The Springer spaniel breed was developed as a gun dog to flush game in the field. These popular athletic dogs also participate in agility, hunt tests, tracking and obedience trials, and make excellent companions for the outdoor enthusiast.
The Spaniel has a long history; the breed was mentioned in Welsh law as early as 300 AD. Dogs that look similar to today's Springer spaniel are shown in 16th and 17th century artwork, and the breed has been used in hunting game since at least that time. Today, Springer spaniels are used as "sniffer dogs," working in explosive detection, search and rescue and drug detection. They also serve as therapy dogs in hospitals and nursing homes.
Springer spaniels are popular dogs; the breed ranks as the 26th most popular by the American Kennel Club, as of 2015.
English Springer spaniels are medium-sized dogs, weighing between 45 and 55 pounds and standing 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder. They have drop ears, a dense, medium length coat and a docked tail. They are active dogs that require a great deal of exercise and make excellent companions due to their affectionate, easy-to-please, people-focused nature. The average lifespan of a Spring spaniel is 10 to 15 years.