Breed Info

English Springer Spaniel

This high-spirited tail-wagger needs at least one long vigorous run every day. Without exercise an English Springer Spaniel can be a boisterous handful, especially when young.

His opinion of strangers varies from friendly to reserved. Most are good watchdogs, but not guardians.

Caution: There can be some genetic based behavioural issues lurking in the background of some lines. Early socialization and stable parents are essential in this breed.

Most English Springers are gregarious with other animals, though there is some same-sex aggression.

Some individuals can be so persistently affectionate that they become clingy, which can result in separation anxiety and destructiveness when left alone.

Many Springers love getting into puddles and water bowls and tracking mud through the house. This is not a dainty breed, nor one for fastidious housekeepers.

 

If you want a dog who…

  • Is medium-sized and sturdy
  • Has a pretty feathered coat in a variety of colours
  • Thrives on vigorous athletic activities
  • Has a tail-wagging nature
  • Is usually polite with everyone
  • Is usually peaceful with other pets

An English Springer Spaniel may be right for you.

If you don’t want to deal with…

  • Providing enough exercise to keep him satisfied and avoid rambunctiousness
  • “Separation anxiety” (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
  • Frightening dominance/aggression that can suddenly flare up in some Springers
  • Fearfulness or shyness when not socialized enough
  • Frequent brushing, combing, and clipping of the silky coat
  • Shedding
  • Excitable or submissive urination (tendency to dribble urine when excited or nervous)
  • Serious health problems

An English Springer Spaniel may not be right for you.

Cocker Spaniel

The Standard says, “His enthusiasm in the field and the incessant action of his tail while at work indicate how much he enjoys the hunting for which he was bred.”

With more sporting instincts than the American Cocker Spaniel, the lively English Cocker Spaniel likes more exercise.

When well socialized, the English Cocker Spaniel has a merry tail-wagging nature and is sweet and gentle with everyone. Some are on the reserved side, and there is timidity and excessive submissiveness in some lines.

This equable dog is responsive to persuasive obedience training that includes praise and food rewards.

Unless taught to be independent, some individuals are so persistently affectionate that they become clingy and demanding of attention.

 

If you want a dog who…

  • Is conveniently sized and athletic
  • Has a pretty feathered coat in a variety of colours
  • Is lively and playful, with a tail-wagging nature
  • Is usually polite with everyone
  • Is peaceful with other pets

An English Cocker Spaniel may be right for you.

If you don’t want to deal with…

  • “Separation anxiety” (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
  • Frequent brushing, combing, and clipping of the silky coat
  • Considerable shedding
  • Potential for excessive barking
  • Excitable or submissive urination (tendency to dribble urine when excited or nervous)

An English Cocker Spaniel may not be right for you.