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English Springer Spaniel health and facts

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Energetic and full of life, English Springer Spaniel’s friendly traits make them the perfect canine companion for an active family. 

  • Springers have boundless energy and need lots of exercise and stimulation to stay healthy and happy
  • Their coat needs regular grooming and clipping to keep it in good condition
  • They can suffer from health problems and allergies to fleas and certain types of grass


Find out how to look after your Springer Spaniel throughout their lifetime with the handy tips and advice in our guide.

Springer Spaniel personality

Loving and gentle, the English Springer Spaniel breed is a very active gun dog. Their personality is affectionate and excitable, but they’re also extremely intelligent.
Originally, the Springer Spaniel’s active and obedient characteristics meant it was a natural fit for being a working dog. This is where they earned their name ‘Springer’, as they ‘sprang’ forwards to flush out wild birds for hunters.

Their sporting pedigree makes them easy to train and happy to take part in different active pursuits that keep them mentally stimulated. These include tests that several dog training centres offer, including:

  • Agility – how your dog handles obstacles like running through tunnels and jumping.
  • Obedience – following basic commands such as sit and stay.
  • Tracking – to encourage your dog to follow his/her natural instincts

Because of their outgoing personality, taking them on regular walks or run-outs in fields and giving them plenty of chew toys to play with is important. If not, they can become destructive in your home. Pet-proofing your home can help reduce this risk when you first bring them home. 

While Springers love attention from humans, if not socialised properly as puppies, they can be nervous of other dogs. Generally, they should get on well with other pets but will bark if strangers come to your house.

English Springer Spaniel health facts 

  • Size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 12 years
  • Coat: Medium to long
  • Exercise: High, up to two hours per day

If fed a healthy diet and exercised regularly, an English Springer Spaniel will normally live a long and healthy life. However, they can suffer from a few common health problems.

An English Springer Spaniel will normally live a long and healthy life

Common health problems and illness

Ear infections

Due to their shaggy ear flaps, ear infections are common in English Springer Spaniels. You may be able to prevent them by keeping their ears clean and dry.
If you're using your Springer as a working dog, be mindful that the ear canal can become irritated by parasites or grass seeds. Unfortunately, these may be accidentally picked up when dashing in and out of long grass. Ask your vet about the different kinds of ear care products available to help you keep infections at bay.

Hip and elbow dysplasia

Many medium-sized breeds like the English Springer Spaniel can be prone to hip or elbow dysplasia. This develops when the bones that form the hip or elbow joint develop abnormalities, which can then lead to arthritis.

If your Springer seems extra stiff, especially after lying down, is less keen to go on walks or reluctant to go up and down stairs, consult a vet.

Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency

Some Springer Spaniels may have an inherited deficiency of PFK, an enzyme their body needs to produce energy. The symptoms they show will depend on how severe the condition is. Typically, they can include:

  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dark-coloured urine

If you notice any of these signs, speak to your vet who may be able to offer testing and possible further treatments.

As with all dogs, it’s important to keep an eye on your Springer Spaniel, especially as they grow older.

Ear infections are common in English Springer Spaniels

English Springer Spaniel pet insurance

A healthy Springer Spaniel can live for more than ten years, which means that at some point in their lifetime, they’re likely to need medical care. The amount it costs to insure your furry friend varies depending on several things, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Existing health conditions

At LV= we have a range of different pet insurance policies available. Take a look at both our lifetime cover policy and 12-month plan to work out which one might be best for your pet.

When you take out pet insurance with us, you can be sure that your best buddy gets the care and attention they need, when they need it most.

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