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Breeds

Breed Name: English Springer Spaniel


History

With field hunting trials being held in the early 1900s for the first time ever, the English Springer Spaniel was more than ready to showcase their talent. What many people may not know about this breed is that the English Springer Spaniel is responsible for the existence of the Clumber Spaniel, The Sussex Spaniel, Welsh Springer and the Irish Water Spaniel. This breed is an excellent hunting partner as well as family companion. There are two types of English Springer Spaniels; Bench Type and Field Type. Bench type are typically for showing and better as just companions, as Field Type English Springer Spaniels have more energy and are bred for being in the field and hunting outdoors.

Appearance

This is a medium sized breed with males and females measuring 18-21 inches in height and weighing 45-55 pounds in weight. This breed has a very rounded head with two large oblong ears that fall gently along side of their face. Their muzzle is very rectangular and comes to a stop with a large nose at the end that is available in liver or black in color. Their eyes are oval in shape and dark brown to black in color. This breed typically has a docked tail. Their coat is medium in length with feathering on ears and legs. This breed is available in liver and white, black and white, mostly black with white markings or tricolor.

Temperament

This breed is extremely loving, fun, gentle and loyal. Wonderful family companions with children of all ages, as well as adult only households. If you are looking to add an English Springer Spaniel to your household that will not be hunting, it is highly recommended that you add a Bench English Springer Spaniel to your home as their energy levels are lower, (still active), and their lineage is specifically for showing, instead of being bred from active hunting adult dogs. Vise versa if you are looking for an excellent hunting partner; in this case you should add a Field Springer Spaniel to your home. In general this breed is very sensitive to tone and volume of the human voice; when training, be mindful of using positive reinforcement training methods only, and to never yell or be aggressive with tone of voice. The English Springer Spaniel will become very stubborn and spiteful when they feel they are being spoken to harshly. This breed is generally very well behaved, wonderful with children, friendly, loving and responsive to training. When daily walks and exercise aren't being provided, this breed will start to develop bad behavior such as barking and becoming destructive due to being frustrated.

Grooming

Daily brushing and attention for any mats or leaves and sticks within their coat when coming in from outdoors. Bathing when needed. A visit to a professional groomers is recommended at least twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about this breed and possible health issues prior to adding one to your household. Do not add one to your family unless you are able to provide physical and financial care life long for your new dog. A properly fenced in area is highly recommended for the safety and well being of your dog while outdoors and the ability to roam freely. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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