How to Avoid Mistakes When Choosing a Springer Spaniel Puppy
This article addresses some of the initial choices you will need to make, and how you go about finding a
breeder when you decide to become an owner of one of these terrific companions.
You may have strong views on colouring, and with the English springer there are two main colourings - black on
white or liver on white (some people call the latter a chocolate springer). Either of these colours may have tan
markings in addition. Wanting a particular colour will reduce your range of breeders and could require significant
travel. You should visit at least a couple of breeders before you decide. Then you will return when the litter and
pup is ready, to bring your springer puppy back to your home.
Which - dog or bitch? Springers are loyal and affectionate, so the males are not a major problem when it comes to
straying. With a bitch, you have to consider the obvious - keeping her away from males when she is in season; there
will be hygiene aspects to consider at home. Spaying has side effects, such as a tendency to getting fat. If you do
want to breed springer pups, then there is only one way to go.
Working Dog, Show Dog or Family Pet?
Do you want a pure working dog or a show dog? For an English Springer Spaniel, these are distinct genetic lines and
could influence your choice of breeder. Both types are fine as family pets provided you are able to exercise them
adequately. There is no lineage difference for Welsh Springer Spaniels.
Where to go for Springer Spaniel Puppies
Keep clear of so-called 'puppy farms' if you want a pure springer spaniel puppy with no doubtful genetic background
and with full pedigree certification. This is important because all pure breeds have hereditary conditions (though
the Springer is relatively ok in this respect). So, you need to find a dog with a fully documented bloodline and
pedigree certification which is in order. By choosing a fully certificated pedigree (which can usually be checked
online), you would be able to enter the dog in class in a dog show - well, you never know, the kids might like
How to Find Breeders
The main ways to find breeders are through:
- Newspaper advertising
- Kennel Clubs
- Web search
- Yellow Pages
- Springer Spaniel Breed clubs
- Specialist dog magazines and papers
- Going to dog shows and talking to owners and breeders
Do beware the small ads in the local newspaper. 'Springer spaniel puppy for sale' may be genuine, or not. Make sure
you see proper documentation.
Official Kennel Clubs usually operate a Breeder Accreditation scheme. Kennel Club websites or Breed Clubs will
provide you with the Breed Standard (there are some differences from country to country). It is well worth reading
up on these and preparing a summary, so that when you visit breeders you will be able to have informed discussions
about particular pups and bloodlines.
Of course, the better breeders (those with more show successes) will want more money for their spaniel puppies, but
that's to be expected.
You might also want to consider a Rescue Dog. Using a rescue centre requires more care and preparation, but can be
a good way to go if you don't want to go through the 'house training' stage.
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