English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a dog breed that was carefully bred as a hunting breed whose goal was to flush prey. These dogs had to flush game so that hunters can get a clear shot. These hunting dogs are extremely energetic so they are a better suit for people that have a fenced yard where these dogs can explore and run around.

The English Springer Spaniel is an extremely affectionate breed that will do anything for their family. This breed was originally bred for hunting purposes and they were extremely good at it. However, in the 1940s and 50s, breeders started special breeding programs for the working spaniels and the spaniels that were bred for their looks and show potential. These two varieties are quite different these days and even their looks slightly differ. The working bloodlines are known as field springer spaniels and are quicker and more agile than the show ring variety. The Show Springer Spaniels have a different shaped muzzle, longer ears, and overall longer hair. They are bred for their companionship and their showmanship.

This breed does not like to be left alone for long periods of time and can suffer from separation anxiety. They will also bark excessively when they get bored and anxious.

English Springer Spaniel Height


19-20 in (48 to 51 cm)

English Springer Spaniel Weight


40-50 lb (18-23 kg)

English Springer Spaniel Origin


Great Britain

English Springer Spaniel Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-14 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI standard

This famous hunting and companion breed is fairly old and registered and accepted by nearly all major cynology associations in the world. The biggest cynology union is the Federation Cynologique Internationale or the FCI. It has 98 member states and they all adopted the English Springer Spaniel standard.

This standard describes these dogs as being symmetrical and strongly built. The English Springers are placed in Group 8 (Retrievers-Flushing Dogs-Water Dogs), Section 2 (Flushing Dogs). As a primarily working breed, they are required to have a working trial. This standard also mentioned an average size for this breed and it is 20 in (51 cm).

This breed was registered by the FCI on the 29th of December 1954.

AKC standard

The American Kennel Club or AKC is a governing cynology association in the United States of America. It is an old cynology institution that is over 130 years old. This cynology association also has a standard for this breed and its standard describes these dogs as having a moderately long coat with feathering on their legs. They have compact bodies and are great sporting dogs. The required size of these dogs according to this standard is 20 in (51 cm) for male dogs and 19 in (48 cm) for female dogs.

This breed was registered by the AKC in 1910.

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English Springer Spaniel breeders

If you are thinking of getting one of these dogs make sure that you buy from a registered and reputable English Springer Spaniel breeder. When talking to a breeder, ask them what bloodline they are breeding and are their dogs working or companion type. This breed is very energetic and needs its daily exercise to remain healthy and happy. These dogs love having constant company so try and make sure that you have enough time to spend with your dog and provide them with the necessary activities.


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