English Springer Spaniel dogs are medium sized, long haired in black or brown and white patterns. They are 40-50lbs in weight and 19-20 inches tall. These dogs are friendly, affectionate, energetic and active, and are widely used as hunting, tracking, show, police and military dogs due to their intelligence and cooperative nature. They are very obedient if well trained from an early age, but you must teach them self control around wildlife. High prey drive and chase instinct will get them into trouble if you don’t! Today we’ll look at English Springer Spaniel breed traits, characteristics and behaviors, and how they fit with the average home. They tend to be good with kids and other dogs, but are not a great mix with small pets of other species. We’ll share how to raise an English Springer Spaniel puppy, train and care for them to become a great family pet.
- English Springer Spaniel origins
- Working vs show Springer Spaniels
- English Springer Spaniel temperament
- Hunting with Springer Spaniels
- Training, exercise and activities
- Are English Springer Spaniels good pets?
- English Springer Spaniel adoption and puppies
Coming from the bird flushing Norfolk Spaniel, and similar in nature to the Welsh Springer Spaniel, these athletic working bred dogs are a great fit for people that have time to dedicate to intense obedience training. And who spend a lot of time at home and outdoors with their pets. However, the Springer is not just a pretty face. This lively and outgoing dog requires a lot of time, attention and commitment to become the perfect family pet. Springers need lots of grooming and care. If you’re considering English Springer Spaniel puppies, we will help you decide.
What is an English Springer Spaniel?
- Popularity: Consistently ranks in the top 15% of popular dog breeds in the US
- Purpose: Hunting originally, currently hunting or show
- Weight: 40-50 pounds
- Temperament: Intelligent, energetic and eager to please
English Springer Spaniel History
The English Springer Spaniel was bred over generations to be an efficient hunting machine. He will boldly crash through thick undergrowth to flush out and retrieve game for his owner.
To do that, they must be intelligent, able to follow commands, brave, strong, tough and possess a high prey drive. The Springer can work for hours in rough conditions, happily beating thorns, bristles, hills and heavy rain.
The Kennel Club first recognized this lively breed as the English Springer Spaniel in 1902. It was previously known as the Norfolk Spaniel.
The iconic Springer dominated the spaniel presence in the shooting field until the recent resurrection of the working cocker. However, the Springer is still the most popular all-purpose working spaniel today. In recent decades, the breed has diverged between those bred for the shooting field and those bred for show.
Fun Facts about the English Springer Spaniel
Well-known English Springer Spaniel owners include Princess Grace, Oprah Winfrey and US Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Millie was the ‘first dog’ during George H.W. Bush’s presidency, and her puppy, Spot, was born in the White House. Spot was later ‘first dog’ during George W. Bush’s presidency.
English Springer Spaniel Appearance
All English Springer Spaniels are traditionally either liver and white or black and white. Their fur is of medium length, close and normally straight.
As mentioned, the English Springer Spaniel has working and show lines. Although their basic appearances are very similar, there are a few key differences.
Show Springer Spaniels
Show-bred Springers have a more domed head and heavier, longer ears than their working cousins. They also have more extensively feathered coats and are more likely to have loose, drooping eyelids.
Because they are bred more for looks than function, they are similar in appearance to each other.
Working Springer Spaniels
The appearance of working Springers differs quite extensively. This is because they are chosen for their ability to hunt rather than for how they look. Working Springers have become faster and, in some cases, smaller than their show cousins. There is also a lot of variation in weight and size between the two lines.
Clean patches of color have given way to a speckled or roan appearance in some. Others have become almost entirely white. They also tend to have shorter ears and tighter eyelids, as these are more conducive to working in undergrowth.
In Britain, Springers bred for the shooting field are usually docked. It is unusual to see a working Springer with a full tail. However, it is not legal in the UK to dock a dog that is not intended for work. Therefore, show-bred English Springer Spaniels will always have full tails.
English Springer Spaniel Grooming
Both working and show-bred English Springer Spaniels require attention to grooming. Brushing at least twice a week will help keep the coat tangle free, and it’s a good idea to practice this from the day your puppy arrives home.
Make grooming fun with lots of treats and praise. It’s a great way to make the sessions go quickly, and it’s a great bonding experience.
Your Springer may also need clipping every few months to prevent his furry legs and ears from becoming matted and tangled when he gets mucky.
English Springer Spaniel Size
They are symmetrical in their build and are compact and strong dogs. Of medium size, a full-grown Springers are 19–20 inches tall. Full-grown males weigh about 50 pounds, while females typically weigh closer to 40 pounds.
English Springer Spaniel Temperament
Most English Springer Spaniels are friendly and loving to their families, whether bred for show or work. However, outdoors their behavior may vary significantly. A show-bred dog will be more attentive to his companions and less distracted by what could be lurking in the undergrowth. As pets, Springers require a lot of mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom and the destructiveness it can cause.
English Springer Spaniels are intelligent, highly trainable and love to please their people. However, there is some evidence that they have tendencies toward dominance and aggression. This seems to be more prevalent among Springers bred for work.
This may be due to these lines having been bred as kennelled dogs. Owners and breeders may have been unaware that they had an intolerance to strangers as they simply never met many. The breeding focus was on working well and mixing with humans was not a consideration.
For this reason, if you are buying a working-bred Springer, meeting the parents is essential to avoid this problem. It may take extra effort, but it will be worth it to avoid the stress of living with a dog who is afraid and has the potential to react aggressively.
English Springer Spaniel Hunting
Although most modern Springer Spaniels are now taken home as family pets, their hunting instincts remain within them.
Working-bred Springers are intense, driven dogs. They are passionate about following scent, extremely agile and often strong-willed and independent. Some lines of working Springers border on obsessive when it comes to hunting and chasing wildlife, or anything that moves.
Because of his intense hunting desires, a working bred English Springer requires a good deal of supervision outdoors to keep him out of mischief.
The kind of dog that succeeds in a field trial, is not necessarily the kind of dog you want in your living room. Of course, there are plenty of Springers from good working stock that, given the right care, fit into family life quite well, but a significant proportion do not.
Extreme Prey Drives
While you may see some relatively placid working-line Springers, if you buy one as a pet, you may be shocked when you end up with a turbo-powered dog with little to no interest in you once he’s outside.
Because of this sometimes-extreme prey drive, independence, toughness and high energy levels, a considerable number of working-line Springers find themselves in rescues each year.
Because of that, we recommend you think carefully before bringing a working strain Springer Spaniel into your life. If you want a quiet life and are not into training or sporting work, a show Springer is probably a better dog for you.
Show Springers will still be lively and have a high prey drive. However, they should have a less intense focus on wildlife and a greater tendency to attach to their families. They may also be less likely to be nervous around unfamiliar humans as they are bred for company rather than solitary working.
English Springer Spaniel Puppy Training
If you bring a Springer Spaniel puppy home, potty and crate training will be your first training priorities. We have guides to help you with these important first training steps.
Our puppy potty training guide includes a training schedule and other helpful tips and tricks for getting this important training taken care of as quickly and easily as possible. Learn about how you and your puppy could benefit from using a dog crate, our crate training guide has everything you need to know.
Another important step to get your new pup on the road to a happy and healthy life is socialization. All dogs need socialization from an early age to avoid lifelong fearfulness. This is particularly important for breeds like the Springer Spaniel that may have a tendency for dominance.
Exposing your Springer puppy to a wide variety of people and situations can help him feel safe and comfortable throughout his life.
Obedience Training for Springer Spaniels
Springers, usually from working lines, are widely used in the service of mankind and their efforts are not confined to the shooting field. They are popular drug detections dogs with their astounding sense of smell, enthusiasm and trainability make them great teammates for customs and border patrol units. And their intense chase drive makes it easy to train them using ball games as a reward.
What is often a problem for the pet owner, can be a bonus for the handler interested in creating a working teammate. Springers thrive with positive reinforcement training, and we advise learning all you can about these methods before bringing your puppy home.
English Springer Spaniel Activities
English Springers excel at activities that use their lively brains and bodies. Dogs from working lines enjoy agility and flyball and of course, their raison d’être, gundog fieldwork.
If you have an English Springer, especially one from working lines, consider getting involved in gundog style training. This specialized training helps harness and control all those urges and instincts that might otherwise lead your lovely Spaniel astray.
Show-bred English Springer Spaniels can also be trained in gundog work or used for other sporting activities but will probably not throw themselves into it with the speed and enthusiasm of their working cousins.
English Springer Spaniel Health and Care
In general, the English Springer Spaniel is a healthy, fit dog. Historically, it was bred for function rather than form, avoiding some of the pitfalls of other breeds.
However, as pedigree dogs, they are still prone to some genetic diseases that afflict many breeds with a closed gene pool.
Hip and elbow dysplasia are fairly common in Springer Spaniels. It is characterized by a malformation of the hip or elbow socket and can cause severe pain and lameness.
Dysplasia can be detected using an X-ray. To reduce the chance of your puppy having this affliction, make sure both parents have hip scores above the average for the breed, which was 14 for Springers in 2011, the most recent available.
Hips are scored on both sides of the body, and a balanced hip score is better than an uneven one. For example, you could have a score of 12 made up of 6:6 and that is better than a score of 12 made up of 2:10, in which one hip is considerably worse than the other.
Metabolic Diseases in English Springer Spaniels
There are inherited metabolic diseases to be aware of if you are considering English Springer Spaniel puppies.
Canine fucosidosis is a fatal disease that causes a dog’s nervous system to break down. It is characterized by a loss of bodily control and changes in temperament.
Phosphofructokinase (PFK) disorder is another disease that you need to be aware of. It causes abnormalities in a dog’s red blood cells and muscles. It causes fever, poor appetite, prolonged barking and excessive panting after exercise.
Fortunately, there are DNA tests available for fucosidosis and PFK. If a puppy’s parents both test clear for these conditions, then the puppy will not suffer from these nasty conditions.
Ear Problems in English Springer Spaniels
English Springer Spaniels have long, floppy, furry ears. Although cute to look at, these characteristics create an environment that fosters ear problems.
If your Springer is rubbing his head on the floor or scratching at his ears, take him to the vet to have his ears checked. You can help his ears to stay healthy with regular cleanings.
Eye Problems in English Springer Spaniels
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is a cause for concern in numerous breeds, and the English Springer Spaniel is no exception. PRA can result in blindness as it progresses. Fortunately, there is a test that allows breeders to only produce Springer Spaniel puppies without this inherited disease.
Another common eye problem in Springers is glaucoma, which causes sight problems due to fluid build-up behind the eye. It is inherited or the result of an infection.
Breeders can reduce the likelihood of English Springer Spaniel puppies suffering from the inherited version by testing their parents.
The test determines how predisposed the eye is to glaucoma.
Another eye issue for some Springers is entropion, in which an inverted eyelid causes irritation or damage to the eye. Choosing a pup from parents with good eye health reduces the chance of them suffering from this condition.
English Springer Spaniel Lifespan
Although some have lived as long as 19 years, the typical lifespan for a Springer Spaniel is 12-13 years. The majority of this breed enjoy between 10 and 15 years.
Do English Springer Spaniels Make Good Family Pets?
An English Springer Spaniel could be a perfect family pet, if he fits your family’s lifestyle. Although Springers are generally good with children and other dogs, it is best to supervise their interactions. This is especially true if they are unfamiliar with each other.
Taking on an English Springer Spaniel is a big commitment. The right home for a working Springer is an active one. You will need time and patience to work at positive reinforcement training. It’s important to be dedicated to getting it right from day one.
A working bred Springer is unlikely to make a good companion on a formal, predictable family walk. But he is loads of fun in gundog or agility training or flyball.
He will happily curl up with you on the sofa if you have had a busy day together and will cheerfully entertain you, making sure that there is never a dull moment.
Show-bred Springers are still lively, active dogs but they tend to be a little less driven by their prey drive and a little more focused on their owners. They are inclined to be a bit more relaxed at home.
If you think an English Springer Spaniel sounds like the right dog for you, deciding between working and show temperaments is your first big task. Whichever you choose, you are certain to have a lot of fun, laughs and love with this gorgeous dog.
Pros and Cons of Getting an English Springer Spaniel
It’s important to know the pros and cons so that you can choose a dog that fits your lifestyle. Careful selection helps ensure you can create a lasting bond and have a cherished companion for years. Keep these things in mind as you consider whether an English Springer Spaniel is the right dog for you.
- Very active and require regular exercise
- Tendency toward dominance
- Risk of hip dysplasia
- Intelligent and highly trainable
- Friendly and playful
- Obedient and hardworking
Keep these factors in mind and look for the pros and cons of any other breeds you might be considering to make a fair comparison.
Once you decide on the right pup for you, the right products and accessories will help you prepare for your new pup’s homecoming.
Rescuing an English Springer Spaniel
Purebred dogs are occasionally relinquished to shelters and rescues for a variety of reason, many of which have nothing to do with the dog. So, don’t discount these sources when searching for an English Springer Spaniel.
However, a more likely source is a purebred rescue organization. We’ve included rescue links for some of the most popular ones later in this article.
A rescue dog is a great option if you prefer not to deal with the puppy stage. Although, puppies and young dogs are sometimes available as well.
Finding an English Springer Spaniel puppy
Anyone can breed their dog and sell the puppies. In most countries, there are no laws restricting or regulating dog breeding. That means that there are good dog breeders and there are bad dog breeders.
The worst breeders don’t care about the animals other than how much money they can make. Those breeders often sell sickly puppies that may die young or grow up into aggressive dogs.
So, you need to pick your puppy supplier very carefully indeed. Use our guide to select a puppy for your best chance at avoiding a dog with serious health or behavioral issues.
When considering a breeder of English Springer Spaniel puppies, it is advisable to look for one who screens for PFK disorder, Cord1 PRA, hip and elbow dysplasia and eye problems. Breeders should be testing the parents before breeding, to ensure that they are free from these diseases.
English Springer Spaniel Puppy Price
As far as cost, prices for Springer Spaniel puppies range from $500 to $2,000. However, most are around $800 to $1,000.
Raising an English Springer Spaniel puppy
Caring for a vulnerable English Springer Spaniel puppy is a big responsibility.
We have some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training. The useful tips and tricks will start you on the right foot to raising a happy and healthy dog.
If you’re not sure about a Springer, how about considering an English Springer Spaniel breed mix instead?
Popular English Springer Spaniel breed mixes
Here are some of the most popular Springer breed mixes for you to consider:
- Springador – English Springer Spaniel and Labrador Mix
- Spreagle – English Springer Spaniel and Beagle Mix
- Spangold Retriever – English Springer Spaniel and Golden Retriever Mix
- Springerdoodle – English Springer Spaniel and Poodle Mix
Of course, the possibilities are endless, and you may encounter other Springer breed mixes as well.
If you’re interested in the English Springer Spaniel but still aren’t sure if it’s the perfect breed for you, perhaps consider a different type of spaniel. We have breed reviews for the Boykin Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Or perhaps you’d be interested in a different type of working dog, such as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
Like all breeds, there are pros and cons to owning an English Springer Spaniel.
English Springer Spaniel Breed Rescues
If you think a Springer is the right dog for you, please consider giving a home to a dog in need. Below is a list of breed rescues in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia.
- English Springer Spaniel Rescue America
- Springer Spaniel Rescue
- Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Rescue
- English Springer Spaniel Welfare
- North West Springer Spaniel Rescue
- Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue
If you know of a reputable rescue in your area not already listed, please share it in the comments.
Do you own an English Springer Spaniel? If so, tell us about your pup in the comments.
This article has been extensively revised and updated for 2019.
References and Resources
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Springer mom says
I have my first adorable Springer, field line, and he is the joy of my life. He is extremely active and social- loves all people. Very, very affectionate. Unfortunately, my health has declined, so I am less active than before, so my Springer becomes restless. He has chewed up a living room chair, kitchen cabinets, all of his beds, several designer eyeglasses, several cell phones, is a champion counter surgery- loves to swipe the steak knife- LOL, plus the normal shoes, clothes, books, etc. Before I got him, a high-end trainer warned me against a high-energy dog, but once you meet a Springer, many often are convinced this is *my dog.*
I have never regretted it, but the damage has amounted to thousands of $, and he’s 2.5 years old. In conclusion, if you are a single person who is not very active, if your belongings are important to you, you might look at another breed.
I believe my Springer would be happiest in a home with lots of kids running around, but I love him to pieces, and we make do with a medium-sized backyard.
At the vet one day, another dog parent complimented my pup, which happens a lot. She said she had a Springer as a child. Since she had two dogs, one was a Lab, I asked the same question, “Is the Lab about as hyper as a Springer?” She said pretty quickly “No way.” She said her childhood Springer was much more “zippy ” was the cute word she used. I think that’s a perfect descriptor for my Springer: zippy. He runs around and keeps going, and he’s fast, and he’s very strong. Because they are bred to flush or”spring” game from the brush, they have extremely strong rear legs. The literally will go bouncing through the brush – you can find youtube videos of this. Super cute.
At another obedience class a woman commented I had a Springer (!) , and “That’s a lot of dog!” She used to breed Springers.
He can easily pull me off my feet, and trainers have commented how strong he is. My vet who is a hunter himself exclaims each time he sees my pup, “WOW, look at the muscles on his legs!”
I’m not sure if he’s the norm, but this is my experience with my first Springer. He has a huge personality, and it’s impossible not to love him. But you need to know what may be ahead. At times I have to admit I may be in over my head, but that’s life. Lol
I LOVE my Springer!
Jo-Neal Graves says
I’ve never had this breed of dog before and had to put my black lab down nearly 2 years ago. Yesterday I found some puppies and have been texting back-and-forth and trying to decide if it would be a good fit for me. I am a senior but I’m a very active senior and I walk and hike, ride my bike and take Fitness seriously. I googled a comparison between labrador and English Springer spaniel and according to what I read they seem quite similar with their temperament. Today I will call my vet and ask what he thinks but I am wondering if anyone else there might have an opinion for me. Thank you for the great article! And happy holidays!
Tyler Helt says
We have a 12 year old English Springer spaniel named Millie.She was born on July 30,2008. She is liver and white.
Shirley Rash says
We had to put our talking Australian Shepherd down January 29th due to extreme arthritis, so immediately we went to our local shelter and found a quiet loving English Springer Spaniel. It’s as if he knew about losing Cookie that Brady gives constant HUGS! He is soooo sweet and loves to chase his tennis balls. He is 5 1/2 and came from a home where the owner had to give him up because the apartment didn’t allow dogs. His second owner didn’t appreciate him being possessive of their kids toys so as a result we are Brady’s third owner. We’re seniors. He is a little alert to unusual noises and has completely adopted me, but not so much my hubby. He does play with my hubby when he is not working, but doesn’t “relate” to him like he does me. i plan to get him groomed soon. I’m waiting just a little while because we gave him a bath after we got him and then read that too many baths, too soon wasn’t a good idea. I figure somewhere between now and Mother’s Day will be good. It’s just short of my 70th birthday of March 2 now.
Brady is the perfect English gentleman and reminds me of 007 and plan to sew a bow tie for him. I’ve already knitted a sweater for him and sewed a plaid coat for him.
we love him like crazy and hope he stays healthy for a very long time.
BARB GIAMBRONE says
I had my first Springer that just passed this past November. He would have been 16 years old March 25th, I never cried so hard in my life as when I lost him and still do. My husband thought I was going to lose it i think because we ended up traveling from PA to Ohio to buy one that looked similiar. While there..a liver and white caught my eye,,and now we have 2. I love them. Thegirl however had a heart condition and we had to get her the operation or she’d die within 6 months. That cost clsoe to 7K between the op, meds and check ups., tests. But she was soo precious we had to save her.. She’s as bold as they come but has a strong heartbeat and is doing great . I love these dogs! I know their a handful.. But their worth every bit of it.
I feel your pain ?. I lost my own Springer spaniel after 15 and half years. Devastated . I waited 5 months before I could get another one and it was the best decision I made. A house is not a home without a Springer spaniel. ♥️
Kevin Brown says
Awesome Deborah!!! We are purchaing our first and we have a 2 year old son. I’ver read and heard that this breed is excellent with children. We will be picking it up around the second week in October. GOD willing. I visted the kennel yesterday, the mom is due August 12th. Too excited.
David.J. Beechey says
Hi, I am so sorry for your loss, I know what you must be going through as we have just lost our English springer spanial Bailey, we had to put him down as he was suffering with serve arthritis for about 18 months, although he was on medication from our vet, and lately we took him to have lazer treatment then we were told that he also had cancer in his shoulder, we got Bailey from the Dog Trust, we knew from the moment we and he saw each other we were meant to be together. We had nearly 7 years with him from the age of 3 but although we did the right thing to put him out of his misery we loved him so, so much so that our house became a home when we got him, now our home is empty.
Before he got ill he was such a free spirit, when we took him for walks he would be into everything, shrubs, forests, lakes, rivers, and canals, he loved the water and the seaside, but Bailey wasn’t just a dog or a pet, he was apart of the family, he can never be replaced, because there is still to much heart ache, every time someone mentions his name my wife fills up inside and when I come home from work I am still looking for him and speaking his name as if he is still in the house, my wife still cries when she comes home from work because he is’nt there to greet her, neither of us. We have his ashes on a small coffee table in the lounge in an erne with his favourite ball, lead and collar at the side with a photo of him, and each morning I kiss him and say good morning my boy, where are you, we both do, and again at night before we go bed. His nature was perfect he would never bite anyone, every one loved him. If we were to get another dog I feel as though it would just seem like we were just trying to replace him, or to fill the void in the house that Bailey filled, but we were blessed for all the good and wonderful years we had with him, he was either with his mum going on walks or myself enjoying himself, happy and free and mischeavous, but the trust and love he gave us was behond words, if either of us were ill he would stay by your side to comfort you, he was so special that never in a million years will we ever find such a loving boy as Bailey. But we know he is out of pain now and gone, now we are in pain to be without him, how long we will be in pain I don’t know at his lose and absents, but for some reason I can still feel his presents, we loved Bailey so much and he loved his mum and dad. Bailey, we love you bright eyes where ever you and always will and forever be in our hearts. Our Bailey, our little boy.xxxx
Robert K. Allen says
My wife and I have found the ONLY way to begin the healing process after losing a canine member of our family – is to find another canine family member. We have had canine (cockers, springers and brittneys’) family members all our married lives. Losing one is always hard to deal with for both of us – replacing them sooner is always better for us. It is almost as bad as losing a child. If you have room in your heart for another – you will not regret it. Best of luck to you – remember, YOU have been blessed.
Kim & Debbie
S. Clelland says
We absolutely adore our 2 springers …… we got 1st because our daughter has autisim with both learning and complex disabilities and we wanted the perfect dog.
My family have shown and bred Pomeranian since I was about 10 and they are a fab dog but when we discovered that our daughter had additional needs I knew we needed a different dog if we were to take 1 into the family.
Our 1st singer has just recently become a gran ….. we kept a pup from her 1st litter who will be 3 Dec 2017 and just recently had her own litter
For gran she had 2 litters 15 between the 2, 11 of these went to families in the same situation as ourselves and the puppies have made amazing contact with the child. I’ve also shown an American cocker over 20 yrs ago but for the last nearly 6 yrs and for the rest of my life spaniel will be it for me their nature is second to none.
Great article. However, there is no mention about breeding and what age is best to start breeding.
S. Clelland says
I’ve breed at 2yrs and 6 months on both gran and daughter we kept from 1st litter. Our 2 are very domesticated although daughter stayed with her pups lingervthan gran who left both her litters for me to look after after a few days ???? however I would say they r exceptional dogs…. our daughter is disabled and they are absolutley perfect with her and got in perfectly with our family ❤
Great article on such a beautiful dog, i have a working springer and if bored or under walked would take my house apart!! but with about two hours exercise a day and proper mental stimulation you wont get a better companion. totally fearless and always funny!! great cure for depression they are also extremely loving dogs especially if you can tire them out!!
Glad you enjoyed the article 🙂
Graham Brassington says
Thanks for a really informative article. For someone like myself who is looking too get my first puppy next year articles like this are extremely useful in deciding what breed will be suitable for me.
Glad you found it helpful Graham 🙂