About Springer Spaniels
Before deciding to give a home to a Springer some truthful knowledge about the breed may be worth reading.Springer spaniels come in four coat colours. These are Liver with white,Black with white, Liver,white with tan and black,white with tan( both known as tri-coloured).
You may have noticed quite a variation in the sizes ,colours and attitudes of any springers you may have met.This is because as well as the two distinct show and working types there are the ones who have a parent who came from each type.So read on to see what help we can be in helping you make your choice.
Would the bigger, heavier boned and heavier coated Show type be best for you?
Can make a calmer pet when trained as historically bred for their looks not work.
Are just as clever and active as their working cousins.
Their beautiful flowing locks need upkeep.Either regular trips to a groomer (about every 6-8 weeks) or learning the basic skills of grooming so that you can do a good DIY haircut.
Heavier ear hair can prove troublesome as heat and moisture remains trapped in the ear canal and can produce nasty infections unless routinely checked, cleaned and treated.
Some breed lines may give a large, strong dog with attitude, beautiful but often dominant and hard to handle, especially the boys.
Perhaps the smaller, lighter working type may suit you better.
Smaller and lighter to handle.Generally less coat and feathering.Less ear covering improves air flow so less chance of infection. A regular brushing will keep coat looking good. With consistent, calm training they make active, biddable companions for really active people.
Their ancestors have been bred to work in the field.They instinctively want to be busy.They need to be stimulated both mentally and physically. As these Springers often work away from their handler and make their own decisions, they need a reason and training to stay close.
If you have a busy life filled with work and social activity that mean you have only a short time to give to a dog then a Springer is NOT the dog for you.Both types enjoy company and both types need activity to keep them fit and well. They do best in a home where their time alone is limited to a few hours. Where the family enjoy walking whatever the weather. Where they are part of the family and share most family activities.You get out of any dog what you put in to it. Training, grooming and general care are all time consuming.
Also consider the cost of caring for your dog.Factor in food, vet costs(neutering, vaccinations,microchipping and worming), pet health Insurance, holiday care cost and suitable collar, lead and disc.Any vets consultation has a set cost as well as the cost of treatment and medicines.
Talk to people who live with the breed.Most dog owners love to talk about their dogs.Make sure you are not allergic to dog hair.Spend extended time with a dog to make sure you have no unpleasant reaction following exposure to their coat and hair.