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English Springer Spaniel Breed Profile

The English Springer Spaniel (Springer) is a friendly, affectionate, energetic and highly trainable dog. "Springer Spaniels earned their name by their practice of 'springing' forward to flush the game into nets. After the invention of guns, the breed was used to flush game from undergrowth."(The Kennel Club, 2023) 


Because of their high level of trainability, Springers are well suited to work such as hunting and scent detection. They make great family pets for an active and adventurous family!

Their bustle is merry too! Springers have a friendly wag known as a 'merry bustle'.

Millie at the River Wey, UK

Springers are a medium sized dog with a thick double coat that is water, weather and thorn proof. His body coat of medium length may be flat or wavy. The coat may be liver-and-white or black-and-white, tri-colour or blue- or liver-roan.


The ideal shoulder height for dogs is 20 in (51 cm) with females being one inch (2.5 cm) less. A well-proportioned Springer should weigh about 49-55 lb (22-25 kg). 


Health and Life Expectancy

English Springer Spaniels are generally healthy dogs, with a life expectancy of 12-14 years. There are several health and genetic screening considerations specific to the breed. Conditions sometimes seen in the breed include elbow and hip dysplasia and eye conditions. 

All Merry Bustle Springers are screened for the following:

  • Hip Evaluation (OFA)

  • Elbow Evaluation (OFA)

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation (OFA)

  • PRA Optigen DNA Test

  • PFK Disorder DNA Test


All Merry Bustle Springers go through extensive health screening and are matched to mates with complementary health, genetic traits and temperament.

Kennel Club Breed Information

Read about English Springer Spaniels on kennel club websites.

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