English Springer Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel, "James", crowned at Sixth Annual
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Earning a $50,000 cash prize and the title of AKC/Eukanuba
National Champion, James was crowned the nations top dog at the
conclusion of the two-day competition held in Long Beach, CA. Dec. 2-3, 2006.
Best in Show judge Robert S. Forsyth of Pinehurst, NC awarded the National
Champion title to James.
English Springer Spaniel Ch Felicitys Diamond Jim, known as
James of Fairfax Station, VA handled by Kellie L. Fitzgerald and
owned by Mr. & Mrs. Allen Patton, R. Dehmel and D. Hadsall.
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dogs in the world and oversees more than 18,000 competitions for AKC-registered
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English Springer Spaniel - Dog Breed Profile
Size: Small - medium
Height: About 51 cm (20
Weight: About 23 kg (50 lb)
Life Span: 13 years
Country of Origin: England
AKC Group: Sporting
The English Springer Spaniel is eager,
willing, intelligent and active. English Springer Spaniels are able to adapt to
either country or city life and make ideal family pets. They are loyal and
affectionate towards their family and make good watchdogs. This breed get along
with children, household animals and strangers. Training English Springer
Spaniels is usually straightforward with their intelligence and pliable nature.
The coat needs to be brushed regularly and
the excess hair in the ear canal and below the ear needs to be removed for
adequate ventilation. English Springer Spaniels also need occasional trimming
to keep the coat looking neat and tidy.
English Springer Spaniels tend to adapt to
the family activities for their exercise needs. But they do enjoy retrieving,
swimming and long walks.
Apart from the Clumber Spaniel, this breed is
the root from which all English land spaniels originated from. Because the
sizes varied, spaniels were put into different classifications, due to being
utilized for different purposes. In the 1800s, spaniels that were under 6.7kg
(14 lb) were considered as lap (toy) spaniels; from 6.7 - 13kg (14-28 lb) they
were known as Cocking Spaniels and the ones over 13kg (28 lb) were called Field
Spaniels, English or Welsh Springer Spaniels. It was not until the 20th century
that the English Springer Spaniel was separated from the others and became a
General Appearance: Well-balanced,
compact and steady.
Color: Liver/white, black/white, with or without tan.
Coat: Flat, close, water-resistant, straight with some feathering on the
ears, forelegs, body and hindquarters.
Tail: Set low, commonly docked,
never carried above the level of the back and well feathered.
Ears: Set at
eye level, lobular, reasonable length, hanging close to the head and slightly
Body: The body is strong and well proportioned. They tend to be
heavier and long-legged than other spaniels. The chest is deep and the
shoulders are sloping and well laid back.
Additional Comments: English Springer Spaniels perform well in
both agility and obedience competitions.
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English Springer Spaniel - Dog Breeds - Dog.com
English Springer is a member of the British family of spaniels. These hunting
dogs are used before the gun to "spring" or flush birds into the air so that
the hunter can shoot them. Cockers and springers were once found in the same
litter. The smaller ones were used for woodcock and became known as cockers.
The larger ones became known as "springer" or "starter" spaniels and eventually
became a separate breed. The versatility and hunting prowess of the English
Springer makes it the spaniel of choice for hunters in the United States. It
was accepted into the AKC in 1932.
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The Sporting Group includes pointers,
setters, retrievers and many spaniels. This group of fairly active dogs is
composed of a wide variety of breeds, which were developed to aid hunters by
finding, flushing out and retrieving game.
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The English Springer Spaniel is a remarkable breed. However, to
best insure a satisfying and long-term relationship (for both you and the dog),
we recommend you thoroughly research each breed that interests you.
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