Some history of the breed

The actual breeding of spaniel breeds has happened in Britain, excluding American Cocker Spaniels. According to some sources, the earliest stock arrived in Britain with the ancient Romans from the Continent of Europe.

Although the names Springer and Springing Spaniel were long used for springing dogs, the breed was first called Norfolk spaniel. there was not much breeding in the Norfolk area, still the breed was named after Duke of Norfolk who, in fact, lived in Sussex. The name was officially changed into Springer Spaniel in 1902. It was already then that the two varieties, English and Welsh Springers were recognized.

English Springer Spaniels have spread throughout the world. Especially in the USA the annual registration numbers are of five figures. The breed came to Finland in the early1920´s but there were relatively few of them until the beginning of the 1960´s. You can find English Springers everywhere in Finland and there are breeders both in the south and in the north.