Grooming

The English Springer Spaniel’s topcoat is naturally silky with a dense undercoat to resist all weather. The Springer does not require a lot of grooming, however, it is important to brush and comb it regularly, especially the ears.

Brushing not only enhances the look of the coat but also stimulates the skin and encourages new hair growth. A good stiff bristle brush is required and a medium tooth comb. If you have any problems, just let me know. A dog being shown requires a more detailed grooming regime.

 

To prevent food from getting into ear feathering and causing it to knot up, place a “snood”, a piece of tubed fabric with elastic at either end, (a pantyhose leg, cut off at each end will suffice) over the puppy’s head whilst it is eating. The snood should be removed at the conclusion of the meal.

 

It is also important to keep feet neatly trimmed of long hair. Carefully cut out the hair around each pad and underneath, in between the pads, with sharp scissors. A trimmed foot makes it easier to check for grass seeds and prevents mud from sticking to the hair between the toes, which, if left unattended, can be quite painful for the dog and may cause infection. It is also wise to check the dog all over, especially the ears and feet, for grass seeds after exercising in grassy areas. This is mandatory when grass is seeding. If a seed lodges itself in any part of the body it can travel quite a distance very quickly causing some harm. Its removal usually requires veterinary attention.

 

The ears on the Springer require attention and, apart for keeping the hair free from knots, it is important to ensure that the ear canal remains dry as this will assist in preventing infection.

When bathing your Springer, place cotton wool ball in each ear to prevent water from entering. Remember to remove the cotton wool once the bath is over. It is also advisable to cut the coat around the ear orifice so that air can more easily enter the canal. Each time you brush your Springer, check the ears and if there is a foul smelling emitting, this usually suggests a problem, such as ear canker and veterinary advice should be sought.