English Springer Spaniel Traits
English Springer Spaniels are Unique Dogs
What is interesting about Springers is that they seem to have some unique personality and trait tendencies. Before my first field Springer, Lady, I didn't have much knowledge about this great breed of dog. Through my many years of having Lady, that changed. I learned how they are a warm, caring animal that would do anything for their owner. I also learned they have some traits that make them one of a kind.
My Dearly Beloved Lady
When I had my Lady, who I unfortunately lost, I used to wonder why she would "sprawl" all the time. She would have her legs straight out, knees bent, while directly on her back. She would also be curled as if trying to make herself into the shape of the letter S!
The "Springer Sprawl"
Sure, I had seen dogs laying on their backs before, but this one was different. As I became more familiar with the breed, I came to notice other Springer owners had the same term that I was using for the behavior, the Springer sprawl. As well as inviting a nice belly rub from their masters, the sprawl is also a sign of trust.
Keeping Them Away From Mud Is a Futile Effort
Lady was a pretty lucky girl. Nearly every day, she had the opportunity to go to a horse farm, where she would roll and play in the mud and, well . . . roll in other things, too. The inside joke was that it was the "self-cleaning spaniel" as it would come home and shed the day's contents all over the house. Needless to say, thank you for the existence of vacuums.
Even after a bath, she would demand to go outside and roll that nice, clean fragrance right off herself. Lady was for sure a mud and dirt aficionado extraordinaire and could not control the temptation.
Lady Doing Some Scenting
Another common behavior in Springers is the need to stick their noses out of the window when riding in the car. Lady would go to the top of the door and patiently wait for someone to put the window down. We would open the window a crack, and she would get that nose right out there and instantly sniff the air while going down the road. Springers have one of the best noses in the dog world, and they use it collect information about their surroundings at all times—not only when in the car.
Unfortunately, one common trait of Springers is separation anxiety. This breed needs to please and be one with their owners and does not react well when not given enough attention. While it is sometimes necessary to be apart from your dog, certain breeds do not react well to being left alone for long periods of time, and the Springer is a prime example of this.
Barking, chewing, and destruction can be the aftermath, and when I personally hear a story of a neglected Springer or any dog, it is very upsetting. So please, even though I highly recommend adopting or getting a Springer, please think of these important considerations.
Having a Springer Is Fun!
I love the spirit of these dogs. I enjoy learning new things about the breed and listening to people's stories. I want everyone to know and learn about how great a breed these dogs are. Springers are highly trainable, good with children and adapt well with cats if introduced properly. There are dogs in need of a wonderful new home, and various Springer rescue organizations work hard to get the homes that these animals need.
Older animals have experience being great dogs, too, and this could be the avenue to meet your new Springer friend. These dogs want to have fun, and we want to have fun . . . what could be better?
Cute Springer Spaniel Doing Tricks
Be Sure to Also Check Out:
- English Springer Spaniel Varieties and Characteristics
From home to farm and everywhere in between, the hearty springer has carved quite the niche for itself.
- ESSFTA - English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association
The ESSFTA is comprised of and dedicated to people who love English Springer Spaniels. This web site aims to provide you with current and accurate information
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