English Springer Spaniel

Updated: July 7, 2020
English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel dog is a smart and active dog from the Spaniel family. These dogs are perfect for active families that live in a house or large apartment. English Springer Spaniels will be very loyal and affectionate with their families. If you're thinking about adopting an English Springer Spaniel, continue reading this AnimalWised breed sheet to learn everything you need to learn about this breed!

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
FCI classification
  • Group VII
Physical characteristics
  • 5-14
  • 14-18
  • 18-22
  • 22-27
  • 27-31
  • More than 31
Adult weight
  • 2-7
  • 7-22
  • 22-55
  • 55-100
  • 100-220
Life expectancy
  • 8-10
  • 10-12
  • 12-14
  • 15-20
Recommended physical activity
  • Low
  • Meidum
  • High
Recommended climate
Type of hair
  1. Origin
  2. Physical appearance
  3. Temperament
  4. Care
  5. Health


Spaniel-type dogs are believed to have originated in Spain. This is the same case for the English Springer breed. They were developed as a gun dog but are now very popular companion dogs.

In 1902, England's Kennel Club granted a special place in their Stud Book for the English Springer Spaniel, and a separate classification at their show in 1903. n 1913, an English Springer Spaniel was imported by a Canadian breeder. A little more than 10 years later, the breed had become one of the most popular breeds registered by the American Kennel Club.

Whether he's a field or show dog, however, today's English Springer is a popular breed, ranking 26th among the breeds registered by the American Kennel Club. These active and loyal dogs are perfect for families with children or active individuals.

Physical appearance

English Springer Spaniel dogs are medium sized. According to this breed's FCI sheet, their height is approximately 51 cm (20 inches) at the withers. These dogs are symmetrically built, compact and strong. Their hair is weather-resistent, straight and never coarse. The accepted colors are liver and white, black and white or either of these colors with tan markings.

This breed has medium sized eyes, almond sized and not prominent nor sunken. Usually dark hazel with a kind expression. Their ears are lobular, set in line to the eyes and fairly close to the head. They're also nicely feathered. Their neck is also nicely shaped and muscular. Their tail is set low and never carried above the level of their back. It's also nicely feathered.


The English Springer Spaniel is friendly, playful and obedient. As we've mentioned, these dogs have a history in hunting and as gun dog. This is what makes them such intelligent, loyal and obedient dogs. These dogs will need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. They will also need a companion that can accompany them through the day, as Spaniel dogs are prone to separation anxiety.

Temperament is affected by a number of factors, one of them being the breed. Another is there upbringing, including their training and education. Training through positive reinforcement is very important to ensure their happiness and wellbeing. Their education will happen naturally as they adapt to the family that has adopted them. They'll pick-up on when it's time to eat, when it's time to go out on walks and the over-all energy of their new home. In the next section we will talk about how to care for them.


Firstly, like any other dog, these dogs will need a healthy and natural canine diet that will give them enough energy to get through their long walks. When it comes to their hair, you'll want to groom it about twice a week to rid it from dead hairs and dirt. Baths are only necessary when they get dirty.

Dental hygiene is also important so remember to brush your dog's teeth with canine toothpaste, never with human toothpaste as it is toxic for them. Learn more on our article about different ways to clean a dog's teeth. As we've previously mentioned, these dogs are very energetic which means that they will need plenty of exercise. Ideally, at least one hour per day. These dogs also thrive living in a house with a garden, which allows them to run around when they have excessive energy.

Lastly, as with any other dog, it's very important to take your English Springer Spaniel to the vet every 6-12 months for a checkup. Remember to also keep up with their vaccination and deworming schedule


are prone to certain hereditary diseases, like any other breed. These include: eye problems, hip dyspepsia, ear infections, PFK deficiency and skin disorders.

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