The moderately long double coat requires regular brushing; ears should be inspected routinely to prevent infection.
Cheerful and affectionate, Springers love their families and like to stick close to their owners. They make excellent house pets, but require daily exercise and need regular brushing and trimming to keep their coats neat and free of mats.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
English Springer Spaniels are groomed to remove dead undercoat, to prevent mats, and to keep the coat healthy and shining. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their long pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Springers are sweet-faced, loveable companions. Bred to work closely with humans, they are highly trainable people-pleasers. Springers crave company and are miserable if neglected. Polite dogs, Springers are good with kids and their fellow mammals. They’re eager to join in any family activity. Long walks, games of chase and fetch, and swimming are favorite pastimes of these rugged spaniels. Sportsmen cherish the famous duality of field Springers: handsome, well-mannered housedogs during the week, and trusty hunting buddies on weekends.
English Springer Spaniel &HEALTH
But like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of English Springer Spaniel are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a English Springer Spaniel can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. You should develop a basic understanding of the hereditary and health challenges of English Springer Spaniels.
Most hereditary disorders are not life threatening and can be managed. However, some can cause pain and suffering to the dog and expense and emotional distress to the owner. Even the best breeding program and the soundest breeding stock can produce dogs with hereditary disorders or health problems. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.