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    Brief Description 

    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

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel


    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:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed-Specific Articles 



    Breed Standards 

    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)

    Breed-Specific Statistics 

    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.
    English Springer Spaniel: 2006-2011 2011-2016

    2: Finland: Koiranet FKC Database:

    3. UK: Breed Health and Conservation Plan

    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    3. Finland: JTO: Englanninspringerspanielien rotukohtainen jalostuksen tavoiteohjelma 2022 – 2026


    Health Surveys:

    English Springer Spaniel Online Health Reporting Website

    See Health Reports and Health Surveys:

    ESSSurveyReport.pngThis 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

    Breed-Specific Research 



    Breed Clubs 

    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

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