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English Springer Spaniel Traits

Updated on March 21, 2016
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I am a spaniel owner and fan of this breed. I aim to share stories through writing and spread my knowledge about these great dogs.

Lady the English Springer Spaniel
Lady the English Springer Spaniel | Source

English Springer Spaniels are Unique Dogs

What is interesting about springers, is that they really 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 one, 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 letter S! Sure, I had seen dogs laying on their backs before, but this was different. As I became more familiar with the breed, I came to notice other springer owners as well had the same term that I was using for this behaviour, the springer sprawl. As well as inviting a nice belly rub from their masters, the sprawl is also a sign of trust.

Lady Sprawling

Lady ready to accept some belly rubs
Lady ready to accept some belly rubs | Source

Keeping an English Springer Spaniel away from Mud is a Futile Effort

My field springer 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 as well. 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 herself.

Lady at Her Horse Farm

Lady with her favorite ball
Lady with her favorite ball | Source

English Springer Spaniels and Scenting

Another common behaviour in springers is the need to stick their noses out 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 out there, and instantly sniff the air while going down the road. Springers have one of the best noses in the dog world and use it collect information about their surroundings at all times it seems, and not only when in the car.

Lady Doing Some Scenting

Separation Anxiety in English Springer Spaniels

Unfortunately, one common trait of springers is severe 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 the springer. I enjoy learning new things about the breed and listening to people's stories. I want everyone to know and learn about how great these dogs are. These dogs are highly trainable, good with children and adapt well with cats if introduced properly. There are many springers in need of a wonderful new home, and various springer rescues organisations work hard to get the homes that these animals need. Older springers have experience being great dogs too, and this could be the avenue to meet your new springer friend. Springers want to have fun, we want to have fun..what could be better? Nothing.

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Lady hanging with her best feline pal, Bella the cat
Lady hanging with her best feline pal, Bella the cat | Source

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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      The English Springer Spaniel sounds like a lovely dog. I didn't really know anything about the breed before. They seem to have many of the same traits as my own three dogs (except for the Springer Sprawl). I have a Staffordshire Terrier x Kelpie, and two toy poodles. All three suffer separation anxiety and love to roll in, well if not mud, other yucky stuff like cow manure, kangaroo droppings, dead animal carcases..especially if they have just recently been bathed. Thanks for sharing about this breed.

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      Jesse Drzal 11 months ago from The United States

      Thank you, Jodah! That is a lot of dogs you have so I can see you are a fellow animal lover. I knew someone who had a Staffordshire and I am familiar with poodles as well. All great dog breeds.

    • Barbara Kay 10 months ago

      Our last dog was a Springer.

    • Debbie 9 months ago

      I have a 4 month old SS .Lily !Lost my 11 yr old in Nov,2015!Will always miss her she was my heart !I've been looking for a trace of her in Lily and today she got in my pocket and stole my tissue.Now that's what I've been looking for.And she's started that famous spring from mid floor onto the couch .Started puppy classes and we will work on the couch thing to .Much energy ......

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