The English springer spaniel was traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game. They are strong and well behaved, along with being able to quickly to learn and respond. Springer spaniels are easily controlled, not shy or aggressive. Often dogs end up in rescues and shelters because owners fail to research the breed before adoption. By learning how to properly care for your pet, you can gain a new best friend.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Spay or neuter your springer spaniel to prevent ovarian or testicular cancer. Spay the female before her first heat period. Neuter the male before the age of four.
Take your spaniel on regular medical checkups with a veterinarian annually. For senior spaniels or dogs with pre-existing medical conditions, regular check-ups should occur every six months. Keep its vaccinations, flea and heartworm preventatives current.
Keep your spaniel on a healthy diet, as English springer spaniels are prone to obesity. Feed your spaniel high-quality commercial dog food that is preserved with vitamin E or other natural preservatives. Find food that consists of high-quality meat instead of meat by-products. Do not overfeed with excessive treats.
Brush your spaniel regularly with stiff bristles. If your spaniel has a long coat, comb it after outside activity. Springer spaniels' coats tend to matt with leaves and twigs easily.
Give your spaniel plenty of exercise everyday outdoors. Determine your spaniel's energy level. If it has a high level of energy, it might require two long walks and games everyday. If it has a low level of energy, one short walk and a quick game of fetch might be sufficient.
Tips and warnings
- Bathe your English springer spaniel at least once a week to keep its coat healthy.
- Springer Spaniels may be prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), blood clotting disorders such as hemophilia, and epilepsy.
- English Springer Spaniels don't normally fare well if left alone for long periods, and have a tendency to bark.
- The Springer Spaniel has an instinct to hunt down birds, which can be dangerous to your dog (as well as the bird).
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