15 Checkpoints When Purchasing An English Springer Spaniel Puppy
Buying an English Springer Spaniel pup is the first step on the long road of companionship and enjoyment with these wonderful creatures. So, it’s important to get it right and these tips will help you do that. There is a saying “let the pup select you”, but that is all right up to a point, as you still wish to be sure that the new pup is actually healthy.
If you 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 really young, so we WOn’t understand how it will grow, and for that reason must rely on the appearance of the parents. The things we can check on the mother (and possibly the father too if he’s about) without being judging specialists are:
1. From the side, is the body essentially square – Height equal to length is not bad?
2. The forelegs – Does the mother stand with pigeon toes or with paws splayed, or paws directly ahead?
3. Are the hindquarters muscle and powerful are the rear paws and appearing pointing forwards? The rear legs should not be vertical or raked, and should have a moderate rake back.
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 along with the toes should not be splayed (which could result in injury).
6. The coat ought to be shiny and healthy looking, but not curly or coarse. Feathering should not be excessive.
7. Blue roan is an acceptable shade in the US.
If the mom has a great natural pace with the legs swinging right forwards afterward, and checks out nicely in these respects that all should be an excellent indicator 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 vibrant and dark.
2. A wavy coat in a pup isn’t a good indication for an adult show dog – check the jacket behind the head and down the neck and back.
3. Deep blue eyes which aren’t running or weeping (stronger colour today means a deeper hazel color in maturity).
5. A jacket which is lustrous and smooth.
6. Assess the teeth for right bite – upper teeth have the jaw is set square and a close overlap on the lower teeth.
7. Verify the testicles to see that they are both descended (this would be by 6-8 week of age).
The pup should overly fat or too fat. Worms could be pointed to by a huge tummy.
These tests are generic, and then you need to check the Breed Standard in more depth for your specific country, as Breed Standards aren’t fully consistent globally in the event you are intent on winning prizes with your English Springer Spaniel.
The aforementioned check list isn’t exhaustive but will give a good general indicator of the pup’s likely development.