English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel

Main sporting role:
Retrieving, Hunting, Flushing
Size:
Medium
Lifespan:
Over 10 years
Exercise:
More than 2 hours a day
Coat length:
Medium
Vulnerable status:
No

The English springer spaniel is the favourite gundog of gamekeepers and Guns all over Britain. Bred for centuries to quest, flush and retrieve game, the springer works in all kinds of weather and ground with drive and enthusiasm.

Compact and strong, it is taller and faster than the cocker, with a longer muzzle and characteristic white coat with liver, black or tan markings. Friendly, active and eager to please, the springer is an affectionate and loyal companion that can live in the home or in kennels. It usually gets along with children, other people and animals.

This versatile all-rounder can be trained for rough and walked-up shooting and is well-suited to beating or picking up at driven shoots. It can also work as a peg dog or in wildfowling, although it can suffer from sitting still in cold and wet conditions for long periods. For a sportsman with just one dog, the springer is hard to beat.

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