English Springer Spaniels have long been considered a quintessential hunting dog. The oldest spaniel breed, Springer Spaniels were used to "spring" game out of its hiding spots when hunting. These dogs are driven and hard-working, love to swim and are loving, affectionate pets. Springers are cheerful, loyal dogs, wonderful with children and highly trainable and intelligent.
These athletic dogs excel in activities such as obedience, agility, flyball, and tracking.
Springers are from the Spaniel family, a type of dog whose name suggests kinship with Spain. They were used to hunt birds and small game before guns were invented.