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The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog, with a compact body and a docked tail. His coat is moderately long, with feathering on his legs, ears, chest and brisket. His pendulous ears, soft gentle expression, sturdy build and friendly wagging tail proclaim him unmistakably a member of the ancient family of Spaniels. He is above all a well-proportioned dog, free from exaggeration, nicely balanced in every part. His carriage is proud and upstanding, body deep, legs strong and muscular, with enough length to carry him with ease. Taken as a whole, the English Springer Spaniel suggests power, endurance and agility. He looks the part of a dog that can go, and keep going, under difficult hunting conditions. At his best, he is endowed with style, symmetry, balance and enthusiasm, and is every inch a sporting dog of distinct spaniel character, combining beauty and utility.
Black or liver with white markings or predominantly white with black or liver markings; Blue or liver roan; Tricolor: black and white or liver and white with tan markings.
The Springer is an affectionate and easy-going family dog, and its alertness and attentiveness make it the ideal hunting companion. Springers are friendly, eager to please, quick to learn and willing to obey.
The English Springer Spaniel is an old breed, appearing in paintings as early as the 1600s. They were bred to be hunting dogs; mainly birds. SpringerÆs got their name from the action they would take when flushing out the prey. They have long maintained their hunting status and popularity throughout the ages.