Everything you need to know to buy or adopt an English Springer Spaniel puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting an English Springer Spaniel

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is an English Springer Spaniel the right breed for you?

English Springer Spaniels: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

English Springer Spaniel Health Problems


Are YOU right for an English Springer Spaniel?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your English Springer Spaniel stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, tracking, flyball, frisbee, field trials); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate to a lot, depending on the length and thickness of coat
  • Trimming/clipping – a lot, every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems English Springer Spaniels are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with moderate/heavy shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your English Springer Spaniel to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your English Springer Spaniel, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female English Springer Spaniel?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

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What age should your new English Springer Spaniel be?


Where can you buy or adopt an English Springer Spaniel?

English Springer Spaniels are very common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, English Springer Spaniels rank 26th. They're easy to find.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
English Springers are often available from Dog Rescue groups. English Springers may be turned over to Rescue because they need much more exercise than the owner realized. Owners often give up their English Springer Spaniel for behavioral problems such as over-exuberance, or dominance, or shyness. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking.

Other Springer Spaniels are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
English Springer Spaniels can be found here, although shelter personnel might label any small spaniel as a cocker and any medium-sized spaniel as a springer, even when they're not. Springer rescue groups also keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country, and if an English Springer Spaniel turns up at a shelter, the rescue group does try to move the dog into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy an English Springer Spaniel from a show breeder, who breeds English Springer Spaniels to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring.

Or you can buy an English Springer Spaniel from a performance breeder, who emphasizes an energetic temperament and strong working drives for hunting. Some breeders are a combination of show/performance, though how they prioritize those two goals can vary greatly.

You can also buy an English Springer Spaniel from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of an English Springer Spaniel puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal elbows

Also, at least ONE PARENT of an English Springer Spaniel puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called PRA.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your English Springer Spaniel ends up lame from bad hips and elbows, and blind.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
English Springer Spaniels are found quite often in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of English Springer Spaniel puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered English Springer Spaniel puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

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