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The English Springer Spaniel is a large,
land spaniel (versus water spaniel) whose
primary function was to "spring"
game from thick brush for sportsmen. It
descends from Spanish dogs, hence the name
"spaniel"; these dogs were brought
to Britain as early as 1570. It is the oldest
of the spaniel breeds and is considered
the forefather of all other land spaniels
with the exception of the Clumber. Despite
its long history, the English Springer Spaniel
was not officially recognized until 1902
in England, although it was exhibited there
since the 1850s under the name Norfolk Spaniel.
The breed came to North America in 1907
and since then has gained a reputation as
an excellent, all-purpose sporting dog.
The English Springer Spaniel does best in
a family that enjoys plenty of outdoor activity.
height for a English Springer Spaniel is
19 - 21" (48.3 - 48.3cm) for dogs,
18 - 20" (45.7 - 45.7cm) for bitches
English Springer Spaniels weigh 45 - 55
lbs (20.1 - 24.6 kg)
The English Springer Spaniel's straight
or moderately wavy coat is glossy and is
dense enough to provide protection against
weather and thick underbrush.
The color of the English Springer Spaniel's
coat can include blue, black or liver and
white. Regular grooming and occasional trimming
of feathering keeps the coat looking neat
English Springer Spaniel are generally friendly,
eager to please, easy to train and very
Epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic
component in English Springer Spaniels.
Check the long, close-lying ears regularly
and keep them clean in order to prevent
The English Springer Spaniel is an excellent
hunting companion that has great endurance
and is very obedient which allows him to
keep up with and please even the most demanding
AKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
ANKC: Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 8 Section 2 Flushing Dogs
KC: Sporting - Gundog Group
UKC: Gun Dog