The English Springer Spaniel is said to be the progenitor of all the English hunting spaniels. It isthe ancestor of the Clumber, the Welsh Springer, the Irish Water Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel. Originating from England, the purpose of the breed was to be a hunting dog. It weighs from 40 to 50 pounds and stands at a height of 18 to 21 inches. A medium-sized dog breed, it has a compact body with a head that is in good proportions to the rest of its body. The muzzle is the same length of the flat skull. Its eyes are oval shaped and medium sized that are dark hazel in liver or white-coated dogs, and dark brown in black and white ones. Its ears are long and wide and hang down to the cheeks. It has a deep chest, straight front legs and compact feet. The field lines have shorter and coarser coats whereas the show-bred have longer hairs. The colours include black, liver, blue or liver roan and tricolor of black, white and liver. Markings are usually found on the eyebrows, cheeks, under the tail and inside the ears.
The English Springer Spaniel is a flushing dog, but it also excels in other skills such as retrieving, scenting, feats of agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. They are even-tempered, friendly and sociable. They have great stamina and are fast runners. They love being in the water and the company of their owner and family. They get along well with children and other canine pets but as they have strong natural hunting instincts they should not be left alone with small non-canine pets especially birds.