The English Springer Spaniel is one of the favourite gundogs of gamekeepers and Guns all over Britain. Bred for centuries to quest, flush and retrieve game, the Springer Spaniel works in all kinds of weather and ground with drive and enthusiasm that is nearly unmatched in other dog breeds.
Compact and strong, the English Springer Spaniel is taller and faster than the Cocker Spaniel, with a longer muzzle and characteristic white coat with liver, black or tan markings. Friendly, active and eager to please, the Springer Spaniel is an affectionate and loyal companion that can live in the home or in kennels - just make sure it gets plenty of exercise.
This breed usually gets along with children, other people and animals, which makes the English Springer Spaniel just as popular with regular dog owners across the country. With the right training, they make fantastic companions for families and for gamekeepers, as they have large energy supplies and plenty of enthusiasm. They can be willful, so training must be thorough and strict to ensure they respond on command.
The English Springer Spaniel is a versatile all-rounder that 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 English Springer Spaniel is hard to beat.