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English Springer Spaniel

Breed origin: Spain
Original purpose: Hunting dog.

AKC recognized: 1910
AKC group: Sporting

Size: 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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Color: 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.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Protective? No

OK in apartments? Possible if given enough exercise.

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Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, hunting

Exercise requirement: Daily exercise and mental stimulation required.

Grooming requirement: 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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Recommended books for further reading:

English Springer Spaniel (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Haja Van Wessem
Published in 2003
158 pages

The English Springer Spaniel
By Tammy Gagne
Published in 2009
207 pages

The English Springer Spaniel (An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet)
By Carol Callahan and Don Callahan
Published in 1996
158 pages

English Springer Spaniel
By Anne Hutchinson and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2005
96 pages

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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

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