What a Springer Needs Temperament
Character Health Care

What a Springer Needs

A Springer needs a lot of stimulation and exercise but this will vary according to age and temperament. Almost every Springer loves to run, fields and fells are ideal but he will be just as happy being exercised in your local park.

Practically every Springer you meet will possess an instinctive love of water (except at bath time!) and is attracted to any body of water be it pond, lake, stream or sea. Muddy puddles will probably hold a particular fascination for him. An experience he will invariably want to share with YOU. Wellington boots and stout clothing are a necessity when outdoor conditions are wet.

Space is essential. A house with an enclosed garden or yard is an absolute must. Keeping a Springer in a small flat or town house is not recommended. Nor is regularly leaving them alone for hours at a time. A bored Springer, particularly a young or fretful one, can cause mischief.

A springer needs firm but gentle handling and must be taught that you are the boss. An ideal Springer owner knows the breed or has experience of similar breeds e.g. Labradors, Retrievers, other types of Spaniels, Setters and Hounds or cross-breeds who have a close gun/working dog progenitor. If you have limited or no experience with this type of energetic dog it may be best to consider a more placid breed or cross-breed. Many dogs are abandoned or given up because an owner cannot cope.

In the right home a Springer can be a wonderful and fulfilling companion. In the wrong home a Springer can be a nightmare, dominant and very difficult to control. However, if you are willing to commit yourself to becoming a Springer owner then the friendship and loyalty you will receive in return will make it all worthwhile.


The typical Springer is an extrovert by nature, friendly, eager to please, quick to learn and willing to obey. Springers are known to continue to develop and mature until they are 2 years old. However, mentally, many tend to go on thinking that they are puppies for most of their lives!!! Aggression and dominance are not common in the breed but can be a problem if not handled carefully when young. As a rule they make good companions and family dogs. Some of the less well-bred dogs can be stubborn or timid, some even resorting to nipping and growling. However this is the exception not the rule. The show strain of the ESS appears to be calmer and less active than the working strain.


Distress Caused if Left Alone - Medium
Level of Aggression - Medium
Tendency to Bark - Medium
Ease of Transportation - High
Compatibility With Other Animals - High
Risk of Sheep Worrying - High
Suitability As Guard Dog - Low
Personal Protection - Medium Suitable For Children


Health Care


Their susceptibility to illness is low, however, the ears and eyes of Springers need to be checked on a regular basis. Regular cleaning and grooming can largely prevent ear problems.


Their energy level is high, requiring in excess of 2 hours overall exercise per day. They love the outdoors, energetic enough to go on all day. A lot of exercise and learning is required to keep this dog content. They love to be kept involved in all family activities and as such are ideal for a growing family. They will settle happily after exercise.



The body coat of the Springer is flat or wavy and of medium length, it is also weather proof, waterproof and thorn proof. The ears, chest, legs, tail and under carriage have moderate feathering. As a result of this feathering regular grooming, at least once a week, is required. Particular attention needs to be paid to their pendulous ears to keep the ear canals clean and healthy. Some trimming will be necessary around the head, feet and ears. Extra grooming is required especially after a day out in the undergrowth as the coat can and will pick up all sorts of twigs and grass. Shedding of dead hair is moderate.

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