Springer Pit

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Springer Pit History

The Springer-Pit, also known as the Springer Spaniel, is a breed of gundog originating in Great Britain.[1] This medium-sized bird hunter is a gunner and retriever of upland game. The breed was used for hunting hare and pheasant, but is now primarily a hunting companion. The Pointer and the Setter are its two closest relatives, with the Pointer being its direct ancestor.[2] The spaniel group includes the 15 or so breeds that were developed from setters and pointers, including the English Cocker Spaniel, the Irish Setter, the Welsh Springer Spaniel, and the German Shorthaired Pointer. The origin of the term “Springer” is obscure. One theory says the name originates from the Old English word “sprængere”, which means “to spring”.[3] The word “springer” was also used in Middle English and Old French, and Shakespeare used the term “spring-heeled Jack” to refer to his “quick-footed” character.

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Springer Pit Physical Characteristics

The Springer Pit is a hybrid breed that is typically smaller than both the Golden and the Shepherd. They stand between 14 and 18 inches tall at the shoulder and usually weigh between 45 and 70 pounds. They have a muscular build with a short, smooth coat of any color. They have a round head with pointed ears and a strong jaw. The Springer Pit is intelligent, energetic, and athletic. They have strong herding instincts and can be difficult to housebreak.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Cream, Brindle, White, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 20 – 22 inches

Female Height Range: 19 – 21 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 35 – 50 lbs

Springer Pit Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

Springer Pit Health Concerns

Ear Infections, Canine Hip Dysplasia, Skin Diseases and Disorders, Retinal Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism

Springer Pit Temperament and Behaviour

The Springer Pit is a fun-loving, playful, and energetic breed of dog. They are incredibly active and athletic, and are prone to excessive barking and digging. They can be very vocal, and respond well to positive-reinforcement training and potty training.

Springer Pit Activity Requirements

Springer Pits are a high-energy, playful, and fun-loving hybrid of an American Pit Bull Terrier and a English or American Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Most Springer Pits have the drive and athleticism of pit-bull type dogs, but also have the sweet and compliant nature of their terrier ancestors. Because of their high energy levels, Springer Pits should be exercised regularly. Regular walks and trips to the dog park are excellent ways to keep your Springer Pit fit and happy. This breed of dog is happiest when they are given a job to do. For this reason, they are well-suited to activities like agility, flyball, and catch. If your Springer Pit is like most, they will likely become bored or destructive if they are not getting enough exercise and attention. This can be avoided by setting aside some time each day to play and exercising with your dog.

Miles Per Day

15 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Springer Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Springer Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Springer Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Springer Pit is part of the Unclassified group.

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