English Springer Spaniel breed profile
Training and intelligence
It is relatively easy to train an English Springer Spaniel, although they can want to do things their own way, so gently establish who is in charge - and make sure it is you! They are intelligent dogs, who want to please, and will respond well to praise and rewards.
English Springer Spaniels are happy, affectionate companions. They make very good playmates for children, and they love their whole family. Although they are active dogs, they are happy to curl up with you in the house, as long as they have had sufficient exercise.
Attitude towards strange dogs and people
The English Springer Spaniel views everyone as a friend, and will want to greet them with enthusiasm. They are no problem with strange people, although they can sometimes be difficult with other dogs, so socialisation with other dogs is important.
Grooming and shedding
English Springer Spaniel coats vary in length, but the longer the coat, the more grooming necessary to stop the fur tangling. Springers can be prone to ear infections, and the ears have to be kept clean, and inspected regularly.
This is a high energy dog, and English Springer Spaniels need lots of exercise. They are intelligent dogs that do well at activities such as agility, which exercises mind as well as body. Springers generally love the water, so swimming is an alternative way to let them burn off that considerable energy.
Need for company
English Springer Spaniels need company. They adore their people, and want to be with them as much as possible. A Springer left alone too much may well become destructive and some bark when they are lonely.
Their cheerful outlook on life in general, and their affectionate nature make the English Springer Spaniel an excellent family dog. They do love water and mud, so be prepared to clean them up regularly.