15 Checkpoints When Buying An English Springer Spaniel Puppy
Purchasing an English Springer Spaniel puppy is step one on the long road of pleasure and companionship with these amazing animals. So, it’s important to get it right and these tips will enable you to do that. There’s a saying “let the puppy select you”, but that is all right up to a point, as you still wish to be sure that the brand new pup is basically healthy.
A pup is by definition quite young, so we will not know the way that it is going to grow, and for that reason need to rely on the appearance of the parents. The things we can check on the mother (and maybe the father also if he’s about) without being judging experts are:
1. Height equal to length is not bad?
2. Does the mother stand with pigeon toes or with paws paws right ahead, or splayed?
3. Are the hindquarters muscle and strong appearing and are the rear paws pointing forwards? The rear legs should have an average rake back, and shouldn’t be perpendicular or raked much.
4. The bottom of the tail should run parallel with the dog’s back , not rise above it.
5. The paws should look as a continuation of the legs and also the toes shouldn’t be splayed (which may cause injury).
6. The coat ought to be glossy and healthy looking, but not coarse or curly. Feathering shouldn’t be excessive.
7. Along with the fundamental liver and white or black and white coloring, some tan markings are okay, however only on the eyebrows, on the cheeks, inside the ears, under the tail, and sparely on the lower legs. Blue roan is an acceptable colour in the usa.
In case the mother checks out nicely in these respects, and has a great natural gait with the legs swinging right forwards then that should be an excellent index for her pups.
On the pup, the checks ought to be as follows (besides the others listed in the next paragraph):
1. A liver colouring ought to be rich and dark.
2. A wavy coat in a pup isn’t an excellent sign for an adult show dog – back and down the neck and check the coat behind the head. Revealing may not be significant to you but a wavy coat will need more grooming.
3. Strong blue eyes that are not running or weeping (stronger shade now means a stronger hazel colour in maturity).
4. A cold wet nose with no pink patches.
5. A jacket which is shiny and smooth.
6. Check for right bite in the teeth – upper teeth have the jaw is set square and a close overlap on the lower teeth.
The pup should not seem too fat or overly thin. Worms could be pointed to by an enormous tummy.
These tests are generic, and if you are seriously interested in winning prizes with your English Springer Spaniel then you definitely should check the Breed Standard in more depth for your specific country, as Breed Standards are not fully consistent internationally.
The aforementioned check list isn’t exhaustive but will give a good general indication of the pup’s likely development.