The Springador is not a purebred breed, but a so called designer dog breed, which is just another term for a crossbreed. It is a mix between two purebred and very popular dogs – the Labrador Retriever and English Springer Spaniel.
The Springador, just like majority of the crossbreeds, is rather younger dog. Of course, unintentional crosses of Labs and Springer Spaniels could have existed for decades, for a long time, but it was not until recently when these two dogs were crossed with the intention of creating a new breed. So there is not much to say about its history, but we can take a look at the history of its parent breeds. The Labrador Retriever can trace its history to Canada, where it was used as fishermans helper, who would retrieve fish that had somehow gotten off a fish hook or out of traps. The breed was further developed in United Kingdom into the breed we know today. And the English Springer Spaniel is also a hunter which was used in England to retrieve small game. After the invention of guns, they became great at flushing out small game and they have reputation of great versatile hunters.
Labradors are very often use to create different crossbreeds and the main reason is their loving, playful, intelligent, loyal and eager to please temperament. The English Springer Spaniel has similar temperament qualities, so its no wonder, that even the Springador is super friendly family dog with higher energy levels, which is always ready for outdoor adventure or fun playtime. Most of the time they are excellent playful partners for kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised. These dogs truly love its family and they want to be around it all day long, which is why, they sometimes suffer from separation anxiety if they are left home alone regularly for a long time.
Especially younger Springadors are full of energy and they will definitely need few daily longer walks, jogs, hikes, fun training sessions or vigorous playtime to stay healthy and happy. But this is pretty adaptable breed and when they are older, they will adjust to the energy of its owners, but it is always important to provide these dogs with some exercise each day. Both Labradors and Springer Spaniels are workers and they want to have some kind of a job in their life. It can be some task oriented playtimes, fun training or dog sports, just anything that will occupy them both physically and mentally. Without enough exercise, they can potentionally develop some unwanted behaviour, such as destruction or excessive barking.
The appearance of crossbreeds is often times very unpredictable, but since the Springador has similarly big parents with similar body type, their appearance is not so random. Typically it is a medium to large sized breed with dense coat, athletic but powerful body, triangular hanging ears, dark eyes with gentle expression and strong jaws.
Springer Spaniels are slightly smaller than Labradors, but the differnce is not huge. Springador is typically slightly smaller than average Labrador, but also slightly larger than average Springer Spaniel and the typical height is between 18-22 inch which is 45-55 cm and weight between 50-80 lbs, which is 22-38 kg. Females are naturally slightly smaller than males.
7) Coat and color
The coat of Springador is always pretty dense and most commonly wavy and in medium length. The coat is typically weatherproof and it helps the dog to withstand even colder temperatures without problems. Very often they inherit one of the Labradors color, which is either yellow, brown or black, but they can also be black and white or liver and white just like the Springer Spaniel.
Speaking of the coat it is important to mention the grooming and maintenance as well. These dogs do shed some deal of fur, but the shedding should not be as extreme as with the pure Labrador. Of course, regular brushing is always beneficial as it will remove any loose and dead hair and dirt from the coat and keep it in best possible condition. Regular brushing will also prevent matting. No other grooming is required. Just like with any other breed, you should also regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
The name Springador has the same origin as names of most of the crossbreeds and it is a combination of the names of parent breeds – Spring from Springer Spaniel and ador from Labrador. The breed is also sometimes called as Labradinger.
Springadors are generally quite healthy and hardy dogs with average lifespan around 13 years. Of course, they may suffer from the same health issues as their parents and those include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, some eye problems, allergies and infections, but none of those are extremely common with this breed.