15 Checkpoints When Buying An English Springer Spaniel Pup
Purchasing an English Springer Spaniel puppy is step one on the long road of enjoyment and companionship with these amazing animals. So, it is important to get it right and these tips will allow you to do that. There is a saying “let the puppy choose you”, but that is all right up to a point, as you however want to be sure that the new puppy is actually healthy.
A pup is by definition quite youthful, so we will not understand the way that it’ll grow, and thus have to rely on the look of the parents. The things we can check on the mother (and maybe the dad also if he’s around) without being judging pros are:
1. From the side, is the body essentially square – Height equal to length is good?
2. The forelegs – Does the mother stand with paws ideally paws directly ahead, or splayed or with pigeon toes?
3. Are the hindquarters muscular and strong looking and are the back paws pointing forward? The rear legs must not be vertical or raked much, and should have a reasonable rake back.
4. The base 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 and also the toes should not be splayed (which may lead to harm).
6. The coat ought to be shiny and healthy looking, but not curled or coarse. Feathering shouldn’t be excessive.
7. Along with the basic liver and white or black and white coloring, some tan markings are acceptable, however just on the eyebrows, on the cheeks, within the ears, under the tail, and sparely on the lower legs. Blue roan is an acceptable colour in the US.
If the mother checks out nicely in these respects, and has a good natural gait with the legs swinging straight forwards then that should be a great index for her pups.
On the pup, the checks ought to be as follows (besides the others recorded in the second paragraph):
1. A liver colouring ought to be dark and rich.
2. Revealing may not be important to you but a wavy coat will need more grooming.
3. Deep blue eyes that are not running or weeping (stronger shade currently means a stronger hazel color in adulthood).
5. A coat which is glossy and smooth.
6. Check the teeth for correct bite – upper teeth have a close overlap on the lower teeth and also the jaw is set square.
7. Verify the testicles to see that they’re both descended (this would be by 6-8 week of age). If the pup is older than 8 weeks afterward both testicles should be completely descended for a show-line dog.
The puppy must not seem overly thin or too fat. A large tummy could point to worms.
The above check list is not exhaustive but will give a great general indication of the pup’s likely development.