The Springer Spaniel

Family pet

The English Springer spaniel has become a popular breed over the years for its cheerful energy and has proven to be a great family dog. However, it is important to give these bundles of fun, love and energy, training and plenty of exercise, or they might get up to mischief!

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What makes the Springer such a good Gundog?

The name ‘Springer’ comes from the use of this type of spaniel to ‘flush’ out or ‘spring’ birds out of the bushes or long grass. The English Springer, with his black-and-white or liver-and-white markings, is the traditional dog for the rough-shooter – they will work tirelessly all day long and are prepared to face the roughest challenges, ready to enter water even if they have to break through ice to do it, with a thick coat that is tough and water resistant.

Sniffer-dog hero

Our springer spaniel friends have one of the best senses of smell of all the dog breeds, which has made them handy detection dogs and employees of the police and military! This talented breed has been used to sniff out bombs, drugs, counterfeit cash, evidence in crime scenes and more. One famous military English Springer spaniel, Buster, received the Dicken Medal, a military award for animals who serve in war, as he went on five tours in Afghanistan saving lives by sniffing out arms, explosives and bomb-making kits. What a hero!

“Pawlitical” claim to fame

During his time as Vice President and President of the United States of America, George Bush had a devoted English Springer spaniel alongside him, known as Millie. He even mentioned Millie and her pawlitical genius in his re-election campaign stating against his rivals, ‘My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos.’