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English Springer Spaniel
MBISS, Canadian and American Champion
Gleneire's Soaring Above (aka "Hawk")

Photo courtesy of GLENEIRE (Perm. Reg'd.)
Established 1972.
Owner/operator: Ms. Bertie Nielson

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Great Britain


Male: Ideal height at the shoulders is 20 inches (51 cm) - Female: Ideal height at the shoulders is 19 inches (48.5 cm)


Approx. 49 to 55 lbs (22-25 kg)
Field-bred dogs are slightly lighter than those bred for the show ring.

Breed Profile:

For centuries, the English Springer Spaniel breed was among favourites with sportsmen in Britain. He is so named because he was used to "spring" at game to make it get up and run or fly away.

The English Springer is quick to learn, eager to please, attentive and very friendly. He enjoys life as a family companion but is a very able dog in the field as well. With a presence that suggests pride, power, endurance, agility, style, balance and enthusiasm, the English Springer has the distinct spaniel character. He is a cheerful dog with a sense of humour, affectionate, good with children, and a good watch dog who does not bark without reason. English Springer Spaniels are active in conformation, hunting, obedience, agility, flyball, tracking and as therapy dogs.

A medium-sized sporting dog with a compact body, the ESS is well-proportioned. His coat is of medium-length with a glossy appearance and sufficiently dense to be waterproof and weatherproof. He has some feathering on the ears, chest, legs and belly. His coat may be liver or black with white markings, liver and white with tan markings, black and white with tan markings, blue or liver roan, or predominantly white with tan, black or liver markings. His pendulous ears, soft gentle expression, sturdy build and friendliness make him an unmistakable member of the family of spaniels.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a English Springer Spaniel puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Recommended Health Screening:

For the English Springer Spaniel, the CHIC* database includes health screenings for:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye Examination by a board Ophthalmologist
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
  • DNA Bank
  • AKC DNA Profile
  • Also listed as "Optional": Fucosidosis; Phosphofructokinase Deficiency (PFK) DNA Test; Degenerative Myelopathy; Autoimmune Thyroiditis; Congenital Cardiac Database; and Canine Good Citizen Certification
* CHIC - The Canine Health Information Center - "is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers." To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org

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