The English Springer Spaniel dog breed was developed as a gun dog to flush, or spring, game in the field, but he’s also a popular companion.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about English Springer Spaniel.
The Kennel Club first recognised the breed in 1902, though it’s origins can be traced back as far as the 17th Century, when the Land Spaniel is referred to as being as being divided into the Crouching Spaniel and the Springing Spaniel with a later subdivision of the Springer Spaniel into two sizes – the smaller of the two being called the Cocking Spaniel.
English Springer Spaniels are known for their love of water. Most enjoy a trip to a beach or lake, however they are a little obsessed with it and enjoy getting into puddles and water bowls just as much. Be prepared for mud and water to be tracked through the house and for lots of doggy baths!! This is not a dainty breed, nor one for very proud housekeepers.
3) Working Dog
The springer spaniel is one of the few old working dog breeds that are still widely used in working roles today, although of course gun sport with live prey is not as popular today as it used to be. However, as well as their gun dog roles, springer spaniels can also be seen working in a wide range of other different roles today too, often as detection dogs or sniffer dogs with the police, military and customs officials.
English Springer Spaniels are very intelligent dogs and extremely active. Be prepared to increase your activity levels and spend upwards of 2 hours daily exercising your spaniel. Boredom can lead to destructiveness – this is not a breed that enjoys a sedentary lifestyle or to be left alone. They are at their happiest when working with their owners.
5) Springers and Cockers
Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels used to be the same breed. A litter of puppies would be separated by size. The smaller dogs were designated as Cocker Spaniels, which hunted a kind of bird called the woodcock, and the larger dogs were designated as Springer Spaniels. It wasn't until the turn of the 20th century that Springers and Cockers were designated separate breeds.
6) Social Dog
The good news is that whilst English Springer Spaniels are active, they are highly sociable both with other dogs and people (including children). Due to their loyal nature, they may develop a protective bark but I’m afraid they aren’t an ideal guard dog as their friendly and happy personality will kick in and they are more likely to give any Burglar a big lick!
7) Celebrity Dog
George W. Bush had an English Springer Spaniel named Spot, and George H.W. Bush had one named Millie. Other famous English Springer Spaniel owners include Princess Grace, and Oprah Winfrey.
8) Two Types
There are two different types of English Springer Spaniel: bench and field. Although the AKC breed standard does not separate the two types, there are some key differences. The bench type is designed for the show ring, so he has a longer, thicker coat with more feathering. The field type is designed for hunting, so he has a lighter coat and a docked tail.
English Springer Spaniel has thick double coat of medium length. Straight or wavy coat is black, liver (deep reddish-brown) or blue-colored with white markings, or tricolored: black/white or liver/white with tan markings.
10) Soft Mouth
The springer spaniel is what is referred to as a soft mouthed dog, meaning that they can carry things in their mouths very gently, holding it securely without harming it or breaking the skin. This trait is what first made them popular as gun dogs, and this trait comes about from the superior bite inhibition of the breed, and a tendency to take care over what they do!