English Sprointer

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English Sprointer History

The English Sprointer is the only purebred documented terrier-type scent hound. The Sprointer is a dog from the British Isles that was used by hunters to track scents left by foxes and deer and to flush them out. The origin of the name is lost to history, but it is likely that it is derived from the Irish language word for fox. Originally, the Sprointer was a dog that appeared sporadically and was recognized only by a few rural hunts. In the mid 1800s, there were at least three different varieties of English Spros, each with its own distinctive appearance and name. Most of the early writers on Foxhounds and Bloodhounds described them as three distinctly different breeds. The modern English Sprointer is a relatively recent development, with the modern English Spro appearing in the late 1890s. The origins of the modern English Spro can be traced back to 1893, when Mr. R. B. Harrison purchased his first Foxhound pup named “Baltic”. Baltic was descended from a litter of pups produced by a bitch named “Clemency”. Clemency was sired by “Aubrey”, a Foxhound owned by Lord Lonsdale. Aubrey was a descendant of an Old Tom, a now-extinct type of Hound. The original purpose of the Old Tom was to track the scent of foxes that were hiding in dense briar bushes or culverts.

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English Sprointer Physical Characteristics

The English Springer Spaniel is a small-sized breed of sporting gundog. It is similar in appearance to a larger version of the Cocker Spaniel. This breed is compact and well muscled. The head is triangular in shape and is in proportion to the body. The muzzle is medium in length and tapers evenly into a strong chin. The ears are small, set high, and erect. The neck is muscular and moderately long. The shoulder blades are well laid back. The legs are straight and set well under the body. The feet are round, large, and compact, with five toes. The tail is long and reaches almost to hock joint. The coat is weather-resistant and thick, and comes in any shade, either liver or lemon. The coloring on the English Springer is sometimes described as “rust”. Various solid colors as well as varying shades of liver and lemon are permissible. The preferred color is liver, but any combination of the lighter shades, including white, is acceptable. Alternatively, the markings can be dark rust, sometimes known as “tan”, usually with white patches on the chest, belly, and legs.

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Coat Colors

Brown, White, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 17 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 50 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 44 – 65 lbs

English Sprointer Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

English Sprointer Health Concerns

Entropion, Cardiomyopathy, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia

English Sprointer Temperament and Behaviour

The English Springer Spaniel is an energetic and fun-loving little dog. They are happy, outgoing, and sociable with humans and other animals. They like to be active and are always up for games, walks, or a game of fetch. They are generally well-behaved and make great family dogs.

English Sprointer Activity Requirements

The English Springer Spaniel is a happy, loving, and playful dog. They love spending time with their families and are happiest when they can spend time with their favorite people. English Springer Spaniels do require a moderate amount of exercise. While they do not require the same amount of vigorous activity as many other breeds, they do need to stay active. An hour-long walk or jog each day is a good way to keep your Springer Spaniel healthy. They will also enjoy some indoor games like fetch and tug-of-war. If you are looking for a dog that you can take with you on walks, hikes, and jogs, an English Springer Spaniel may be a good choice.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

120 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Sprointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Sprointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

English Sprointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Sprointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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