15 Checkpoints When Purchasing An English Springer Spaniel Pup
Buying an English Springer Spaniel puppy is the first step on the long road of pleasure and companionship with these amazing animals. So, it’s important to get it right and these tips will allow you to do that. There is a saying “let the puppy pick you”, but that is all right up to a point, as you however wish to be sure the new puppy is actually healthy.
A pup is by definition quite youthful, so we WOn’t know how it’s going to grow, and for that reason need to rely on the appearance of the parents. The matters we can check on the mother (and perhaps the dad too if he’s about) without being judging experts are:
1. From the side, is the body basically square – Height equal to length is great?
2. The forelegs – Does the mom stand with paws splayed, or paws directly ahead or with pigeon toes?
3. Are the hindquarters muscular and powerful are the rear paws and appearing pointing forward? The rear legs should have a reasonable rake back, and shouldn’t be raked or vertical much.
4. The bottom of the tail should run parallel with the dog’s back and not rise above it.
5. The paws should look like a continuance of the legs and the toes shouldn’t be splayed (which may cause harm).
6. The coat should be lustrous and healthy looking, but not curly or coarse. Feathering should not be excessive.
7. Blue roan is an acceptable color in the US.
In case the mother has a good natural gait with the legs swinging straight forwards afterward, and checks out nicely in these respects that all should be a good index for her pups.
On the pup, the checks ought to be as follows (besides the others listed in the 2nd paragraph):
1. A liver colouring ought to be rich and dark.
2. A wavy coat in a pup is not a great indication for an adult show dog – back and down the neck and check the coat supporting the head.
3. Deep blue eyes which are not running or weeping (deeper shade now means a deeper hazel colour in maturity).
5. A jacket which is smooth and glistening.
6. Check the teeth for correct bite – upper teeth have a close overlap on the lower teeth and the jaw is set square.
The puppy should not seem too fat or too skinny. An enormous tummy could point to worms.
These tests are generic, and if you’re serious about winning prizes with your English Springer Spaniel then you must check the Breed Standard in more depth for your specific state, as Breed Standards are entirely inconsistent internationally.
The aforementioned check list isn’t exhaustive but will give a great general indicator of the pup’s likely growth.