Springer Spaniels are one of the oldest English gundogs, and these compact little runners have been a sportsman’s best friend for hundreds of years. In fact, they are the breed that all English hunting spaniels come from. Known for their soft long hair with liver-coloured or black patched fur, and instantly recognisable by their characteristic floppy ears. Springers are very quick learners and their extraordinary good nature means they make friends with everyone. They suit strong, calm owners – the name Springer comes from their tendency to spring forward when chasing game birds.