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I’m looking to get more info on English Spaniels as I am considering this breed along with a Field Spaniel. I’ve read the show lines are calmer and more laid back then obviously a working line. I like them but prefer the markings of the show line European dogs and hunting lines. I do not want a hyper dog so I am shying away from the working lines.

I’m also concerned if either of these lines have more temperament issues than the other? What I’m looking for is a dog that is active for walks and games of fetch in the back yard but also occasional barn hunts just for fun and possibly agility…but only recreationally, not as a true competitor. I’m also concerned about resource guarding as I’ve heard it’s a big issue with spaniels and also this “rage syndrome”.

If I get a show line Springer from a really good breeder, who tests their breeding stock for the inherited diseases/conditions (like hip displasia and eye issues, patella, etc) am I more likely to get a good solid temperament dog that is not prone to the rage syndrome and resource guarding and that isn’t bouncing off the walls everyday because they need 2 hours of exercise?

Are Euro show line Springers calmer than field bred Springers?

I’ve been told by Field Spaniel breeders that Fields are more laid back. Is a laid back dog less prone to temperament issues? I like what some of the better Field breeders are doing …not only testing breed stock but also puppies, for inherited diseases BEFORE they go home to the new owners. I’m hoping that this would give my a better chance at having a well adjusted, confident, outgoing and easily trainable dog.

I’ve had three German line German Shepherds and have not had temperament or resource guarding issues with them….except with other dogs on occasion. I’ve told myself I probably wouldn’t have an issue with a spaniel since I kinda know how to keep my shepherds from being aggressive/snarky.

Any thoughts, help or advice is appreciated.
 

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I don't think there is as large of a split between Springers and Field Spaniels as there is with Cockers. There is a field vs. bench split with Springers but not really so with Field Spaniels.

Based on what you are wanting, I think a Field Spaniel would be a really good fit. They are generally much more laid back and go with the flow. Rage syndrome is pretty rare and I think resource guarding even with Springers isn't so bad as it can sometimes be with Cockers, but I don't think it's an issue with Field Spaniels at all. Plus, Fieldies are a rare breed anyway so most breeders are good ones; it's a lot easier to end up with a BYB Springer.
 
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