Developed to flush game from cover and to retrieve it, the English springer spaniel's coat is liver and white, black and white or tri-coloured. The English Springer is the most popular of the spaniels for working in the field. A happy and very biddable temperament lends itself well to family life. Field-bred and bench-bred dogs are available - as the names suggest the Field type is used in the field for hunting and the Bench type is bred for their looks in the show ring. Field dogs tend to be taller on leg, not as heavily bodied or boned, shorter coated and may be more energetic/hunting work oriented than their show counterparts.
Links to Breed Descriptions
AKC Video Link
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Other Names for Breed
Engelsk springer spaniel
Springer spaniel inglés
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of Origin: England
Parent breed club: The English Springer Spaniel Club (UK)
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2: Finland: Koiranet FKC Database: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=125
3. UK: Breed Health and Conservation Plan
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO: Englanninspringerspanielien rotukohtainen jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2022 – 2026
English Springer Spaniel Online Health Reporting Website
See Health Reports and Health Surveys: https://sites.google.com/site/englishspringerhealth/annual-health-reports
This website includes a report of a Health Survey conducted in 2013 for English Springer Spaniels living in the UK only. "A major UK ESS Breed Health Survey was carried out over a three month period from 1st May - 31st July 2013. The Survey attracted an unprecedented total of 5,017 responses, representing 4,327 current dogs and 690 dogs that died between January 2008 and July 2013, making it by far the largest survey of the breed ever carried out in the UK."
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association: The Spaniel Manual
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: English Springer Spaniel Club of Canada
UK: The English Springer Spaniel Club
USA: English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association