Do springer spaniels make good pets?

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Do springer spaniels make good pets? English Springer Spaniels are known to be a happy, playful and energetic breed. They make great family dogs; they’re often well behaved and love to be involved in family activities, they get along well with children and other household pets. 

 

Are springer spaniels easy to train?

Springer spaniels are very alert and intelligent dogs that love to learn. They take very well to training, being obedient and extremely eager to please!  They love attention and praise, and are more than capable of learning a wide range of skills.

 

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Do springer spaniels need a lot of exercise?

Springer Spaniels are full of energy and capable of working tirelessly all day. They need at least 1 – 2 hours of outdoor exercise per day. A springer spaniel should be walked for about 30-45 minutes, with a few longer walks a few times week. They especially love wooded and brushland areas where he can have a hunt and explore. This type of exercise will provide mental stimulation for their natural instinct as a working dog. Mental stimulation can tire a springer spaniel just as much as physical exercise.

Try to introduce activities that relate to their natural instincts, Springer spaniels love to retrieve and play nose tracking games, they are also a benefit in providing much needed mental stimulation. Our springer spaniel called Harry (pictured below) just loves to play a game called “find it” it’s got to a point where he comes to us religiously at the same time every day wanting to play 🙂

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Although retrieving is a great way of exercising springers with short sprints, they are not a sprinting dog. They are bred for endurance at either a walking or gentle trot, which can also help the owner with a little exercise in the park

Springers are also very keen on swimming. If they don’t find it themselves first 🙂  give your springer the opportunity to go for a swim in a safe place. It will be a good way to tire them without putting excessive stress on joints and tendons.

 

Can springer spaniels be aggressive?

Rage syndrome, also known as sudden onset aggression or (SOA) or avalanche of rage syndrome, is a rare but serious behavioural problem that has been reported most commonly in the English Springer Spaniel but also in a variety of other dog breeds. It is often misdiagnosed as it can be confused with other forms of aggression. It is thought to be genetic in origin and is inheritable. A variety of treatments are available, but will need to be tailored to the individual needs of the specific dog. The term rage syndrome is attributed to Dr. Roger A. Mugford, an English animal behaviour consultant. Cases of this are rare and generally springer spaniels have a great temperament and make excellent loyal family pets for all ages.

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Can a springer spaniel be left alone?

Springer spaniels are not ideally suited to be left alone for long periods of time, they are a very social breed which likes to be around people and families. If your working life requires you to be at work for extended periods of time, it’s always a good idea to get a neighbour/friend or possibly dog sitter to drop by during the day for to give your precious pooch some company or a nice walk. Before getting a springer spaniel it best to decide if you have enough time to dedicate to such a high energy social breed.

 

At what age is a springer spaniel fully grown?

Most springer spaniels should reach adulthood by the age of 18 months, time may vary as every dog is different

 

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