Non-sporting Breeds

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 20 in (51 cm) Bitch: 19 in (48.5cm)
Weight: 49-55 lb (22-25kg)
Coat: Close, straight, and weather-resistant; never coarse
Color: Liver and white, black and white, or either of these with tan markings

The English Springer is one of the oldest of the British spaniels, with the exception of the Clumber. The land spaniel written about in 1570 by the historian Dr Caius was obviously a forerunner of the Springer. It was originally used for flushing or springing game from cover before shotguns were in use. For a time it was known as the Norfolk Spaniel, named after either a Norfolk family that kept a strain of "springing" spaniels prior to 1900 or the breed's place of origin in the county of Norfolk in England. Sir Thomas Boughey, who helped establish the modern breed, had Springers with a pedigree traceable to a bitch that whelped in 1812. Sir Thomas's family retained an interest in the breed until the 1930s and many of today's field trials champions are descendants of his strain. The English Springer Spaniel Club was formed in the UK in 1921, but the breed had found fame as a "bird dog" in the United States long before. The English Springer Spaniel is an intelligent, loyal, and popular gundog that also makes a reliable housepet and is good with children. The breed needs plenty of exercise, a daily brushing, and regular checks to ensure that mud does not become lodged in its paws or its ears. The Springer may not be a good choice for the house proud because it tends to have a good shake when it comes indoors out of the rain.
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