After our first springer, Lizzy, got older we decided our home would be too empty with another springer. Instead of one we got three and like others have done decided we wanted to have a litter of puppies. We began researching best practices on breeding and began our journey. That was over ten years ago. What we have learned about health testing has at times been heart breaking as we have needed to remove dogs from our breeding pool. At the same time we are extremely proud of the good health and quality of temperament our dogs have. Knowing that when one of our puppies joins a new family it should be a great addition is our greatest joy.
English Springer Spaniels are intelligent and eager to please their humans. Of course they do everything with a great deal of enthusiasm. They are happy dogs that enjoy playful behavior from those around them. They usually do well with children if they are brought up with them from puppyhood and typically show a great deal of affection toward their family.
The English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association has identified specific health risks that Springers have. Most breeders do not test for these problems, and some will continue to use combinations of parents that put their puppies at risk. Others do not care enough about your future puppy to do all that is possible to avoid these risks.
Our promise is to not knowingly breed a combination of parents that puts puppies at risk of any health problems listed by ESSFTA . All of our dogs are tested for hips, elbows, eyes, and phosphofructokinase.
The cost of testing is minimal to be honest. Where it becomes expensive is screening out potential breeders.
If you are purchasing a puppy from a breeder that does not screen you are contributing to the health problems that Springers have.
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