A loving family pet, a handsome show dog, a well-rounded sporting companion, the English Springer Spaniel enjoys a reputation of being one of the most widely appreciated dogs in the world. Affectionate, biddable, and good-natured, the Springer makes a fine choice for an active and attentive owner willing to put in the time training, grooming, and socializing this exceptional dog. Haja van Wessem, an international spaniel expert, has written an impeccable survey of the English Springer Spaniel, offering an excellent chapter on the breed's history in England, the Continent, and America, illustrated with over three dozen photographs of important dogs, and a chapter on the breed's characteristics, depicting the Springer's physical attributes and personality. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.