I have a 6 year old male Springer Spaniel who is aggresive for no apparent reason?

by Debbie
(England)

We have had him since he was 9 weeks old and has been brought up with another springer spaniel who we sadly lost to cancer last year.


Previous to this he has in the past turned and attacked our older dog for no reason whatsoever.

We now have a 4 1/2 month old male boston terrier which we got from the age of 8 weeks. For the past several weeks our Springer hasn't shown any agression towards him, just growled at him a couple of times, as if he's showing him who's 'boss'.

Today, for no reason he went to attack our puppy who went to run off and squeeled with fear, I managed to grab the puppy of the floor very quickly but have noticed he has drawn blood near his back passage. The puppy is ok but this is a big concern as this could happen again without any warning.

Our springer is not interested in any dogs at all when out on the field, park etc. He is very happy to play on his own and in all his 6 years has NEVER gone to say hello to another dog. Do you think if we had him neuteredhat it would help our situation? I have heard that sometimes aggresion can be a big problem in the breed? Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniel.com
Hi Debbie
Sorry to hear of your troubles, but in answer to your question, yes you should get him neutered soon. Its amazing the difference in their aggression levels when they are fixed.

18 months ago George was showing signs of aggression to my toddlers. He would growl is they toddled past him. There was no question that I had to do something about it so I had him neutered and he is a different dog.

He now lies in their room when I put them to bed, comes and snuffles their ears and lets them stroke him, so the difference in their aggression levels is huge when you have them done.

Good Luck

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my growling boy NEW
by: brian

my 4 year old springer growls and snaps at people that come to close to us walking by and uncontrolled barking when yelled at he stops right away very unplesent when anyone comes close to us also he jumps and grabs people arm when they go to leave

brian in colorado

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