Here at Tom and Toto we see dogs of all shapes and sizes, so we’ve decided to pop together this new feature for our Blog. Each month we will take a look at a different dog breed. Not only does this give you a bit of an insight into the breed if you have thought of adding them to your family, but also here at Tom and Toto we have to take in all breeds different trait when arranging their activities out and about and the locations we take them to ensure they get the most from their outings.
For our first month, we are going to start with the English Springer Spaniel.
Did you know this breed was once called the Norfolk Spaniel? As it is said that the Duke of Norfolk developed the breed.
English Springers are just one breed from the Spaniel family, medium in size and developed historically as a gun dog to help retrieve, flush or spring on Game. They are still used as working dogs, always energetic and happy to work a day in the fields however this will mean they need regular walks and exercise, these dogs can walk for miles! They are also incredibly intelligent so require mental stimulation with games and training sessions, you could also try agility or scent work.
Due to their happy and loving nature English Springer Spaniels can make for a great addition to an active family, they enjoy the company of children and are well known for their affection of them and other pets however they may chase smaller animals or birds.
While very similar to their fellow Spaniels there are some small differences, English Springers tend to be slightly larger with a longer muzzle and a wider variety in their coats and colouring.
English Springer Spaniels have amazing double coats that become feathery around the chest and legs area, this will require some regular brushing 2-3times a week and regular trimming to keep in tip top condition, also watch out for their ears keeping these clean will help prevent any infections.
This breed may live happily between 10-15 years, however as with most breeds they have been known to suffer with some health issues such as hip or elbow dysplasia or due to their floppy ears, ear infections.
At Tom and Toto we walk a number of this breed and can firmly say we love them all, so if you are looking for a happy active family companion the English Springer Spaniel may be the right dog for you.