What are the downsides to owning a springer spaniel

by Sarah
(Southport)

What are the downsides to owning a springer spaniel?



From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi Sarah

It depends on what you see as a downside. You see they require plenty of exercise, at least 40 min a day but I love that about them, I can run George for 10 miles then my husband will do the same and he will look at me afterwards as if to say "is that it?"

They are bright so they need plenty of mental stimulation such as training.

They need plenty of grooming, but again many people enjoy that about springers so don't see it as a downside.

It really depends on what you are looking for in a dog. If you have limited exposure to springers, try and befriend someone who has one, and spend time with them to get to know if it is a dog that will be right for you.

Good Luck


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Aug 14, 2011
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down side of a Springer
by: Anonymous

I have 3 springers and they need to start with puppy kindergarten I find it quite fun. They do require exersize and mine run in the yard and the house.
They absolutly love their family and have to be next to you at all times. Luckily with the schedule my husband and I have they only spend a couple of hours without their people. They own us we dont own them.
They bring new friends in your life called springer people and you can get some really good friends and good times with them.
I have never owned such a smart dog they learn so fast and retain it. So make sure you are constantly working with your dog, you can teach tricks at home, go to agility class, obedience, conformation, and so many more one of my springers sister is a water rescue dog in N. Carolina. I would not have another breed.

Aug 14, 2011
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What I know about English Springer Spaniels
by: Syn

I love my springer and plan on getting another one as my next dog. You should be sure that your lifestyle fits those of a springer. Below I have listed a few traits that you may find to be negative in Springers.

They have boundless energy and need plenty of exercise and training. I have my dog involved in agility, obedience and rally, and she still wants to play at the end of the day. Luckily, springers are smart. So start teaching you springer commands and tricks early, you will be amazed how quickly they will learn something new. I have also found that when you give your springer plenty of exercise, they are much more quiet and laid back in the house.

Springers want to be with their people, and in the case of mine, that meant separation anxiety if left alone. After doing some research, I found out this is a common problem with springers. You have to remember that springers were bred to work along side a human, and that bond can run very deep. Luckily, I am able to take my dog to work with me, so my problem was solved.

Springers can also be a be resourse hoarders, so you want to be sure to nip any possessiveness in the bud so that it does not get out of hand. A springer can deem food, toys, another pet or you as "theirs," and not want you or another person or animal to get near it.

That being said, if you want an intelligent and truly loving dog, who is always happy and has a soft and sweet demeanor, find a reputable breeder and get a springer. I have never regreted my choice.




Aug 14, 2011
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What I know about English Springer Spaniels
by: Syn

I love my springer and plan on getting another one as my next dog. You should be sure that your lifestyle fits those of a springer. Below I have listed a few traits that you may find to be negative in Springers.

They have boundless energy and need plenty of exercise and training. I have my dog involved in agility, obedience and rally, and she still wants to play at the end of the day. Luckily, springers are smart. So start teaching you springer commands and tricks early, you will be amazed how quickly they will learn something new. I have also found that when you give your springer plenty of exercise, they are much more quiet and laid back in the house.

Springers want to be with their people, and in the case of mine, that meant separation anxiety if left alone. After doing some research, I found out this is a common problem with springers. You have to remember that springers were bred to work along side a human, and that bond can run very deep. Luckily, I am able to take my dog to work with me, so my problem was solved.

Springers can also be a be resourse hoarders, so you want to be sure to nip any possessiveness in the bud so that it does not get out of hand. A springer can deem food, toys, another pet or you as "theirs," and not want you or another person or animal to get near it.

That being said, if you want an intelligent and truly loving dog, who is always happy and has a soft and sweet demeanor, find a reputable breeder and get a springer. I have never regreted my choice.




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Nothing like a Springer.
by: HannahRae

There are no downsides to owning a Springer. Give them lots of love, respect, positive reinforcement training and companionship, they will MAKE you a better person. The best dog - ever.


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