ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL DOG

From the entire field English Spaniels, the English Springer Spaniel has the tallest legs and slimmest body: it is symmetrical, athletic and beautiful to have. 
When deciding for an English Springer Spaniel, you are looking for a domestic, family dog. If it is not allowed in the house, it is being denied the opportunity to become the perfect and responsible partner it was born to be. 
The sweet English Springer Spaniel is a pretty and compact member of the Spaniel family, medium sized, with medium sized, almond shaped eyes, not bulgy or wet, a dark walnut colored, with long dropping eats and a medium length and shiny coat. The body is deep, and the limbs, strong, able to carry it easily. Its stance is proud and free. Most of all it is a well balanced and good boned dog. The back is straight and short, with well developed thighs, good feet and docked tail. The upper outline should be no longer than the height, if possible not even the same. The withers height is 50 cm for the male; 48 cm for the female. Weight: between 24 and 27 kg. The head beauty is in its finesse, and it should be impressive and balanced. The adult specimen should not seem high at the limbs, or short necked, heavy or with an oval skull, straight shoulders or have hare or open feet. The hair is straight or wavy over the body, medium length; abundant long hair at the ears, the chest, the tail and the abdomen; the hair should not be hard or curly. The color can be black or liver with white spots, white with black or liver spots, tricolor, blue or liver roan; never lemon, red or orange. For the FCI, liver and white, black and white or one of this coats with tan marks, it doesn’t establish size or weight either.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
The Springer puppy is trusting in its curiosity: choose a lively puppy, who loves to be handled. 
A docile partner, excellent family dog, affectionate and easy to control, not demanding, aggressive or shy. The Springer should be a part of the family; it can’t live in a breeding house. As the standard establishes, it should be kind and complying, quick to learn and anxious to obey. Spoiled specimens can be prone to be stubborn or too shy; some can even be grumpy or biters. Good character and the Spaniel typical style is the key when choosing.
 
DEVELOPMENT
The Springer weighs between 280 and 425 g at birth. Pigmentation and coloration is incomplete at birth, and take up to a year to emerge definitely. The Springer Spaniel continues to develop and mature up to two years. The tail should be docked to a third, as well as every dewclaw, as soon as possible. At eight weeks, the puppy should weigh between 4 and 5 kg. The buyer should choose an adaptable puppy that is active, but already responds to human commands. Aggressiveness and dominance are not frequent, but can be a problem if not handled correctly since it is a puppy. The Springer Spaniel puppy loves to eat and is prone to obesity during growth. The owner should control this, while assuring adequate nutrition with a high quality diet. When shedding the puppy hair, it needs more time for the daily/weekly brushing, and professional help is recommended every six weeks.
The Springer grows at a good pace, and its appetite represents no problems. Don’t overfeed the puppy in the 12 to 14 week phase, since many breeders inform weight problems during that period. 
 
HEALTH
The Springer Spaniel usually lives well past ten years. In addition to age problems, the Springer is prone to obesity. The owner should keep a regular exercise program throughout the dog’s life, and procure adequate diet. Ears and eyes should be carefully tested. Eye problems include retinal detachment, progressive retinal atrophy, ectropion, entropion and glaucoma, for which check up is mandatory. Ear problems are much simpler, almost always external otitis or bacterial infections, which can be avoided mostly with regular cleaning. There is always hip dysplasia. Owners report certain skin problems, including an unusual anomaly called the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is characterized by serious skin ulcerations after apparently minor injuries. Veterinarians inform cases of RBC disease, cardiomiopathy and serious myasthenia. But usually the Springer is a healthy and vigorous dog that enjoys and needs plenty of exercise to play and train.
 
The English Springer Spaniel is usually long-lived: we should choose lines virtually free of congenital problems that affect the breed. 
 
The small puppy is benefited from regular socialization, so its change of home with its new human family is more natural and less traumatic.