The health and wellbeing of your dog will be among your
major concerns as a new or prospective owner of an English Springer Spaniel.
Taking the time to learn all you can about the health of your Springer is an
important step toward a long, rewarding and healthy relationship. Reputable
breeders are genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of the puppies and dogs
they produce. They are an excellent source of information on the care and
upbringing of your dog.
You should also have a basic understanding of the hereditary
and breed - predisposed diseases of English Springer Spaniels. All living
things can carry defective genes, and all breeds of dogs have diseases and
genetic conditions that can be inherited. While most English Springer Spaniels
lead healthy, happy lives and retain their vigor into old age, genetic-based
disorders are not uncommon. Most hereditary disorders are not life-threatening
and can be managed. However, some can cause pain and suffering to the dog, and
expense and emotional distress to the owner. Even the best breeding program and
the soundest of breeding stock can produce dogs with hereditary disorders. If
you purchase your puppy from a responsible breeder and are knowledgeable about
hereditary and breed-predisposed diseases, you will minimize the risk of health
and genetic challenges.