Are you considering getting a Springer spaniel? Or are you just interested in the breed? Well this is the perfect place to start! This post is a short summary of the Springer spaniel breed characteristics from their size to how much exercise they need.
Springer spaniels were bred to aid their owners when out hunting by flushing game from the undergrowth. So, they needed to be intelligent, strong and highly trainable. They have a medium length coat meaning that they need a reasonable amount of grooming but will also shed lots! Springers come in many colours, but the standard colours are black and white, black white and tan, liver and white, and liver white and tan. They stand at 18 to 22 inches to the shoulder so are classed as a medium sized breed and have a lifespan of 10+ years.
As I mentioned above Springer spaniels need a reasonable amount of grooming because of their medium length coats. So, will need brushing more than once a week to remove tangles and the occasional bath when they get smelly. Obviously, Springers will also need their nails trimmed and teeth cleaned regularly exactly the same as all other dogs.
Because Springer spaniels were originally hunting dogs and are a spaniel, they need a LOT of exercise (2+ hours a day). But not only do they need physical exercise like walking or swimming but also mental stimulation, and lots of it. This can be done by training, which your Springer will love, or using puzzle toys.
Springer spaniels are generally a healthy breed but like all purebred dogs they are prone to some health conditions. The health conditions most common in Springer spaniels are hip dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, skin disorders, ear infections and PFK deficiency. However, all good breeders have both parents genetically tested/screened for these health conditions. This means that when you buy a puppy you know it’s got a much smaller chance of developing these problems when its older.
Known for intelligence and trainability, the Springer spaniel has a brave, playful and loving nature! They make a great family pet thanks to their eagerness to please and overall exuberant nature. Their energetic temperament requires at least a few hours of activity every day, with lots of room to run and play keeping naughty behaviour at a minimum. They will also need lots of training to learn their boundaries but are easy to train due to their intelligence and eagerness to please.
So, overall Springer spaniels are a very sweet and intelligent breed which makes them the perfect family pet! As long as you are an active family that will fulfil the exercise needs of a Springer spaniel.
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