English Springer Spaniel Traits
What is interesting about springers, is that they really seem to have some unique personality and trait tendencies. Before my first field springer, Lady, I didn't have much knowledge about this great breed of dog. Through my many years of having one, that changed. I learned how they are a warm, caring animal that would do anything for their owner. I also learned they have some traits that make them one of a kind.
My Dearly Beloved Lady
When I had my Lady, who I unfortunately lost, I used to wonder why she would "sprawl" all the time. She would have her legs straight out, knees bent, while directly on her back. She would also be curled as if trying to make herself into the letter S! Sure, I had seen dogs laying on their backs before, but this was different. As I became more familiar with the breed, I came to notice other springer owners as well had the same term that I was using for this behaviour, the springer sprawl. As well as inviting a nice belly rub from their masters, the sprawl is also a sign of trust.
Keeping an English Springer Spaniel away from Mud is a Futile Effort
My field springer Lady was a pretty lucky girl. Nearly every day, she had the opportunity to go to a horse farm, where she would roll and play in the mud, and well ...roll in other things as well. The inside joke was that it was the "self-cleaning spaniel" as it would come home and shed the day's contents all over the house. Needless to say, thank you for the existence of vacuums. Even after a bath, she would demand to go outside and roll that nice clean fragrance right off herself. Lady was for sure a mud and dirt aficionado extraordinaire and could not control herself.
English Springer Spaniels and Scenting
Another common behaviour in springers is the need to stick their noses out the window when riding in the car. Lady would go to the top of the door and patiently wait for someone to put the window down. We would open the window a crack, and she would get that nose out there, and instantly sniff the air while going down the road. Springers have one of the best noses in the dog world and use it collect information about their surroundings at all times it seems, and not only when in the car.
Separation Anxiety in English Springer Spaniels
Unfortunately, one common trait of springers is severe separation anxiety. This breed needs to please and be one with their owners and does not react well when not given enough attention. While it is sometimes necessary to be apart from your dog, certain breeds do not react well to being left alone for long periods of time, and the springer is a prime example of this. Barking, chewing, and destruction can be the aftermath, and when I personally hear a story of a neglected springer or any dog, it is very upsetting. So please, even though I highly recommend adopting or getting a springer, please think of these important considerations.
Having A Springer is Fun!
I love the spirit of the springer. I enjoy learning new things about the breed and listening to people's stories. I want everyone to know and learn about how great these dogs are. These dogs are highly trainable, good with children and adapt well with cats if introduced properly. There are many springers in need of a wonderful new home, and various springer rescues organisations work hard to get the homes that these animals need. Older springers have experience being great dogs too, and this could be the avenue to meet your new springer friend. Springers want to have fun, we want to have fun..what could be better? Nothing.