The English Springer Spaniel is gentle, even tempered and sociable. They are intelligent and obedient quick learners. They love everyone and need to be around people as much as possible. They are so fond of the company of others that they can become destructive if left alone.
The English Springer Spaniel was named for how he “springs” at game to flush it out for hunters. They are extremely smart and enthusiastic. They are also known for their great sense of humor and happy demeanor. A people-pleaser at heart, the English Springer Spaniel do well around children if they are brought up with them and love their families. They are generally good with other pets as well, except for birds as they see them as prey.
Because of their high energy and hunting nature, English Springer Spaniels need a lot of exercise. They are known to go off hunting on their own, so keeping them leashed in unfenced yards or on walks is necessary. Though they will bark at strangers, they do not make the best watchdogs due to their gentle nature.
Major Health Concerns: Prone to hip dysplasia, the English Springer Spaniel tends to gain weight easily. They may develop Progressive Retinal Atrophy. (PRA). They may also have Phosphofructokinase (PFK) which prevents the proper metabolism of glucose, and also destroy red blood cells, leading to anemia.
Interesting Fact: English Springer Spaniels come in two types: field-bred and show-bred. This breed represents perhaps the greatest divergence between working and show lines of any breed of dog.
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