With the exception of the Clumber, the English Springer Spaniel is believed to be behind all land (as opposed to water) spaniels. The Breed Standard describes him as “Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active” and he is an excellent dog for an active outdoor family.
The working and show type differ quite markedly; the show dog is larger, heavier and more square in profile. His coat is profuse and requires expert grooming to present it in show condition.
The working dog tends to be rather smaller with sparse to moderate feathering which can easily be kept in good condition with regular attention. He is a much busier dog, he has been bred to use his brain and doesn’t switch off quite so readily as the home-oriented Show type.
Some English Springers can be a little anxious, though out of hundreds of Springers I have only met one with a poor temperament. Part of the problem is that because he is such a popular family dog he is too often bred on a whim, without due regard to the quality of the dog and bitch involved. This is another breed where it is particularly important to seek out a responsible breeder, in which case you should get just the dog you want, whether working or show.
The English Springer Spaniel is about 51cm and weight is in proportion; the colours are either liver and white or black and white. Working dogs are more likely to be roan that the show types. It is an unexaggerated coat, with the feather being of a reasonable quantity and the body coat being close and smooth, although show dogs can carry fairly luxuriant coat. The ears are quite luxuriantly feathered and should be kept well brushed. A slicker brush is a good all-round grooming tool for this dog. Uncomplicated and easy-going he is just the dog for an active family.
If you are having your dog professionally groomed do instruct your groomer not to clip the coat unless it is absolutely essential. A clipped coat will grow out paler and duller than the original coat and grow much more quickly. However, after neutering there is often no choice as in the show type the coat becomes unmanageable unless clipped short.
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB Ms Y Billows 01606 888303
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB OF SCOTLAND Mr G Ford 01556 502430
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB OF WALES Mr Lewis 01639 844355
- MIDLAND ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL SOCIETY Mrs K Woodward 01709 896663
- NORTHERN ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL SOCIETY Mrs Calvert 01609 772861
- SOUTH WESTERN ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL SOCIETY Mr M K Waite 01803 323508
- ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL CLUB
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.