Portraits and paintings of the Springer Spaniel dog by Justine Osborne

dog portrait of a springer spaniel

"Treacle" Portrait of a Field Springer Spaniel
12x12in oil on canvas gallery style

The intense gaze of the ever alert springer spaniel.

painting of an english springer spaniel dog

"Pickle" - Portrait of a English Springer Spaniel (Bench Type)

Oil painting on canvas 24" x36"
(gallery style canvas)

A lovely, gentle springer boy, with a fondness for snoozing





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Notes on the English Springer spaniel

The Springer Spaniel gets its name from his method of flushing game: he springs forward to drive birds out of hiding. This breed hunts well both on land and water and is good at work in brush. He also is a fine retriever. There are two types of Springers - field and bench. The field type are bred for hunting and field trial work. They tend to have more white coat than the bench type, much less hair, and are more high energy. The bench type are bred for conformation shows and have more liver or black than white, they have much more coat, but are usually calmer.

The English Springer Spaniel is a compact, hearty medium-sized dog with long pendant ears. They should be sturdy and neither too light nor too heavy. The dog should have a proud bearing, with a level back approximately the same length as the height at the withers (never longer). The head is strong, yet refined and not too heavy, in good proportion to the rest of the dog. The length of the head should be about the same as the length of the neck. The stop is moderate with a groove rising between the eyes and gradually disappearing in the middle of the forehead. The medium-sized eyes have a kind expression. The eyes are either hazel or brown, depending on the color of the coat. The ears are set in line with the eyes. When pulled forward, the ears should reach all the way to the top of the nose. The tail is customarily docked. The medium-length coat is flat or wavy and feathered, and comes in liver & white, and black & white (with or without tan markings), blue or liver roan. The white may have flecks of coloured hair.

Most English Springers are even-tempered, gentle, friendly, and sociable dogs that are great for kids. Intelligent, skillful, willing and obedient. Playful, energetic and a quick leaner. Merry, brave and sweet tail-waggers. Cheerful and courageous. It is affectionate, good natured and sincere, this dog loves everyone. Springers do best when they are with people as much as possible. They love water and may constantly get themselves wet and muddy. Some are high-energy and they are all intelligent.

This is the founder of all the English hunting spaniels. During the Renaissance, it was considered the ideal companion for the European hunter. Its popularity in America began in 1700.


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