Originating in the United Kingdom, English Springer Spaniels were bred to be used for the hunting purpose of retrieving birds. It is believed that the breed may be an early ancestor for most of the modern spaniels. They have been seen in paintings as early as the 1600s. Until the 1800s, the English Springer Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel were not recognized as separate breeds.
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized spaniel that is part of the sporting group, known for their retrieving skills. They have a medium-long length, flat or wavy outercoat and a short, dense undercoat that comes in various colors. Their eyes are oval-shaped, medium-sized, and sit deep. The ears are wide, long, and hang close to the cheeks. The muzzle is a medium length and the nose can be either liver or black, depending on the color of the coat.
English Springers are known to be friendly, obedient, and eager to learn. Due to their intelligence, they are fairly easy to train and are quick to learn. Considered a very active breed, English Springer Spaniels require plenty of daily exercise and playtime. They can make a very great companion and hunter for an active owner plus they also get along well with children and other dogs. The breed does not do very well if left alone for long periods of time and will probably follow their owners from room-to-room because they are fond of human company.