About the Breed

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized compact dog. Its coat is moderately long with feathering on the legs and tail. It is a well proportioned, balanced dog with a gentle expression and a friendly wagging tail. This breed represents perhaps the greatest divergence between working and show lines of any breed of dog. A field-bred dog would not be competitive in a modern dog show, while a show dog would not have the speed or stamina to succeed in a field trial.

The Springer has exceptional stamina and needs moderate amounts of activity, to focus its mind and to provide exercise, although this is different for each dog. Its long-legged build makes it among the fastest of the Spaniels.  They love the water, and tend to get wet whenever they have the chance.


The typical Spaniel is friendly, eager to please, quick to learn and willing to obey.  An affectionate and easy-going family dog, its alertness and attentiveness make it the ideal hunting companion. The Springer is a sociable breed, fun loving breed that enjoys the company of children and of other pets . If left alone for too long, Springers can become destructive and mischievous through boredom. 

Springer Spaniel Calendar 2016

  • A3 (420 x 297mm) Wire o bound Planner Style format Calendar
  • Contains 13 stunning photographic images of Springer Spaniels all taken in the UK
  • Nicely presented and cello wrapped an ideal gift

Coat and colours

Field-bred dogs tend to have shorter, coarser coats than the longer furred show-bred dogs. They normally only shed in summer and spring months, but shed occasionally in the autumn. Coat colours are black or liver with white markings or predominantly white with black or liver markings. Tricolours are black and white or liver and white with tan markings, usually found on eyebrows, cheeks, inside of ears and under the tail. Any white portion of the coat may be flecked with ticking.

Working Lines and Show Dogs

Apart from field-bred dogs tending to have shorter, coarser coats than show-bred dogs, the ears are less pendulous. Field-bred dogs are wiry and have more of a feral look than those bred for showing. The tail of the field-bred dog may be docked a few inches in comparison to the show dog. Field-bred dogs are selected for sense of smell, hunting ability, and response to training rather than appearance. Spaniel's from show lines are generally more thickly boned and heavier than field-bred Springers.