When it comes to the English Springer Spaniel, there are two camps of people: those who think they’re crazy dogs and those who think they’re the best thing since sliced bread.
For those who think Springer Spaniels are crazy, they tend to point to two things: their boundless energy and their love of water.
It’s true that English Springer Spaniels are high-energy dogs – they were bred as hunting dogs, after all.
Their boundless energy and love of water are actually two of the things that make English Springer Spaniels so great. Their energy makes them perfect playmates for kids, and their love of water makes them terrific swimming companions. So, while some people may think English Springer Spaniels are crazy, we think they’re just about perfect.
What are English Springer spaniels like?
English Springer spaniels are lively, friendly dogs that make great family pets.
They are outgoing and love meeting new people, which makes them ideal companions for kids.
They also have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise, so they are best suited to families who are active and have a lot of space for them to run around.
Springers thrive on human companionship and need to be included in family activities; they are not the type of dog that can be left alone all day.
With proper training and socialisation, they make wonderful hiking and camping companions too.
Overall, English Springer spaniels are loving, playful dogs that make great additions to families who can give them the attention and exercise they need.
Are they crazy dogs?
It’s important to remember that Springer spaniels are working dogs that love being outdoors.
Like all of the spaniel breeds they need exercise, stimulation and training and, if they are not sufficiently exercised, they can become bored and will find ways of keeping themselves entertained.
This ‘entertainment’ can result in a lot of different behaviours such as chewing, barking, charging around and other things which could be considered as crazy.
However, if you can provide a Springer with a daily opportunity to ‘blow off steam’ then you will find that they are friendly, obedient and great fun to be around.
What do they need?
All dogs need exercise, but English Springer spaniels in particular require a lot of it.
They were originally bred as hunting dogs, so their energy levels are high.
A good daily walk is a must, and they will also appreciate the opportunity to run and play in a secure area.
Are they good with kids?
Absolutely. English Springer Spaniels are known for being particularly good with children.
Their friendly, outgoing nature means they love meeting new people, and their high energy levels make them great playmates for children.
In fact, if my kids were naughty and I told them off, my Springers would stand between me and the kids and bark at me for telling the kids off.
So, if you do get a Springer then be prepared as they will get up to all sorts of antics if you have adventurous children, in fact it is just like having another kid in the house.