The name ‘Springer’ is derived from the use of this type of Spaniel to startle the bird into the air so that they spring upwards. The English Springer, with his black-and-white or liver-and-white markings, is the traditional dog for the rough-shooter – a dog capable of working tirelessly all day; ready to enter water even when he has to break ice to do it. Like so many of the gundog breeds, his cheerful extrovert nature has endeared him to the general public, and he is in great demand as an energetic companion for a growing family. His thick coat is tough and weather resistant, but like so many Spaniels, his lengthy ear flaps need to be kept well trimmed if he is not to suffer from uninvited seeds and twigs getting inside the more sensitive depths of the ears themselves. Official breed status was accorded the English Springer in 1902. He took his present name in 1900 after being known for many years as the Norfolk Spaniel. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


Our dogs are first and foremost working gundogs, but they are trained to a level which allows them to compete in working gundog tests and field trials. Our dogs are our pets and companions as well as working dogs and have a temperament that fits well with our busy lives. Our dogs are kennelled at night but enjoy spending time with us in the house during the day. On a shoot day, our dogs can be working from 9 in the morning until 4 in the evening but on other days they are content with around an hour of lead walking and 30 minutes of training. Fulfilling a spaniel's desire to hunt and retrieve is the key to having a calm spaniel in the home or kennel. We are lucky enough to see relatives of our dogs on a regular basis so we know that both dogs in their pedigrees and their progeny are healthy, with good temperaments and natural working ability. Further reading on working English Springer Spaniels: The Working Springer Spaniel - Keith Erlandson Working Springers and Cockers - Mike Smith