English Springer Spaniels are an interesting and unique breed. Not only do they make great and loyal companions for today's families, they have a history dating back hundreds of years. Since then they've made quite a name for themselves in the dog world.
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English Springer Spaniels were considered an ideal hunting dog during the Renaissance period.
English Springer Spaniels originated in Spain and were most likely transported to England by the Romans.
English Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels were considered the same breed until the late 1800s. In 1902, they were officially granted separate breed status by the England Kennel Club. They are now considered cousins.
English Springer Spaniels get their name from their ability to spring forward and urge birds out of hiding during hunting. For this, they are prized as working dogs by many an owner.
English Springer Spaniels became popular in the United States in the 1920s. After that, there was no stopping the breed. They were a popular gundog throughout the 20th century and are still used today.
English Springer Spaniels were divided into two distinct bloodlines, field and bench, only 70 years ago. Many people believe the two types should be considered different breeds.
English Springer Spaniels American Kennel Club standard was formed in 1927 and revised in 1932.
English Springer Spaniels are great watchdogs. If the family's eating dinner and someone new knocks on the door, the dog will give an alert. Still, they'll quickly warm up to any welcomed strangers and ask for a belly rub.
English Springer Spaniels love water. They love to swim and splash. They will even play around in the mud if given an opportunity. They don't mind taking baths.
Since 1963, English Springer Spaniels have won best of breed six times at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The average height of an adult English Springer Spaniel is 18-20 inches.
English Springer Spaniels typically live to be between 10 and 14 years old.
English Springer Spaniels generally love other animals. Unfortunately, they can't live in the same household as birds because it is a Spaniels natural instinct to hunt.
There are dozens of English Springer Spaniel rescue foundations across the United States.
English Springer Spaniels eyes are hazel or brown, depending on the color of their fur.
English Springer Spaniels can gain weight easily. So, owners must avoid overfeeding. Table food is also a no-no.
If properly socialized, English Springer Spaniels are good with kids.
English Springer Spaniels wag their tails like crazy when happy or excited.
English Springer Spaniels love attention. They don't like being left home alone.
English Springer Spaniels are excellent companions with a lot to offer their owners. They do have a few quirks, but most owners find this breed makes a perfect fit in their homes.