The English Springer Spaniel
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Breed Character Summary
The Springer is an affectionate and easy-going family dog, and its alertness and attentiveness also make it the ideal hunting companion. An intelligent dog, and always eager to please, a Springer is easily incorporated into a family setting. Although generally good with children, it does tend to have a moderate to very high energy level.
Its long-legged build makes it among the fastest of all the spaniels. It has almost unlimited stamina and needs plenty of activity. As much as 2 hours per day, to focus its mind and to provide it's necessary exercise requirements.
"Field-bred dogs tend to have shorter, coarser coats than the show-bred dogs. Their ears are much less pendulous. Field-bred dogs are normally wirier and have more of a feral look than their show-bred cousins". (Fergus, 2002). The tail of the field bred dog is only docked by a few inches in comparison to the show dog to provide a "flag" for the hunter. Field-bred dogs are generally always selected for nose, hunting ability, and trainability rather than their appearance.