English Springer Spaniel

About the Breed

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game, but in modern times have separate working and showing lines. They are descended from the Norfolk or Shropshire Spaniels of the 19th century.

These dogs are generally affectionate and excitable. However, they are known for some rare behavior issues. While the showing and working lines of the breed are very similar, genetics in the showing line have been linked to "rage syndrome". Rage syndrome is very rare, but is very serious when present. Dogs with rage syndrome will become suddenly aggressive and angry, only to be calm again a few minutes later. It is often mistaken for rabies, although they are not related.

Springer Spaniels get their name because they are used to flush, or "spring", game.

Quick Facts

Height: 17 - 20 inches

Weight: 50 - 55 lbs (males); 35 - 45 lbs (females)

Coat Colors: Black, liver, or tricolor.

Markings: White and tan markings. Any white portion of the coat may be ticked.

Conformation: Medium, compact, moderately long fur with feathering on the legs and tail, proportioned, balanced, gentle expression

Common Uses: Hunting, showing, detection

Temperament: Eager to please, obedient, alert, affectionate

Place of Origin: England

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