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Ralph, Linda, and the Springerhaven family of Spaniels

Springer Spaniel Education

Springer Spaniel Education

A knowledgeable English Springer Spaniel owner is more likely to be a good one and we will do everything in our power to ensure you are one.

We care not just about the Springer Spaniels we place but also about the breed as a whole. We are happy to work with you whether your dog is one of ours or not. We’ve invested years in working with the breed and have an appreciation of their unique characteristics and history.

English Springer Spaniels are medium size dogs, typically 40 to 50 lbs, with long hanging ears, a pronounced muzzle and a medium long coat that can be found in black/white, liver/white and tri-colored.

English Springer Spaniels are graceful, enthusiastic, and endurant. These qualities contribute to their being one of the earliest hunting dogs. That is, dogs that accompany people on an individual or formal hunt to help locate and route game.

Brought over by the Roman trade, English Springer Spaniels did not originate in England but have been native to the British Isles for several hundred years. Paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries that depict nobles on a hunt often feature Springer Spaniels as their canine companions. Springer Spaniels then looked much as they do today.

Originally bred in the same litter as Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels were the larger puppies in the litter, trained to find and “spring” on (flush out) game.

In 1902 the British Kennel Club first recognized English Springer Spaniels as their own distinct breed as did the American Kennel Club in 1910. Classified as “sport dogs,” the English Springer Spaniel could then compete in shows with other dogs in the same division.

The enthusiasm and desire to please that made English Springer Spaniels excellent hunting dogs now makes them wonderful pets.