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English Springer Spaniel
Breed origin: Spain
Original purpose: Hunting dog.
AKC recognized: 1910
AKC group: Sporting
Weight: males 50 to 55 lbs;
females 35 to 45 lbs
Size: Height: males 18 to 20 inches;
females 17 to 19 inches
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Black or liver with white markings or predominantly white with black or liver markings; blue or liver roan; tr-icolor: black and white or liver and white with tan markings. Any white portion of the coat may be flecked with ticking.
The English Springer Spaniel is friendly, cheerful, affectionate, energetic, eager to please, attentive, alert, and quick to learn. Springers are excellent working dogs and at the same time great family dogs. However, some are not suitable for families with pet birds due to their instinct as a bird dog. They are generally fine with cats or other pets. Field-bred English Springer Spaniels look so dramatically different from show-bred ones that they appear to be different breeds, although they are registered together as the same breed.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
OK in apartments?
Possible if given enough exercise.
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, hunting
Daily exercise and mental stimulation required.
Moderate shedders, they require regular grooming and trimming to prevent mats. Some English Springer Spaniels are prone to ear infections and will need to have their ear canals cleaned weekly and their hair kept trimmed around the ears. Field-bred Springers tend to have shorter hair and require less grooming.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, allergies, ear infections, phosphofructokinase (PFK) deficiency, autoimmune diseases.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
Wikipedia breed information page
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Rescue