English Springer Spaniel

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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel Overview

English Springer Spaniels live for the hunt. Originally bred to spend days out in the field, English Springers are active and alert, and what some would call the textbook sporting dog. Owners love them because they are easy to train. This breed’s double coat comes in a variety of colours and patterns, like black, tan or liver on white. With long, crimped ears and a glossy, soulful eyes, English Springers are quite the lookers. They live to please their humans, as they were originally bred to work closely with others. That’s why they’re also great with children and other pets—they crave constant companionship since they dread being left alone. English Springers love a long walk, retrieving balls and swimming on a hot day. 

Springer-like spaniels were first bred in England centuries ago, to work on upland game birds. These dogs would work in tandem with hunters, who took down their quarry using tools like nets, falcons and bows, since rifles weren’t yet invented. After the rifle became a thing, this breed’s job was to pinpoint game birds in high grass, flush them out from their cover and then retrieve them once they’d been shot. 

In recent times, Springer Spaniels have been used in detective work, thanks to their trainability, hard work and keen nose.

Did you know?

References to the English Springer Spaniel date back to 1576, when English physician Dr. John Caius described the breed in his book the Treatise of Englishe Dogs

English Springer Spaniel Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
19-20 in / 40-50 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-14 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your English Springer Spaniel

A English Springer Spaniel should be fed a high-quality dog food appropriate to its age, whether puppy, adult or senior.  Be careful of your English Springer Spaniel’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be great incentive in training, but be aware of how many you feed them, as too many can lead to obesity. Refrain from sharing table scraps and especially avoid cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Learn more about what human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. It’s important to talk to your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Always make sure your English Springer Spaniel has fresh, clean water available. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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