If you're looking for a good companion or a family dog, the English Springer Spaniel may be the breed for you. English Springer Spaniels are generally even-tempered and friendly pets. They are energetic, but obedient. So, they're great for households with children.
English Springer Spaniels enjoy spending time with people, playing and cuddling. They are intelligent and learn quickly. They welcome attention and praise. They are generally well behaved.
Still, like any breed, they require training. It is important to set ground rules early on. The dog must learn to respect its owner. Reward the dog for good behavior. Ignore negative behavior if possible. Training classes are a good idea.
If children are involved, ease them into the relationship. The dog must feel comfortable and understand a child's energetic behavior is not intended as a threat. Then, they will behave around the child.
It's important that the family or individual adopting an English Springer Spaniel be able to exercise the dog regularly. The breed can live in apartments, as long as they get enough time outside and have access to an average size grassy area. They enjoy long walks and playtime off their leash. Most of the time, the breed prefers to relax while indoors. They will sit or play with a toy while the family watches television. Inside, they are easy-going.
Still, Springer Spaniels don't love being left home alone. They have a tendency to bark a lot when their owners are away. They can also exhibit destructive behavior while alone. So, it is best to take precautionary measures. Crate training or other ways to limit the dog's access to the house while away are good ideas.
In general, English Springer Spaniels are good with other pets, with the exception of birds. Due to their natural hunting instincts, they cannot live with birds. In addition, English Springer Spaniels sometimes clash with same-sex dogs. If you already have a dog, it's best to consider an English Springer Spaniel of the opposite sex.
English Springer Spaniels are generally healthy dogs but there are some potential health problems. The breed is prone to hip dysplasia and progressive retinal apathy. They also gain weight easily, so it is important not to overfeed. Adult male dogs should generally stay between 45 and 55 pounds. Females should stay between 40 and 50 pounds. This is another reason why exercise is important. Generally, the animal's life expectancy is between 12 and 14 years.
Overall, English Springer Spaniels make great companions. They can live in big cities, suburban neighborhoods or rural settings. They love to play fetch, run and jump. They enjoy car rides. They love to take naps with their owners. They are alert, attentive and best of all, loving.