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English Springer Spaniel (Show Type)

General Description

In appearance, they can vary but tend to be of lighter build and longer than tall, whereas the show type is slightly larger and broader. Working Springers can be pretty small, their ears are set higher on the head, and their coats are much shorter and less feathered than their show counterparts.

General Health

The potential health problems that English Springer Spaniels are prone to include: Hip dysplasia – hip joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis. Elbow dysplasia – elbow joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis.

Hereditary Illnesses

Heart disease, liver disease, epilepsy -- the Springer is at risk for all of them. Phosphofructokinase (PFK) deficiency is a genetic disease that occurs in both field and show lines of English Springer Spaniels.

Character and Temperament

Cheerful, affectionate, active, intelligent, alert and attentive

Exercise

At least 60 minutes per day

Grooming

Regular grooming

Origin

The English springer spaniel comes from the spaniels that were popular as far back as the 1500s as hunting companions in England.


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