English Springer Spaniel Review

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“I've owned English Springer Spaniels as pets and...”

Written on: 21/09/2007 by Dogmad (33 reviews written)

Good Points
Biddable, loyal, medium size dogs

Bad Points
High energy, intelligence can work against them.

General Comments
I've owned English Springer Spaniels as pets and worked springers for well over 30 years.



I've worked them as detection dogs, and as working gundogs, their original use.



I would go against the grain of other reviews here and say that they are not necessarily good pets, they are very intelligent and do need to use their brains, if not used they can become bored, destructive and a real pain to own.



The solution to this is good training and firm handling, if you say no you must mean no and every member of the family should respect this, other wise you are sending the dog mixed messages.



They are a high energy dog bred to work all day, there is a problem with this, the more exercise you give them in an attempt to tire them out the fitter they get, so requiring more exercise.



The solution is to exercise their bodies and brains together, using their brains tires them out and they are more content in life.



I now work in Springer spaniel rescue and I can say that as lovely a breed as they are they can develop the same problems as any other breed, that is to say some can bite, some won't tolerate other dogs, become possessive of items, food or their owners owners and any other dog problem you can think of. I've had to reluctantly agree to have aggressive springers put to sleep, just as other breeds are put to sleep for aggression.



The solution, if you are thinking of getting a springer spaniel, do your research, realise you have to invest in training them, something that will pay dividends as they get older, and go in with your eyes wide open, and probably most importantly at the beginning socialise the puppies at every opportunity.

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Chrisyuk's Response to Dogmad's Review

Written on: 23/09/2007

Well said mate, on the whole, just thought you should of explained how all dogs, regardless of the breed and with a few exemptions such as inter-breeding, are born as ' empty vessels ' - what you put in is what you get out. i specialize in k9 security and whilst i do agree that certain breeds are predisposed to be better guard dogs, aggression isn't inherent. The owner has almost complete control over the dogs temperament. That puppy comes to you as a 7-8 week fur ball and the destiny of it is almost soley down to you, if it is aggressive ( and of good breeding ) the training is usually lacking. Don't blame the dog, or breed, blame the owner !!!

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366960_Julieavon's Response to Dogmad's Review

Written on: 16/05/2008

I found this review helpful because...I owned a springer for 10 years (rescued age 4) who died aged 14. I have now waited almost 10 years to have another. This time am planning a puppy so need to wait until retirement (early!) as don't intend to leave dog alone. Have read extensively about dog behaviour and help out at a dog training class (not in a training capacity). I prefer the look of the working type but understand this not a good idea due to massive energy level etc. Looking at trying to find a puppy with the look of the working type but with more show characteristics i.e. more likely to be suitable for a pet dog, I do plan to train the puppy from 9 weeks and continue on to do agility if possible. My husband and I are well aware of the challenges that lay ahead but any advice very welcome.

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