15 Checkpoints When Buying An English Springer Spaniel Puppy
Buying an English Springer Spaniel pup is the initial step on the long road of companionship and fun with these amazing animals. So, it’s important to get it right and these tips will enable you to do that. There is a saying “let the pup select you”, but that is all right up to a point, as you however want to be sure that the new pup is basically healthy.
A pup is by definition quite young, so we WOn’t know how it’ll grow, and for that reason must rely on the appearance of the parents. The things we can check on the mother (and maybe the father too if he is around) without being judging experts are:
1. From the side, is the body essentially square – Height equal to span is great?
2. Does the mom stand with pigeon toes or with paws paws straight ahead, or splayed?
3. Are the hindquarters muscular and strong appearing and are the rear paws pointing forward? The rear legs must not be perpendicular or raked too much, and should have a reasonable rake back.
4. The bottom of the tail should run parallel with the dog’s back and not rise above it.
5. The paws should look as a continuance of the legs as well as the toes must not be splayed (which could lead to injury).
6. The coat ought to be shiny and healthy looking, but not rough or curled. Feathering should not be excessive.
7. In addition to the fundamental liver and white or black and white coloring, some tan markings are okay, but only on the eyebrows, on the cheeks, in the ears, under the tail, and sparely on the lower legs. Blue roan is an acceptable color in the US.
If the mother has a great natural gait with the legs swinging right forwards then, and checks out nicely in these respects that should be an excellent indicator for her pups.
On the pup, the checks should be as follows (besides the others recorded in the next paragraph):
1. A liver colouring should be dark and vibrant.
2. Revealing may not be significant to you but a wavy coat will require more grooming.
3. Strong blue eyes that are not running or weeping (deeper color currently means a stronger hazel colour in adulthood).
4. A cold wet nose with no pink patches.
5. A coat that is glistening and smooth.
6. Assess for right bite in the teeth – upper teeth have a close overlap on the lower teeth as well as the jaw is set square.
7. Check the testicles to see that they are both descended (this would be by 6-8 week of age). If the pup is older than 8 weeks then both testicles must be completely descended for a show-line dog.
The pup must not appear too fat or too lean. A huge tummy could point to worms.
The above check list is not exhaustive but will give a great general indication of the pup’s likely growth.