English Springer Spaniel Dog Breed Information
A member of the Sporting dog group, the English Springer Spaniel is the American Kennel Club’s 26th most popular dog breed. That’s no surprise because this breed is known for obedience, friendliness, and playfulness. If you’re adding a pup to your pack, here’s what you need to know about English Springer Spaniels.
A Little History
The English Springer Spaniel’s heritage dates back to the 14th century. The Duke of Norfolk began setting breed standards for them in the 17th century under the name Norfolk Spaniels. Eventually, the breed became known as the Springer Spaniel, and in 1902 it was formally recognized by the English Kennel Club as a distinct breed. With many similarities to their Cocker Spaniel cousins, the English Springer Spaniel is beloved by hunters and dog show handlers alike. Today, English Springer Spaniels are established as excellent show dogs, hunters, and household pets.
What are English Springer Spaniels Like?
A bit longer than they are tall, these Spaniels are medium-sized dogs. Known for the big, floppy ears, the show-bred variety tends to maintain a fuller coat and have larger bones than those bred for hunting. Their long, powerful legs make them durable hunters, while their ever-alert expression is also kind and endearing. They weigh between 40 and 50 pounds, standing around 20 inches tall. Their coats can have one, two, or three colors, including white, black, and tan.
A very social dog, this breed is known to be cheery and playful. English Springer Spaniels love to be active, and are excited to do just about anything with their families. Because they are so athletic and energetic, exercise helps to maintain their good behavior. Experts describe the English Springer Spaniel as people pleasers with a high capacity for training.
Caring for English Springer Spaniels
While English Springer Spaniels are great outdoors, their preference is to live inside with their masters. You’ll need to brush their coats at least weekly, but an occasional bath and trim will help to maintain a radiant coat. Exercise is essential to their behavior, so it’s important to ensure their walks are long and frequent. Don’t forget to trim their nails regularly to keep their paws comfortable, and remember to brush their teeth to reduce the risk of dental disease.
Most English Springer Spaniels live between 10 and 14 years, and are prone to conditions such as elbow dysplasia, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)1. You should visit your veterinarian regularly to monitor for health concerns.
Depending upon the pedigree of the breed line, breeders may charge anywhere from about $1,500 to as much as $10,000 for an English Springer Spaniel puppy. However, most breeders charge less than $2,000. If you’re in the market, you should also budget another $1,200 for initial costs the first year (veterinary services, food, supplies). Each year after that, expect to spend around $500 on routine care.
Unfortunately with elbow and hip dysplasia, surgery is often the most effective treatment. Surgery to treat elbow dysplasia can cost between $1,500 and $4,000, while surgery to treat hip dysplasia can top $4,500. With a policy from 4Paws Insurance, pet parents can focus more on their pet’s care and worry less about the cost.
Comments from our Chief Pet Officer
English Springer Spaniel’s are sometimes just called Springer Spaniels. One of my favorite things about Springer Spaniels are their gorgeous, big brown eyes. This breed is brave, energetic and pleasant to be around. They are great companions for children and adults who will exercise them daily. They love water and are natural fowl hunters, so if you have birds in your home, you may want to select another breed. They require a calm environment with a commanding owner that can give consistent discipline.