English Springer Spaniel

Sporting Group

English Springer Spaniel lying down in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females ~19 in, Males ~20 in

Weight

Females ~40 lbs, Males ~50 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The English Springer Spaniel originated during the 1700's in England. During this time, springer-type spaniels were used to hunt upland game birds. The dogs would spring at the birds to scare them out of the brush and then point and retrieve them once their human companions had made their shot. Before guns, hunters would have to use nets, falcons, or bows. Until 1902, English and Welsh Springer Spaniels were considered to be the same breed. Today, show English Springer Spaniels are very different from those used in the field. Show dogs tend to have longer coats, squarer heads, longer ears, and a bit less energy.

Breed Characteristics

While not all English Springer Spaniels will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Happy, goofy, and enthusiastic- make great therapy dogs

Intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train

Known to display submissive urination

Curious and active with lots of stamina, but aren't hyper

Affectionate and people-oriented- they may become nuisance barkers if left along for long periods of time