English Springer Spaniel Assoc NSW Inc 

Breed Standard








GENERAL APPEARANCE - Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active.  Highest on leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.  


CHARACTERISTICS - Breed is of ancient and pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding and springing game for net, falcon or greyhound.  Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun. 


TEMPERAMENT - Friendly, happy disposition, biddable.  Timidity or aggression highly undesirable. 


HEAD AND SKULL - Skull of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent.  Cheeks flat.  Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes, fairly deep and square in flew.  Nostrils well developed. 


EYES - Medium size, almond shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression.  Dark hazel.  Light eyes undesirable. 


EARS - Lobular, good length and width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye.  Nicely feathered. 


MOUTH - Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. 


NECK - Good length, strong and muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head. 


FOREQUARTERS - Forelegs straight and well boned.  Shoulders sloping and well laid.  Elbows set well to body.  Strong flexible pasterns. 


BODY - Strong, neither too long nor too short.  Chest deep, well developed.  Well sprung ribs.  Loin muscular, strong with slight arch and well coupled. 


HINDQUARTERS - Hindlegs well let down.  Stifles and hocks moderately bent.  Thighs broad, muscular, well developed.  Coarse hocks undesirable. 


FEET - Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong full pads. 


TAIL - Set low, never carried above level of back.  Well feathered with lively action.  Preferably docked. 


GAIT/MOVEMENT - Strictly his own.  Forelegs swing straight forward from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy free manner.  Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs.  At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed. 


COAT - Close, straight and weather resisting, never coarse.  Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body and hindquarters. 


COLOUR - Liver and white, black and white, or either of these colours with tan markings. 



SIZE -  Height: approx. 51 cms (20 ins). 


FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. 

NOTE - Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Contact Details
Secretary: Carolyn Burch
Sydney, NSW
Phone : (02) 9651 2961
Email : [email protected]

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