The English Springer Spaniel
This dog is the godfather of the English hunting spaniels. During the Renaissance period in Europe this spaniel was the ideal hunting companion. Derived from the same litters as the Cocker Spaniel, these dogs were distinguished by their larger size and were more inclined to flush and literally spring on game. (Hence the name Springer).
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This dog has a moderately long coat, however, field dogs will typically have a shorter coat than show lines. The field dogs will also have a docked tail that is slightly longer than its showing counterpart to provide a flagging signal for its hunting master. The coat is parti-colored and largely white with black or liver markings, roan and areas of ticking.
The English Springer Spaniel is even tempered and intelligent, making him a great family dog. However, this dog needs mental and physical exercise in addition to training to ensure his obedience and keep him from becoming destructive.
This is a small, compact dog that is easy to transport and kennel at 18 to 21 inches in height and weighing between 40 and 55 pounds.