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English Springer Spaniel

Published on 6 May 2021

English springer spaniel dog sitting in a park in autumn.

Loving, loyal and affectionate, the English Springer Spaniel is a family favourite.

In 17th century England, spaniels were used to flush or “spring” birds from grass or bushes and retrieve them. During this time, a Cocker Spaniel and a Springer Spaniel could come from the same litter! Eventually the two breeds became separate. 

English Springer Spaniels are medium dogs, ranging from around 46 to 53 cm in height and weighing around 16-27 kgs. Females are typically smaller than males. They are generally black or dark brown with white markings or tricolour. Their life expectancy is around 12 to 14 years. 

There are two types of Springer Spaniel, a field or working variety and the bench or show variety. The field variety tend to be more athletic, have shorter coats and shorter ears. The show varieties have a longer coat and ears and although they are still an active dog, they are less athletic and sporty than the field variety.

Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

England 

Also known as 

Springer Spaniel  

Bred for

Hunting   

Size 

Medium; 46 to 53 cm in height, 16 to 27 kgs  

Weight range

16 to 27 kgs

Colours

Black or dark brown with white or tricolour

Life expectancy

12 to 14 years  

Coat

Medium, low shedding

Temperament 

Affectionate, energetic, gentle

Exercise requirements

High

Best suited for 

Active dog people, with time to keep them company

Apartment friendly

Better suited to larger properties 

Personality

English Springer Spaniels are affectionate and friendly, making them a popular choice with families. They love company and can become lonely and bored which can result in anxiety and destructive behaviour or barking. 

They are energetic and athletic, so daily exercise is vital to keep them happy and healthy. They may be better suited to an active household, and sports like agility. That said, apartment living may not be for the Springer Spaniel as they value having room to run and play. 

Like all dogs, early socialisation and training with other dogs, people and animals is very important to ensure good manners later in life. With roots in hunting, the Springer Spaniel may still have strong instincts when it comes to smaller animals, especially birds. Always proceed with caution when introducing dogs to other animals. 

Grooming

Springer Spaniels have a low shedding, medium length coat which requires daily brushing. Regular trips to the groomers will also help keep the coat tidier and more manageable. With large, floppy ears, regular ear cleaning is very important, particularly as Springer Spaniels commonly suffer from ear infections. Prevent parasites by ensuring your English Springer Spaniel is on flea control all year round and tick prevention if you are in a paralysis tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your English Springer Spaniel, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Make sure your pup always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

A happy stringer spaniel guarding the tennis ball.

Common health concerns 

In 2020, English Springer Spaniels most visited the vet for ear infections, skin conditions such as allergic skin disease, cancers, and tumours. The medium length coat can hide grass seeds which become buried in the skin causing abscesses, making brushing the coat to remove any debris even more important for Springer Spaniels. 

Table: The five most common reasons for an English Springer Spaniel to visit the vet from 2020. Source: PetSure claims data. 

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Ear infection$161$1,326
2Skin conditions, including allergic skin disease$223$2,513
3Cancers & tumours$444$4,357
4Traumatic accidents, including grass seed abscesses and wounds$333$2,258
5Eye conditions, including conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers$110$1,148

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

 

A red dog english spaniel breed stands in the sand in forest.

Most popular English Springer Spaniel names (PetSure data, 2020)

Most Popular names

  1. Charlie
  2. Daisy
  3. Eddie
  4. Frankie
  5. Harry 
  6. Alfie
  7. Alfred
  8. Bentley
  9. Bob
  10. Bonnie

Most popular female names  

  1. Daisy
  2. Bonnie
  3. Lola
  4. Luna
  5. Maisie
  6. Nala
  7. Pepper
  8. Willow
  9. Abbey 
  10. Arlo

Most popular male names

  1. Charlie
  2. Eddie
  3. Harry
  4. Alfie
  5. Alfred
  6. Bentley
  7. Bob
  8. Cooper
  9. Diesel
  10. Frankie

Did you know?

English Springer Spaniels have careers today with the police and customs as sniffer dogs and are also popular therapy dogs. 

Where can I get an English Springer Spaniel?

Although English Springer Spaniels are a pure breed, it may be possible to find one via a breed specific rescue organisation. You may also find a perfect big dog for you and your family at your local rescue organisation or shelter who needs a loving home. 

References

  1. American Kennel Club, English Springer Spaniel, accessed on 23/03/21
  2. The English Springer Spaniel Club, accessed on 23/03/21
  3. Wikipedia, English Springer Spaniel, accessed 23/03/21

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Kylie Mitchell

Kylie Mitchell

Veterinarian

Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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