Boasting boundless energy and an amicable disposition, springer spaniels are the perfect pooch for pet parents looking to add a bit of spice into their lives! These sporting dogs were originally bred as hunting partners who could ‘spring’ upon unsuspecting targets. Not surprisingly, both English and Welsh Springer Spaniels love active lifestyles – ideal for any owner seeking something upbeat in their canine companion.
Physical Traits and Appearance of Springer Spaniels
Springer spaniels are known for their floppy ears that drop down. They have fluffy, medium-length coats with feathering and fringe hair on the ears, chest, legs and belly. Springers come in several color combinations including black, reddish-brown or white with black markings.
English and Welsh springer spaniels have slightly different appearances.
Are a combination of black, white and dark brown in color
Stand taller than Welsh springers — up to 22 inches
Have a notable brow and furrow between the eyes
Feature long, wide, fluffy ears that hang close to the cheek
Are typically red and white in color
Stand shorter than English springers — up to 19 inches — with a rectangular body shape
Have no brow or furrow between the eyes
Feature smaller ears that are lightly feathered, with a leaf shape
English and Welsh Springer Spaniels are known for their cheerful, friendly personalities. Eager to please, these dogs love human interaction - so much that they may bark when left alone! Due to their enthusiasm though, it's important to train them early on in life; proper training can help curb any issues such as over-excitement or accidents caused by overexcitement (e.g., urination). In addition exercise is key: start a routine with your Springer Spaniel puppy at an early age and gradually increase the time spent exercising together. With lots of love and patience you will have yourself a joyful companion ready share years of adventures together!
Health and Care of Springer Spaniels
Springer spaniels have floppy ears that prevent air circulation, which can lead to ear infections. Weekly ear cleanings using an ear-cleaning solution and a cotton ball are essential to a springer spaniel’s health. Springers can also suffer from eye disorders, such as retinal dysplasia and entropion, and hip conditions.
English springers tend to be heavier, weighing between 45 and 55 pounds, and taller, growing to be 18 to 22 inches in height. The slightly smaller Welsh springer typically weighs between 35 and 45 pounds and is 17 to 19 inches tall.
Both English and Welsh springer spaniels have a life expectancy between 12 and 15 years.
Keeping your Springer spaniel groomed is essential to their well-being. To maintain a healthy coat, our mobile dog grooming services provided by Wash Groom Go offer regular trimmings focusing on the ears and face; brushing of teeth; nail clipping; and baths - all to ensure that you've done everything possible for your furry friend! With Wash Groom Go, caring for your pet's needs has never been easier!
Do Springer Spaniels Shed?
Springer spaniels shed a moderate amount and need regular brushing at least three times a week. They have heavy coats with plenty of feathering, which can be a deterrent for potential dog owners with pet dander allergies. Use a slick brush or metal dog comb to work out tangles and keep the coat looking healthy and shiny.
Is a Springer Spaniel Right for You?
Springer spaniels make a perfect companion for people with active lifestyles and families with children, as long as pet allergies aren’t a factor. Springers are obedient and happy pups that want to play and exercise. You’ll need to devote time each day to activities for your dog and keep up with grooming — especially brushing.
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