The English Springer Spaniel, also known as the Springer Spaniel, the Springer, the Wood Spaniel, the Norfolk Spaniel, the Springing Spaniel or the “gamekeeper’s dog,” was originally used to flush game for hunters and falcons centuries ago. It was named for its primary function, which was to frighten the game and make it “spring” out of hiding. When guns were invented, the English Springer Spaniel was transformed into an upland game hunter, which remains its talent today. It is a friendly, eager to please and quick to learn dog, willing to do what is asked of it without resentment or hesitation. This breed is highly active and requires regular daily exercise to avoid boredom. The English Springer Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a member of the Sporting Group.
The mature male English Springer should stand 20 inches at the withers and weigh approximately 50 pounds; adult bitches should stand about 19 inches in height and weigh approximately 40 pounds. This breed has a protective undercoat and a firm topcoat. Characteristic colors are white with black or liver; other colors may appear but are not preferred. Tails are normally docked.