Why do English Springer Spaniels Make
Great Pets and Companions?
There are many positive things to write about English Springer Spaniels, but
I am going to highlight the main reasons why this pedigree breed make great pets and companions. Many people do not
realise that having a pet in the family is an important part of raising well balanced children. Even if you don't
have a family, there are many reasons why a Springer could be good for you too.
Caring for a pet through thick and thin, having responsibility for feeding another living creature prepares your
children for the time when they will have children of their own. The lifespan of a Springer is in the range 10-15
years and they go through their lives from beginning to end whilst your children are still growing up.
Of course, if your family has grown up or you live alone for other reasons, then a dog is great company. Research
has demonstrated that owning a pet, particularly a cat or dog, has the effect of reducing stress, and depressive
tendencies. Therefore, having 'someone to care for' provides real and tangible health benefits.
Springers are loyal and affectionate and will defend the family staunchly when they sense a threat; however, they
are not aggressive and can be trusted around children. The one exception to this is that they can occasionally
become aggressive in the company of other dogs of the same sex, but this would be directed against the other
They are generally very happy dogs and love having fun. This is good for adults as well as children and my
Springers made me laugh each and every day. They did make me angry at times too, for example when they came back
covered in mud. After I cooled off though, I just had to laugh. Their love of fun can make them a bit
English Springers will hunt and retrieve for hours on end - they love a game of hide and seek with an old sock or
glove - and this leads to loads of fun and a rich seam of photographs for the family album. They will always find a
stick and proudly carry it around all day - this behaviour is deeply ingrained in their genes.
Not Like Other Pets
Unlike a gecko, a cat or an aquarium of tropical fish, dogs are much more interesting. They have distinctive
personalities, and the English Springer is a very smart dog.
These days, when we use an automobile to go anywhere, walking the dog is an important health discipline for us as
well as the Springer.
Moderate Feed Bills
As medium sized dogs, they weigh a lot less than Labradors or Golden Retrievers. Consequently, their feeding
requirements are a lot less and hence they cost less to feed (typically $7-10 a week).
This medium size (an adult English Springer weighs about 50 lbs or 25 kg) means that they can easily be carried in
a compact automobile, whereas a Golden Retriever would fill the rear seat by himself.
Finally, they enjoy reasonably good health and are not susceptible to very many hereditary conditions. This means
that veterinarians' bills need not be excessive. With average luck, the bills can be kept to vaccinations and
So, all in all, quite a wide range of reasons why an English springer spaniel makes a great pet and companion.
The author has owned English and Welsh Springer spaniels, pups and rescue dogs. Discover a lot more
about English Springer Spaniels and how to find and care for one of these great dogs.
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