English Springer Spaniels of Distinction
A brief introduction to the English Springer Spaniel
1985, and becoming seriously involved in the breed in 1986. Other breeders will no doubt have different views.
I have a library of books and have travelled the world studying my chosen breed - but most of all, each and every one of my Springers has taught me a bit more - may I never stop learning. I
have qualifications in Canine Behaviour and Canine husbandry from Massey Veterinary College in NZ
Pleaser whatever breed you choose do not support the puppy mills who churn out cross bred pups with no regard to the welfare of either parents or the pups. For horror stories go to.
Why Choose a Springer?
They are a sturdy breed. Usually Springers are good eaters and can live indoors or out. But to thrive, a Springer must have human companionship. They are a happy dog with a
merry tail (now undocked), eagerly anticipating your next move so he or she can please you. Provide food, love and a safe environment and you will be repaid tenfold.
Springers are delightful dogs - to quote:
"Here we have a family companion with whom the children can play, that mum or dad can take jogging, that has medium care coat, that won't bite the visitors but has National Dog - May 1992
size and bark to deter burglars, that eats anything including Macdonald’s if there is nothing else and generally not only kennels well but adapts to changing
In addition the Springer is a dog who can work the game with enthusiasm and dexterity.
Before taking on a Springer please consider the following:
Your Springer can be:
- - a loyal friend and companion
- - fun to be with
- - a privilege
- - a major responsibility
- - a long term commitment (Springers often live 14 years plus)
Your Springer will demand:
- - time
- - money
- - energy
- - ability
Your Springer puppy is not:
- - a toy to be played with and then discarded
- - another human being
- - a canine status symbol
Properly looked after, your Cardhu Springer will reward you with years of pleasure. In return for your time and effort in providing for its needs, it will display a loyalty that many people
claim is greater than human friendship.
The Origins of the Breed (In a nutshell)
There are several theories of the origins of Springer Spaniels and many authorities say that the ancestral stock was developed in Spain over 600 years ago.
Originally called the Springing Spaniel, the Springer was named because they flush game from cover, not holding a scent.
Several different varieties such as the Cocker and Sussex Spaniel are said to originate from the original Springer strain. Sometimes one litter would contain dogs who would
eventually be registered as either Cocker or Springer Spaniels; the adult breed being determined by the size and use rather than bloodlines. Around 1900 the English were
breeding for large Spaniels (Springer) and smaller ones (the Cocker), it is said that some dogs started their show careers as Cockers and as their age and size increased they
were shown as Springers. Nowadays there are many more differences between the breeds than mere size.
The English Springer Spaniel was recognised by the English Kennel Club in 1902. In 1921 a standard (the description of what a Springer should look like) was set in the UK, this
is the basis for the standard used in Australia today.
As with people each Springer is an individual. However as a general rule Springers are friendly, biddable, loyal and outgoing. They love to be with people, they will be active if you
are but will happily laze around if nothing much is happening.They are not a breed that needs to be continually entertained and stimulated.
Providing they are socialised early ( a proviso for all breeds) they are very good with other dogs.
How big will my puppy grow?
Springers are supposed to measure around 51cm (20") at the top of the shoulders. In practice most Springers end up between 19 and 22", generally dogs are slightly bigger than
This is enlarged upon in the handout I provide to all new owners. Springers are classified as “moderate” in terms of the amount of exercise and care required.
As with all dogs they require regular grooming, particularly if they grow profuse coat. A weekly comb out in front of the TV will do the job, more information is contained in my full
Ears should be kept clean with the right preparations - in my twenty plus years in the breed i have never had ear problems with my Springers.
You must have a fenced yard which need not be huge as long as you can include regular walks. Springers were developed to work with people, and so have a very biddable nature.
Children and Springers:
If you have very young children (or are considering one shortly) think carefully about a Springer, or any dog for that matter, be sure you are prepared to invest the time to ensure your
puppy grows into a well behaved adult.
Springers loooove children and are exceptionally tolerant, however they are a reasonably large dog and pups can be boisterous. They can knock a child down unless they are
supervised and trained, an adult Springer will (if you've put the time into training) quickly understand the correct behaviour around a child. BUT NEVER leave small children and any
dog alone together unsupervised.
I don't have a problem with the concept of owning a dog whilst the owner/s are working full time. Obviously you must ask yourself if you are prepared to make the time investment
after hours, but the rewards are considerable, to come home after a hard day to find a best mate ready to listen to all the problems without reproach.
I will reiterate however that Springers are people dogs, if your work and interests leave little time for walks, talks (Springers will understand everything you say) and the rubbing of
tummies; it may be better if you think of postponing the purchase of any dog.
The above material is copy write to Cardhu Kennels. (April 2009) This material is greatly expanded upon in my breed introduction which I am happy to send out, it is important
to me - and to you- that you make the right doggy decision.
For a full breed introduction please email me