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All about your English Springer Spaniel

Kind and obedient, with a real willingness to learn.

English Springer Spaniels are cheerful, energetic and loving, making the perfect addition to the family. Discover this endearing and alert breed, and get tips on a range of topics from exercise, grooming and behaviour, to what you can do to keep your dog healthy and happy.

Two English Springer Spaniels Play In A Field

Breed information & advice

The lively English Springer Spaniel is part of the gundog breed group and is highly trainable and eager to please. He loves people, but needs to be socialised as a puppy so he gets used to being around other dogs.

  • He’s well-suited to living in a town or the countryside, but needs a decent garden space to explore.
  • His medium-length coat needs grooming a few times a week.
  • Typically he will weigh between 18kg and 25kg, when fully grown.
  • A healthy English Springer Spaniel can usually live for 9 to 15 years.

Typical size of an English Springer Spaniel

Medium: 46cm - 56cm

Because English Springer Spaniels were bred to spend long periods of time hunting birds, your dog will need plenty of exercise, and to run every day. However, while he has plenty of energy to burn off, this breed is an intelligent one, so his mind also needs to be challenged. He’ll appreciate ball games and tracking activities.

A protein-packed diet is important for your Springer. Quantities may vary depending on his age, size and exercise levels so make sure to read the back of the food packet. Try to divide each daily ration of food into two or more meals to avoid problems with obesity.

More than two hours of exercise a day

Springers love human companionship, and separation anxiety is a common trait, so plenty of exercise together eases this.

Wet English Springer Spaniel Jogs On The Beach
White And Brown English Springer Spaniel Looking Down

Common health problems & illnesses

English Springer Spaniels need all of the usual vaccinations, flea and tick control, and dental checks to go on to lead a healthy life, but it’s worth being aware of some of the more specific ailments which can affect this breed, so you can look out for any symptoms.

1. Joint problems

English Springer Spaniels can be prone to arthritis, which is an inflammation of their joints that can cause discomfort. Keep an eye out for a lack of enthusiasm for exercise in your dog, as this could be an indicator, as can him licking the affected area, or generally not being quite himself. Your vet may recommend weight control and exercise, or anti-inflammatory therapy.

Arthritis and degenerative joint disease made up around 8% of Tesco Pet Insurance claims in 2015 for this breed.

2. Warts and growths

This is a breed that can develop warts, tumours and other growths in the layers of fat and skin on the body. Check your dog regularly for lumps and bumps, as English Springer Spaniels are also susceptible to lipomas – benign fatty lumps that are typically painless and not associated with infection. If you notice anything unusual, then speak with your vet who will offer the appropriate course of treatment, depending on the growth’s size and location.

3. Cruciate ligament injury

In dogs, the cruciate ligament is the tough fibrous tissue that attaches the thigh bone to the shin bone. It can slowly degenerate over time and rupture. This may be down to genetics, but other factors such as obesity and inflammatory conditions can also play a role. Look out for any signs of lameness such as limping or difficulty getting up. Surgery may be recommended as treatment, so make an appointment with your vet if you notice any of the symptoms.

4. Ear problems

The skin within the English Springer Spaniel’s ears can be a problem area because of his overhanging ear flaps. The ear canal can become irritated by parasites, grass seeds or infections for example, but you can help prevent this by keeping your dog’s ears clean and dry. If irritation leads to otitis externa (ear canal inflammation), you may notice your pet scratching and shaking his head. Medication may be prescribed from your vet to treat this.

5. Phosphofructokinase (PFK) deficiency

Some English Springer Spaniels may have an inherited deficiency of PFK, an enzyme the body needs to produce energy. Symptoms will depend on the severity of the condition, but they can include weakness, muscle cramping and dark-coloured urine. If you notice any of these signs, then speak to your vet who will be able to offer testing and treatment options.

Dog name popularity

If you’re struggling to think of a name for your English Springer Spaniel, take a look at the most popular ones at Tesco Pet Insurance for inspiration.

Dog name popularity
Molly
Poppy
Charlie
Alfie
Max

Average treatment costs

Wondering whether pet insurance for your English Springer Spaniel is worth it? We’ve put together the top five conditions claimed for by Tesco Pet Insurance customers in 2015, and the average cost of treatment.

ConditionAverage treatment cost
Arthritis and degenerative joint disease£219.93
Cruciate rupture£1,039.86
Wound£357.97
Lameness£363.26
Tumour £515.00

Tesco Pet Insurance claims data from paid treatments including excesses from 01/01/15 to 31/12/15.

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Grooming advice

English Springer Spaniels have two layers to their coat – an insulating undercoat and a medium-length wavy topcoat – which means this breed is practically weatherproof. Your dog will need to be brushed at least three times a week to be kept looking his glossy best, and to avoid the fur becoming tangled. You might want to take him to be professionally groomed every two or three months.

Be sure to check and clean his long, floppy ears as part of your grooming routine  – this means any ear infections can be caught early on and you can spot any wax build-up or redness.

Like all dogs, English Springer Spaniels need to have their nails kept in good condition – if you can hear them scratching on the floor when your dog is walking, it’s probably about time to trim them.

Fun & interesting facts

  • A Springer Spaniel named Bob was the ‘Monster Raving Loony Barking Mad Dog Party’ candidate and he actually stood for Parliament in 1982 (although he was not elected!).
  • Chat show host Oprah Winfrey added to her massive doggy brood in 2010 by adopting two Springers called Sunny and Lauren. They were gifted to her on her 56th birthday.
  • English Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels were the only spaniel breeds until the early 20th century. It wasn’t until 1902 that the breeds were officially separated into two.
  • The English Springer Spaniel has one of the best senses of smell of all dogs, so the breed is in high demand among police and military forces.
  • Scottish hero William Wallace is thought to have owned an English Springer Spaniel called Merlin MacDonald, who it’s said was alongside him at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Important information

KEY INFORMATION

The content on this page aims to offer an informative introduction to pet breeds, but does not constitute expert veterinary advice. If your dog or cat falls ill or has an injury, contact your vet immediately. Tesco Bank Pet Insurance has a partnership with vetfone™ which means that as a customer, you can benefit from their advice as part of your policy.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by Vetsdirect Ltd.

All facts and figures were correct at date of publication and were compiled using a range of sources.

WHAT IS VETFONE?

Vetfone™ is a 24/7 helpline that provides expert advice from nurses qualified with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons). If your pet has a medical emergency, or you need reassurance on grooming, feeding or general advice, vetfone™ is there to help.

As a Tesco Pet Insurance customer, you can access expert veterinary advice provided by RCVS registered vet nurses as a standard benefit with your policy, and the service is provided at no additional cost. A quick call could answer any questions you have about your pet, give you peace of mind and could even save you an expensive trip to the vet.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance is arranged, administered and underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc. The vetfone™ service is provided by Vetsdirect Ltd.

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