English Spaniels are tough, muscular hunters, standing 19 to 20 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 40 and 50 pounds. They are highly trainable people-pleasers. An English Spaniel can be a good friend, a great companion, and an awesome guard for you. This post will provide you some simple tips for taking care of an English Spaniel.
Feed your English Spaniel
English Spaniels love to eat chicken, turkey, pork, beef, eggs, lamb, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Ground meat or unground meat is fine for this breed, as long as the food is not past its expiry date. You can also buy frozen food for your dog, but it’s a good idea to let the food thaw before feeding it to your dog.
High-quality kibble is also good food for the English Spaniel. This food can provide all the necessary nutrients, is easy to absorb, and saves you time. However, since they are hunting dogs, they will prefer raw food. Instead of just feeding dry kibbles, you can mix high-quality kibble with raw meat and feed your dog every meal.
When fully grown, an English Spaniel can reach up to 50 pounds. Depending on his age and level of activity, he will need to be fed approximately 1000 to 1400 calories per day. Your dog’s diet will be different from time to time so you should ask the vet to know exactly how much food your dog needs per day.
Caring your English Spaniel
Coat care: English Spaniels have a double coat, the topcoat is medium-length flat or wavy, the undercoat is short, soft, and dense. They need to be brushed at least three times a week to remove all the fallen hair, to avoid mats or tangles, and to keep your dog looking his best. You can also give your dog a professional hair cut every 1-2 months.
Nails care: You should trim your dog’s nails every month. His nails are breakable and they can damage your furniture, so keeping them short is necessary. You can ask the groomer or the vet to do it for you if you don’t feel comfortable doing this.
Teeth care: Like any other dog, the English Spaniel can easily get gum disease and bad breath without regular oral care. You should brush your dog’s teeth daily or at least 2-3 times a week.
Exercise: the English Spaniel’s body is designed for heavy-all right duty, so he needs a high activity level every day. He will love it if you let him run, hike, or swim for 60 minutes every day. Exercising with your dog is good for your health as well.
Training your English Spaniel
English Spaniels are intelligent, they can learn really quickly. It’s best for your dog if you get a professional dog training class for him. There are some rules that you need to follow if you’re going to train your dog at home:
Train your dog as soon as possible: When your dog is a puppy, he can remember better, he obeys you as you are the alpha and it’s easier to control a puppy than a big dog.
Potty train first: you don’t want your home to become a “toilet” for your dog, so you need to train him right from his first day. You can place an area as a “toilet” for your dog, take him there every 2-3 hours, give him a simple command like “potty” and wait until he does his job. Reward your dog right after he does a good job: It doesn’t matter what training you’re doing for your dog, you should always have on your hand a little tasty food to reward your dog. When you reward him, don’t forget to say a compliment to him with your happiest voice.