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English Springer Spaniel

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Size: Medium (25 to 60 lbs.)
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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English Springer Spaniels are compact, medium-sized hunting dogs with long hair, typically weighing in around 40 to 50 pounds. Their coats come in various color combinations: liver and white; tan and white; black and white; or any combination of the three. Springers are energetic, sweet-tempered dogs, and are good with children. These dogs are very friendly and love just about everyone, even other animals. Springers are quick to learn and eager to please, integrating easily into family life. Spaniels as a group are energetic dogs that do well with lots of exercise, but the English Springer Spaniel is the fastest of all Spaniel breeds. Unlike some of their cousins in the Sporting group, Springers adapt well to city or country life, as long as they are exercised. English Springer Spaniels love to swim and enjoy being off-leash. These are extremely playful dogs that will play with just about anything. Empty plastic bottles and towels make perfectly acceptable toys, but due to their high intellect, they can remember where you hid these "toys." Personal items should be kept out of reach from the Springer--bored dogs will help themselves.

Both former President George H. W. Bush, and President George W. Bush have had Springer Spaniels while in the White House: Millie Bush and Spot Fletcher, respectively.

General Care

Due to their long hair, Spaniels require more frequent grooming then some other breeds. Regular brushing with a hard brush will keep their coat looking clean, but the fur around the paws should be trimmed to prevent matting. As with all long-eared dogs, Springer Spaniels should have their ears checked regularly for ear infections. A lack of exercise can cause these dogs to bark or become destructive. They excel at retrieving, agility training, and competitive obedience. The English Springer Spaniel's leading health concern is over-feeding. These dogs gain weight very easily, and obesity can cause numerous health problems. With proper feeding and exercise English Springer Spaniels can be expected to live 12 to 14 years.

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