Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

English Springer Spaniel

Spaniel (English Springer)


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
28.07.2009.
KC
September 2007

UTILISATION

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FCI
Flushing dog, Retriever.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 2Flushing Dogs
With working trial

KC
Gundog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Breed is of ancient and pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding and springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.
KC
Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active. Highest on leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Breed is of ancient and pure origins, oldest of sporting gundogs; original purpose was finding and springing game for net, falcon or greyhound. Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Friendly, happy disposition, biddable. Timidity or aggression highly undesirable.
KC
Friendly, happy disposition, biddable. Timidity or aggression highly undesirable.

HEAD

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KC
Skull of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent. Cheeks flat. Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes, fairly deep and square in flew. Nostrils well developed.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Of medium length, fairly broad, slightly rounded, rising from foreface, making a brow or stop, divided by fluting between eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nostrils well developed.

Muzzle

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FCI
Foreface of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep, well chiselled below eyes.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Fairly deep and square.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Cheeks

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FCI
Flat.

Eyes

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FCI
Medium size, almond-shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes undesirable.
KC
Medium size, almond-shaped, not prominent nor sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes undesirable.

Ears

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FCI
Lobular, good length and width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.
KC
Lobular, good length and width, fairly close to head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.

NECK

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FCI
Good length, strong and muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.
KC
Good length, strong and muscular, free from throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.

BODY

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FCI
Strong, neither too long nor too short.
KC
Strong, neither too long nor too short. Chest deep, well developed. Well sprung ribs. Loin muscular, strong with slight arch and well coupled.

Loin

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FCI
Muscular, strong with slight arch and well coupled.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, well developed. Well sprung ribs.

TAIL

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FCI
Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action.
Undocked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. In balance with the rest of the dog.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. Undocked: Set low, never carried above level of back. Well feathered with lively action. In balance with the rest of the dog.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight and well boned.
KC
Forelegs straight and well boned. Shoulders sloping and well laid. Elbows set well to body. Strong flexible pasterns.

Shoulder

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FCI
Sloping and well laid.

Elbow

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FCI
Set well to body.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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FCI
Strong, flexible.

FEET

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KC
Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong, full pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong, full pads.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Hind legs well let down.
KC
Hindlegs well let down. Stifles and hocks moderately bent. Thighs broad, muscular, well developed. Coarse hocks undesirable.

Thigh

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FCI
Broad, muscular, well developed.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderately bent.

Hock

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FCI
Moderately bent. Coarse hocks undesirable.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy free manner. Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed.
KC
Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy free manner. Hocks driving well under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride typical of this breed.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Close, straight and weather resisting, never coarse. Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body and hinquarters.
KC
Close, straight and weather resisting, never coarse. Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body and hindquarters.

COLOUR

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FCI
Liver and white, black and white, or either of these colours with tan markings.
KC
Liver and white, black and white, or either of these colours with tan markings.

SIZE

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KC
Approximate height: 51 cms (20 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI
Approximate height at withers 51 cm (20 ins).

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.