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Meet the breed: English Springer Spaniel

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a lovable and loyal breed to add to the family, learn everything you need to know about the English Springer Spaniel.

Breed at a glance

  • Friendly
  • Playful
  • Intelligent
  • Affectionate
  • Excellent with children

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The oldest and most-established gun dog, the English Springer Spaniel made its appearance during the Renaissance when it would accompany European hunters. Once born alongside Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels were the larger of the breeds used to chase game. The English Springer Spaniel received its name because of its springing abilities. Now a popular breed in the home, this dog is known for its intelligence, tricks, affection and obedience.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Sporting Group
  • UKC group: Gun Dog
  • Average lifespan: 12 – 14 years
  • Average size: 40 – 55 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Medium length, with wave and feathering on ears, legs and face
  • Coloration: Liver and white; black and white; black, white and liver; white with blue or black markings
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Medium-sized dog, black or liver nose, oval-shaped eyes in brown to hazel color, deep chest, medium-length pendant ears, tails are typically docked and head is proportionate to body.
  • Possible alterations: Blue in color, various color combinations

Is this breed right for you?

The English Springer Spaniel is a true-blue lover of water. While it’s OK for apartment life due to its inactivity level indoors, the breed would love to have a yard to play in and a body of water to swim in. This pup loves children, is extremely loyal and very eager to please its human companion. Although this breed is OK with other animals, the English Springer Spaniel has a natural instinct to hunt for birds. Due to a longer coat, it will need regular grooming and bathing.

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A dream day-in-the-life

The loving English Springer Spaniel will wake up at the foot of its owner’s bed. Following the family downstairs, it’ll go out for a quick romp around the yard and a possible dip in the pool. After checking the home turf, it’ll mosey back inside to play with the kids. It’ll be happy with a few games, tricks and a nice walk before ending the day with its loved ones.

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