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The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog and an ideal companion gun dog. Originally, the English Springer Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel were born in the same litter. The smaller Cockers were used to hunt woodcock, while the larger Springer littermates were used to flush or “spring” game from bushes and brush.
These affectionate dogs also make excellent house pets, as they are loyal and tend to stick close to their owners. They have a moderately long hair coat which requires regular brushing, and because of their active nature, they do best with daily exercise.
Although this loyal breed loves to stick by the side of their humans, they are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family vacation budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Springer Spaniels are prone to include joint problems such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as cataracts and corneal dystrophy; muscle conditions such as phosphofructokinase deficiency and cutaneous asthenia; and neurological problems such as epilepsy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your English Springer Spaniel inherits more than just his father’s ability to flush game or his mother’s pretty coat, you’re covered.