15 Checkpoints When Buying An English Springer Spaniel Puppy
Buying an English Springer Spaniel pup is the first step on the long road of companionship and fun with these wonderful animals. So, it’s important to get it right and these tips will help you do that. There is a saying “let the pup pick you”, but that’s all right up to a point, as you however wish to be sure that the brand new pup is basically healthy.
If you have done all the preliminary tests 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 will not understand the way that it will grow, and therefore need to rely on the appearance of the parents. The things we can check on the mom (and perhaps the father too if he is around) without being judging pros are:
1. From the side, is the body basically square – Height equal to span is great?
2. The forelegs – Does the mother stand with pigeon toes or with paws splayed, or ideally paws directly ahead?
3. Are the hindquarters muscle and powerful are the back paws and looking pointing forwards? The rear legs should not be raked or perpendicular much, and should have an average rake back.
4. Parallel should run with the dog’s back and not rise above it.
5. The paws should look as a continuance of the legs and also the toes must not be splayed (which could cause harm).
6. The coat ought to be shiny and healthy looking, but not curly or rough. Feathering shouldn’t be excessive.
7. In addition to the fundamental liver and white or black and white coloring, some tan markings are acceptable, 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 color in the US.
In case the mother has a great natural pace with the legs swinging right forward then, and checks out well in these respects that all should be a good index for her pups.
1. A liver colouring ought to be rich and dark.
2. Showing may not be important to you but a wavy coat will need grooming.
3. Deep blue eyes that aren’t running or weeping (stronger colour nowadays means a deeper hazel colour in maturity).
5. A jacket that is smooth and glistening.
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 puppy should not appear too thin or too fat. Worms could be pointed to by a large tummy.
The aforementioned check list is not exhaustive but will give a great general indication of the pup’s likely development.