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English Springer Spaniel Characteristics

The English Springer Spaniel is a kind, lovable bird dog that has an abundance of energy and love to give. They're just as apt to chase down birds while hunting as they are to play with children in the backyard. These medium-sized dogs have a long, rich heritage that makes them an all-around popular breed.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

Spaniel-type dogs are thought to have originated in Spain — hence their name. Spaniels have been used for centuries to flush birds and game out of bushes so they could be captured by nets or hunting hawks. This breed was dubbed the "Springer" Spaniel due to the way it jumps into the bush when chasing prey.

 

The English Springer Spaniel has an iconic profile and typically stands around 19-20 inches tall at the shoulder. Its double coat comes in black or white and requires regular grooming and frequent brushing. Bred to work well with humans, Springer Spaniels are highly trainable and loving creatures that want nothing more than to please the humans in their life. 

 

This breed was developed to have great stamina and energy. Be sure that you can provide your dog with adequate exercise or he may become nervous and destructive. That said, their compact size makes them suitable apartment companions as long as you walk them frequently. Due to their breeding, a leash is necessary at all times; otherwise, they may be overcome with their desire to chase birds and small game.

 

Springer Spaniels are considered generally healthy dogs, but Spaniel ears are unique and require frequent inspection in order to prevent or contain ear infections.

How dog-friendly is South Dakota?

South Dakota is a great state for traveling with your dog and has strong animal welfare laws. Though it has some room to grow, South Dakota ranks pretty well for dog-friendliness.


We evaluated two major studies to understand how each state accommodates pets. Both studies surveyed all 50 states and ranked them for pet-friendly factors like access to pet care and services, animal cruelty laws, dog parks, outdoor spaces, and more. 


The first was conducted by an animal welfare group called Pawsafe. Pawsafe ranked South Dakota as the 23rd most pet-friendly state. In this study, the state scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The second study comes from a safety review site called Safewise. They had a harsher view of South Dakota and ranked the state as 38th most pet-friendly in the country. 


But if we put these two studies together, South Dakota ranks pretty well in the middle of the pack. 

A few more facts for dog-lovers in South Dakota

BringFido lists South Dakota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Reptile Gardens and Custer State Park as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Thirty-two percent of South Dakota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40% but still shows that the state loves dogs. 


What kinds of dogs do South Dakotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Dakota are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Dakota

South Dakota saved 10,836 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,824 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Six out of 23 of the animal shelters within South Dakota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has a below-average save rate of 77%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Improving this percentage will go a long way to ranking South Dakota higher compared to other states.

 

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