appears in English literature in works by Chaucer and Shakespeare
amongst others and is thought to have arrived in England as early as 54-55 BC. The
breed has always been used for hunting purposes, originally driving game into nets.
Springer spaniels are now commonly used by the police, military and rescue services
for their excellent sense of smell and all round agility and robustness.
Springer Spaniel Known Disorders
Springer spaniels are prone to suffer from eye disorders, heart problems and kidney