The English springer spaniel


Here are some of my favorite quotes form the breed standard:

General Appearance

Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.

Characteristics

Breed is of ancient and pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding and springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun.


The ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE
Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.

CHARACTERISTICS
Breed is of ancient and pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs, original purpose was finding and springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun.

TEMPERAMENT
Friendly, happy disposition, biddable. Timidity or aggression highly undesirable.

HEAD AND SKULL
Skull of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between the eyes, dying away along forehead towards occiputal bone which should not be prominent. Cheeks flat. Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes, fairly deep and square in flew. Nostrils well developed.

EYES
Medium size, almond shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw); alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes undesirable.

EARS
Lobular, good length and width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.

MOUTH
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

NECK
Good length, strong and muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.

FOREQUARTERS
Forelegs straight and well boned. Shoulders sloping and well laid. Elbows set well to body. Strong flexible pasterns.

BODY
Strong, neither too long nor too short. Chest deep, well developed. Well sprung ribs. Loin muscular, strong with slight arch and well coupled.

HINDQUARTERS
Hindlegs well let down. Stifles and hocks moderately bent. Thighs broad, muscular, well developed. Coarse hocks undesirable.

FEET
Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong full pads.

TAIL
Docked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action.
Undocked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. In balance with the rest of the dog.

MOVEMENT
Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward from the shoulder, throwing the feet well forward in an easy free manner. Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed.

COAT
Close, straight and weather resisting, never coarse. Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body and hindquarters.

COLOUR
Liver and white, black and white, or either of these colours with tan markings.

SIZE
Approximate height: 51 cm.


My english springer spaniel shall have grace elegance a happy tail and a loving heart. It would be happy go lucky rather than shy and closed off. It shall have a beautiful head and expression that shines goodness and love, it shall never be heavy or unfriendly, the expression shall be soft and caring. My true springer are happy all the time and will never feel the need to leave my side. It is loyal and has will to please. It shall be easy to train and eager to do what is asked from it. I want to take my springer on hunting one day and lay in the bed all day the next. I want the dog to get along with all other dogs and people.