Characteristic
Medium dog
Type
Answer / Characteristic
Don't mind?
Off

Mexican Hairless (Medium)

A hairless dog, with soft skin, the Xolo dog is slightly longer than he is tall. The skin can be pigmented black, grey, red, liver, bronze and blonde. There are three sizes. Fully grown Miniature Mexican Hairless are 25-35cm in height, Intermediate 36-45cm, and Standard 46-60cm.

Yes. I'm a confident owner with lots of experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'm looking for a dog to take on gentle walks
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Mexican Hairless (Medium)

Origin

An ancient breed, the Mexican Hairless dog (or 'Xolo') has been the hunting companion of people in Central and South America for around 3,000 years. Revered by the Aztecs, he is also known as Xoloitzcuintle, meaning Dog God, he was thought to have special powers of healing, transmitted through him from the gods. He was also used as a gift to the gods and was sacrificed and eaten. He comes in three sizes – Miniature, Intermediate and Standard.

Personality

A peaceful, contented dog, the Mexican Hairless dog is alert to his environment. Rather reserved with strangers, he is loving and companionable with his family.

Health

The main health problems encountered in the Mexican Hairless dog are related to their skin, being particularly predisposed to sunburn given the lack of protection from fur. Teeth problems also occur quite frequently.

Exercise

Miniature Mexican Hairless dogs need about half an hour's daily exercise and the Intermediate and Standard need about an hour. Do ensure he is protected from the elements (both the warm and cold) before taking him outside.

Nutrition

The Miniature Mexican Hairless dog is a small dog that has a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion. The Intermediate and Standard diets need to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

Small tufts of hair can appear on the Mexican Hairless dog, but he is generally hairless and no hair-care is therefore required. However, the skin can become dry, as it is not protected with a coat. Smoothing some baby oil on will help hydrate the skin. A suitable sun cream can be used to prevent the skin from burning, and the dogs should be kept out of direct sunlight in warm weather. The dogs also need protection against the cold and should wear a coat when walked in the winter months.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
mexican hairless (medium)

Swedish Vallhund

A medium-sized, short, sturdy dog with a body that is longer than he is tall, the adult male Swedish Vallhund stands at 33-35cm and the adult female at 31-33cm and the weight range is 11.5-16kg. The short, weather-resistant coat comes in steel-grey, grey-brown, grey-yellow, red-yellow, and red-brown. For full details of coat colour and patterns, see the breed standard.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Swedish Vallhund

Origin

Also known as the Swedish Cattle Dog, the Swedish Vallhund dog breed is thought to be almost 1,000 years old. It is believed that he is related to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, another ancient dog that was used for droving cattle. In his homeland, the Vallhund is called Vastgotaspets, meaning 'spitz of the West Goths'. Despite being such a long-established dog type, the Vallhund dog almost died out in the 1940s, but the dedicated efforts of two breeders were successful in saving the breed.

Personality

An alert, lively dog, the Swedish Vallhund is a natural watchdog. Friendly and amenable, he is a joy to train and spend quality family time with, and is a loyal companion to his loved ones. Left for too long, or not given the exercise and attention he needs, he will bark and become destructive, as many dogs would.

Health

The Swedish Vallhund is generally a healthy breed. As with many breeds, eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can arise and so eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is recommended.

Exercise

The Swedish Vallhund needs at least an hour's daily exercise and is capable of much more! He is a versatile breed that is responsive to new challenges – from herding sheep to agility.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The low-maintenance coat consists of a dense, soft undercoat and a harsh-textured, close topcoat. A weekly brush through is recommended.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
swedish vallhund
NPPE Base Search Text

A natural watchdog, these small yet sturdy dogs love to guard their loved ones. To find out more about the Swedish Vallhund, visit Purina online today.

Swedish Lapphund

The Swedish Lapphund is medium-sized and has typical spitz characteristics – a thick, stand-off coat, a bushy tail that can curl over the back, and prick ears. The coat comes in bear-brown, black, brown or black and brown. Rectangular in shape, he is longer than he is tall, with adult males standing at 45-51cm and adult females at 40-46cm. Adults weigh 19-21kg approximately.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Swedish Lapphund

Origin

An ancient breed, archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of a dog similar to the Swedish Lapphund in its homeland, which is thought to be around 7,000 years old. Bred initially as a hunting dog, they worked with the nomadic Sami people in Lapland, herding the reindeer, and also acting as watchdogs and companions. The breed's vocal nature was selectively bred for not only detering predators and alert the Swedish Lapphund but also to reassure the reindeer that they were not a predator but their guardian.

Personality

An alert, energetic dog, the Swedish Lapphund dog breed is good-natured and loyal. He is naturally vocal and is a keen watchdog. He hates to be separated from his loved ones and has strong herding tendencies, too. If you can devote the time to him, he makes a most rewarding pet.

Health

The Swedish Lapphund is generally a healthy breed, but as with many breeds, hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can arise. Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore recommended.

Exercise

The Lapphund breed needs at least an hour's daily exercise – preferably more. He is an active dog, amenable to training, who has competed with success in the canine sports. Unsurprisingly, the cold weather does not deter him – he thrives in wintry weather – but do be sure that he doesn't overheat in warm temperatures.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The weather-resistant coat consists of a dense undercoat and a top coat that stands straight out from the body. The coat is longer on the thighs, tail, chest and 'mane'. A thorough groom, brushing down through the undercoat, is required a couple of times a week to prevent tangles and mats from forming.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
swedish lapphund
NPPE Base Search Text

With a bushy tail and a happy disposition, Swedish Lapphund dogs love spending time with their owners. To find out more about this breed, visit Purina today.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

A muscular, smooth-coated dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier combines both 'bull' and 'terrier' in his physical appearance and gives the impression of strength and agility. Adult dogs stand at 36-41cm, and adult males weigh 13-17kg and females 11-15.4kg. The short, smooth coat comes in red, fawn, white, black or blue, brindle, or any of these with white.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can groom my dog once a week
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
No
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Origin

The origins of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be traced back to the 1800s when bull and bear baiting was outlawed. A new 'sport' was devised – dog fighting – and so Bulldogs and Terriers were bred together to produce the Bull and Terrier, from which the Staffordshire Bull Terrier descends. Popular with all classes, including the Victorian working class, the 'Staffie' was often raised in small, cramped conditions with large families – to which his traditionally good temperament with people of all ages can be attributed.

Personality

With people, a well-bred, well-socialised Staffordshire Bull Terrier should have an impeccable temperament and be especially good-natured (if not somewhat boisterous!) with people. With other dogs or animals, however, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be less than friendly, though a great deal depends on his early socialisation and training. Some Staffordshire Terriers live perfectly happily with other dogs and cats; others cannot be walked off-lead in areas where they might meet another dog. Early and ongoing socialisation is essential.

Health

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog breed is generally a very hardy breed, with few breed specific related problems. As with many breeds, they can suffer some hereditary eye disorders and so eye testing is recommended.

Exercise

At least an hour's exercise is needed daily for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier along with plenty of play and games. Given the chance, Staffordshire Bull Terriers can excel in dog sports such as agility. Many are fine with other dogs, but some are dog-aggressive.If your dog is less friendly, do ensure he is suitably restrained and does not make a nuisance of himself.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

A low-maintenance breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier's short, smooth coat needs very little attention, with a weekly brush being more than sufficient.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
staffordshire bull terrier
NPPE Base Search Text

Especially gentle with children, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are loving and unwaveringly loyal to their owners. To find out more about this breed, visit Purina today.

Spanish Water Dog

A medium-sized robust dog with a curly, woolly coat that forms cords when long, the Spanish Water Dog breed is strong and muscular. Adult male dogs are 44-50cm tall and weigh 18-22kg; adult females are 40-46cm and 14-18kg. The coat comes in solid black, white or brown, or black and white or brown and white.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Spanish Water Dog

Origin

Woolly-coated water dogs like the Spanish Water Dog breed have existed in Europe for several thousands of years, also developing into the Barbet (in France), the Lagotto Romagnolo (in Italy) the Portuguese Water Dog. The Spanish Water Dog may have arrived in Iberia with the Moors, the Romans or with traders, and was used for herding sheep and goats in rugged areas, and for assisting fishermen in coastal areas, retrieving items lost overboard and fetching nets. Today, he does all these things, as well as retrieving waterfowl and being a sniffer dog for the police force.

Personality

A loyal, amenable, even-tempered, happy dog, the Spanish Water Dog will love his whole family, but tends to bond particularly closely with one person within his group. He has natural guarding tendencies and will bark a warning if he feels it necessary.

Health

As with many breeds, the Spanish Water Dog can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Spanish Water Dogs need at least an hour's exercise a day. This is a versatile dog, capable of herding, retrieving and swimming, he will enjoy most canine hobbies and activities. Do ensure that water areas are safe before walking near them, as he will dive in at the first opportunity. If in doubt, keep him on a lead.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

A natural-looking dog, the Spanish Water Dog's coat grows into cords as it gets longer. These cords are manually separated, to prevent the coat matting into clumps. It is not brushed or combed. The Spanish farmers would shear their dogs every spring, at the same time as doing their sheep, and from this tradition, the Spanish Water Dog is clipped all over, the same length, when the coat gets too long.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
spanish water dog
NPPE Base Search Text

Strong and muscular with a woolly coat, Spanish Water Dogs are as beautiful as they are loyal. To discover more about this happy dog breed, visit Purina today.

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Compact, symmetrical dogs, Welsh Springer Spaniels are medium-sized and built for endurance and hard work. They have a glossy, silky, flat coat with feathering on their extremities, and are a rich red and white colour. Adult males are 48cm in height and females 46cm. They weigh 16-20kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Welsh Springer Spaniel

Origin

Red and white spaniels have existed in Wales since the 1700s. They were found mainly in Wales and the west of England before spreading to the east of England and Scotland where they were used as gundogs and for breeding. The versatile abilities and hunting instincts of the Welsh Springer Spaniel made them prime candidates for worldwide ownership and by the 19th and 20th centuries were exported abroad. Before acceptance into the British Kennel Club in 1902 the Springer Spaniel breed was known as Welsh Cockers.

Personality

Welshie's have all the soft-eyed faithfulness of the other spaniels and are totally devoted to their families. They are high-spirited, good-natured companions. They are people-orientated dogs but can be a bit reserved with strangers. They are family dogs and need company. Easily trained, a Welsh Springer Spaniel often makes a superb obedience dog and working gundog.

Health

The Welsh Springer Spaniel can suffer from hereditary eye diseases and so screening is advised. Hip testing is also recommended as hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can also occur.

Exercise

Welshies need plenty of exercise, over two hours daily for an adult. They love swimming and care must be taken to ensure their safety when water is about. They are ideal candidates for field trials.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

This breed does not need a lot of grooming but the feathering will need regular combing, brushing and trimming – two or three times a week. The ears should be trimmed regularly to prevent infections.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
welsh springer spaniel
NPPE Base Search Text

Welsh Springer Spaniels have existed in Wales since the 1700s and this faithful and outgoing breed makes a great pet for families. Find out more at Purina.

Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a medium-sized, heavily built, sturdy dog, with rather short and strong legs. They have a wide head and a frowning, quizzical expression. The short, abundant coat is a most attractive colour: rich golden liver, shading to gold at the hair tips. Adult Sussex Spaniels measure 38-41cm and weigh approximately 23kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Sussex Spaniel

Origin

The Sussex Spaniel dog breed was around in the early 1800s as part of a melange of land spaniels. The main interest in the breed began with Mr Fuller, a Sussex landowner, who kept several spaniel breeds, including Sussex Spaniels. He bred them for working and owned the breed for 50 years until the 1850s. By the time of the Second World War there were few Sussex being bred from and it is thought that after the war only 5 Sussex Spaniels remained. Fortunately the breed has had dedicated followers that have kept the breed alive, though it is still numerically small.

Personality

These happy and adaptable dogs can be very laid back, though it is important that they are introduced regularly to children, dogs, cars etc. until mature. They love hunting and are sometimes more interested in this than anything else when outside, so training when they are young is essential. Time invested in this dog is well worth the effort and the result is a happy and loyal companion.

Health

The Sussex Spaniel is generally a relatively hardy breed, as with many breeds however, they can suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) and spinal disc disease. They are also prone to ear infections.

Exercise

Sussex Spaniel dogs should not be over exercised when very young. They need stimulation or they easily become bored. Country dogs at heart, Sussex Spaniel adults needs two-plus hours of daily exercise.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food. There have been cases of bloat in this breed. Smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

As a rule, a brush or comb through is required several times a week. The ears should be kept clean and checked for foreign bodies regularly. The hair around the pads should be trimmed and check between the claws for grass seeds.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
sussex spaniel
NPPE Base Search Text

This beautiful breed tends to be laid back and content, with a love for exploring when outside! To find out more about Sussex Spaniels, visit Purina today.

Irish Water Spaniel

This is the tallest of all spaniels, with adult male dogs standing at 53-58cm and females at 51-56cm. Adults weigh approximately 20-30kg. A smart, compact dog, he is strong and has an unusual-coloured curly coat that is a dark liver with a hint of purple.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel

Origin

It's thought that Irish Water Spaniels arrived in Ireland with fishermen from France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. His ancestry is unknown but could well include the Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog and Barbet. He was originally used for hunting, flushing and retrieving water fowl from bogs and rivers – hence his nickname of Bogdog! The first Irish Water Spaniel dog we know of was called Boatswain, born in 1834, who belonged to a Dubliner called Justin McCarthy. All modern Irish Water Spaniels descend from this dog.

Personality

Although he's called a spaniel, he works as a retriever in field trials and is a very versatile gundog. In the home, as a companion, the Irish Water Spaniel dog is a fun and affectionate pet. Aloof with strangers until he gets to know them, he is even-tempered and confident.

Health

As with many breeds, the Irish Water Spaniel can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

An energetic dog, the Irish Water Spaniel breed needs two hours or more of daily exercise. He loves romping about the countryside and is, of course, a 'water baby' – jumping into any pond or even large puddle if he encounters one on a walk!

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The coat, which is covered in tight ringlets, is naturally oily, providing protection for his when he's swimming in cold water. Use a wide-toothed comb to groom the coat once or twice a week, and bath and trim the coat approximately every couple of months. After combing, use a spray to wet the coat to encourage the curls to reform.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
irish water spaniel
NPPE Base Search Text

Irish Water Spaniels are the tallest of their kind, and as their name suggests they love being in the water! Learn more about this affectionate and fun pet today.

Field Spaniel

The noble-looking Field Spaniel is slightly longer than he is tall. He has a gentle expression and a medium/long, thick, glossy coat that has ample feathering (longer hair) on the chest, stomach and backs of the legs. The coat comes in black, liver or roan, with or without tan markings. A medium-sized dog, he is about 46cm tall when fully grown and weighs between 18-25kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Field Spaniel

Origin

The Field Spaniel dog breed dates back approximately 150 years, to when it was developed from breeding the Cocker Spaniel with the larger Sussex. There is speculation that the Field Spaniel was further refined by adding other regional spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel, and perhaps even the Basset Hound. They have never enjoyed the wide fan base – as a show and working dog - of the Cocker or Springer, and have survived several dips in popularity over their history. Indeed, they are currently considered a rare, vulnerable breed in the UK.

Personality

The Field Spaniel is an active dog, ideally suited to an outdoors, country life. In the home, he is calmer and more laidback in temperament than some of the other spaniel breeds, and has an affectionate, sociable nature.

Health

The Field Spaniel is generally a hardy breed. As with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

This country-loving, active dog needs two hours plus of daily exercise. A versatile dog, he will enjoy most activities, provided he's with his family and is being kept occupied mentally and physically

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The medium/long coat is silky to the touch, but is also very practical, being dense and waterproof to protect against the elements and environment when the dog was out working. The coat should be groomed several times a week, paying particular attention to the feathering, which is prone to tangling. Check this dog after a walk and remove any debris from the coat.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
field spaniel
NPPE Base Search Text

A rare breed in the UK, Field Spaniels are calm, relaxed and love the outdoors, making the suited to country living. Read about their care and history here.

English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a compact, medium-sized sporting dog with long ears. This dog's expression is alert, kindly and trusting. The coat is straight and medium-length with feathering, and can be black and white, liver and white, or either of these with tan markings. The adult English Springer is about 51cm in height and weighs about 23-25kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
English Springer Spaniel

Origin

All Spaniels can trace their origins back to the spaniels of Spain. Up until the 1600s all spaniels were considered as being of the same group of dogs. The larger of these were the forefathers of today's English Springer Spaniel dog breed. In 1892 the Kennel Club of Great Britain recognised Cocker and Springer Spaniels as separate breeds even though they sometimes appeared in the same litter. This was soon stopped by the two breed clubs and a standard conformation was made of each breed. Their original purpose was for finding and springing game for the net, falcon or Greyhound also used by the hunters. Nowadays they are used to find, flush and retrieve game for the gun.

Personality

The typical Springer Spaniel is an extrovert by nature, friendly, eager to please and quick to learn. As a rule they make good companions and family dogs, being well behaved and quick to learn and respond. Some of the less well-bred dogs of this breed can be stubborn, timid, or aggressive, but this is the exception not the rule. The show strain of the English Springer Spaniel appear to be calmer and less active than the working strain.

Health

English Springer Spaniels are generally a hardy breed. However, as with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. A particular type of anaemia is also seen more frequently in the breed.

Exercise

These dogs love the outdoors and are energetic enough to go on all day. A lot of exercise and learning is required to keep this dog content – two-plus hours for is suitable for a fit adult, otherwise behaviour problems can result. They love to be kept involved in all family activities and as such are ideal for a growing family. They will settle happily after adequate exercise.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The body coat of the Springer Spaniel is flat or wavy and of medium length, and the ears, chest, legs, tail and under carriage have moderate feathering. As a result of this feathering some amount of grooming is required. Some trimming will be necessary around the head, feet and ears. Extra grooming is required especially after a day out in the undergrowth, as the coat can and will pick up all sorts of twigs and grass.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

NPPE BS Machine name
english springer spaniel
NPPE Base Search Text

English Springers are outgoing and energetic, and as they learn quickly and love to please, they make great family pets. Read more about the breed with Purina.

Subscribe to A medium size dog works for me