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 wonderful animals. So, it’s important to get it right and these suggestions will allow you to do that. There’s a saying “let the puppy select you”, but that’s all right up to a point, as you still wish to be sure that the new puppy is actually healthy.
For those who have done all the preliminary checks on the pup – parents’ pedigree, prize winners in last two generations and so on then we come to the finer points.
A pup is by definition very youthful, so we WOn’t understand how it will grow, and for that reason have to rely on the look of the parents. The things we can check on the mom (and maybe the dad too if he is about) without being judging pros are:
1. From the side, is the body essentially square – Height equal to length is not bad?
2. Does the mom stand with paws ideally paws directly ahead, or splayed or with pigeon toes?
3. Are the hindquarters muscle and powerful looking and are the back paws pointing forward? The rear legs should have an average rake back, and shouldn’t be vertical or raked much.
4. Parallel should run with the dog’s back and 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 lead to injury).
6. The coat ought to be polished and healthy looking, but not coarse or curly. Feathering should not be excessive.
7. Blue roan is an acceptable color in the US.
In case the mother checks out nicely in these respects, and has a great natural gait with the legs swinging straight forward then that should be an excellent index for her pups.
On the pup, the checks should be as follows (besides the others listed in the 2nd paragraph):
1. A liver colouring should be vibrant and dark.
2. A wavy coat in a pup is not an excellent indication 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 require more grooming.
3. Deep blue eyes which are not running or weeping (stronger color nowadays means a deeper hazel color in adulthood).
5. A jacket which is smooth and glossy.
6. Assess for right bite in the teeth – upper teeth have the jaw is set square and a close overlap on the lower teeth.
7. In case the pup is older than 8 weeks afterward both testicles should be completely descended for a show-line dog.
The puppy shouldn’t seem too lean or too fat. A large tummy could point to worms.
These tests are generic, and then you need to assess the Breed Standard in more depth for your particular country, as Breed Standards aren’t entirely consistent globally in case you are intent on winning prizes with your English Springer Spaniel.
The aforementioned check list is not exhaustive but will give a great general indicator of the pup’s likely growth.