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English springer spaniel

English springer spaniel
Introduction
The English springer spaniel group of dog breeds is better known as Springer Spaniels. The Springer spaniels are compact sized dogs that belong to the sporting or gun dog category of dog breeds. The Spaniels were long described in 1576. In 1899, the English springer spaniel group of dogs got recognition under the Sporting Spaniel Society and the Spaniel Club of England. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a group of gun dogs in the year 1902. They were even used as sniffer or detection dogs and assisted in detecting explosives with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and others. One of the most notable English springer spaniel called Buster who is a Dickin Medal recipient and the one who assisted the former army for searching explosive materials. In ancient times, they also served as hunting dogs and assisted their masters in poaching games.
English springer spaniel – At a glance
The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your English springer spaniels: -
• Breed type: Pure breed (this breed of dogs is recognized by the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, New Zealand Kennel Club, American Canine Registry, Dog Registry of America, Inc., Canadian Kennel Club and others).
• Height: The males have an average height of 19 to 22 inches whereas the females have an average height of 19 to 19 inches.
• Weight: The males have an average weight of 40 to 55 pounds whereas the females have an average weight of 40 to 50 pounds.
• Life Span: They have an average life expectancy of 9 to 14 years.
• Available coat colors: They come in several color combinations ranging from blue, black, brown, reddish brown, mixture of other colors with white hair, tri colored coats and other types.
• The hair on the coat is short and coarse and these dogs are average shedders.
Temperament and Personality traits
The Springer spaniel is an even tempered dog. They have extreme stamina and energy. These dogs are very intelligent and they occupy the thirteenth position on the Stanley Coren’s scale which is used for measuring Intelligence in dogs. Your Springer Spaniels can mingle with children very well as well as with other pets if they are brought up together since child hood. However, they can bite when there tail or ears are pulled.
One of the major problems with spaniels is unnecessary barking. They will bark if they are bored of or at almost everything they are not familiar with.
They may also develop extreme separation... Read More

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