Labrador cross Springer Spaniel has captured the 37th spot in the UK’s “top 100 list” of favorite dog breeds. In 2018, the Springador dog, a Labrador cross springer spaniel, ranked 37th in the UK’s top 100 list of the most popular dog breeds.
This is not an easy task, mind you, but in 2015 the Springador was also listed at number 3 on The Field Gun Dog’s list of “21 Best Mixed Breed Dogs”!
Springer Lab crossbreed dog. There is, of course, something special about this Springer Lab breed dog.
Of course, not everyone is a huge fan of crossbred or “designer” puppies.
These new hybrid dogs have their fans and critics.
But then also certain purebred dog breeds.
If you love dogs and are looking for a unique dog with specific strengths and attributes, find out if the Springer Lab might be the perfect dog for you!
What is a Springador?
A Springador is the official nickname of the Labrador Springer mix dog.
Labrador x Springer characteristics and traits. This means that all Springadors have Labrador x Springer traits and traits.
However, it is not possible to predict in advance which of these traits and traits of either parent dog might manifest in a particular puppy!
For some dog lovers, this is a source of great adventure and anticipation.
For others, bringing home a Springer Lab puppy is less desirable.
Springador fully grown!) (If you need a dog with very specific attributes, you can adopt a fully grown Springador!)
English Springer Spaniel Lab mix, or the Labradinger, which is a play on the “Labrador” contribution to this mixed dog breed. PS Sometimes the Springador is also referred to as the Springador. This is a piece about the Spaniel Lab’s Spaniel Contribution, or the Labradinger, which is the Labrador Contribution to this mixed breed of dog.
Springer Spaniel and Lab history
st century (and occasionally before – after all, dogs will be dogs sometimes!), some dog owners are still just learning about breeds like the Labrador Springer Spaniel mix. While dog breeds have been crossbred since the early 21st century (and occasionally before – after all, dogs will sometimes be dogs), some dog owners are still learning to just mix-breeds like Labrador Springer Spaniels.
Because there can be some element of the unknown in any litter of hybrid puppies, one of the best ways to find out how a puppy will grow up is to learn as much as you can about both parent dog breeds.
We start here with a brief overview of the breed history of Springer Spaniels and Labrador Retrievers.
Springer Spaniel story
With a name like “Spaniel”, it’s no wonder some historians believe that this purebred dog breed originated in Spain.
However, with a history dating back to 300 and stiff competition to claim the origin of this dog breed, it’s hard to know who introduced whom to whom.
Since there are two different breeds of Springer Spaniels (English Springer Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels) and 10 breeds of spaniels, figuring out exactly what exactly the spaniel breed has in common with your Springador puppy can be very important.
Springer Spaniels were bred to flush dogs.
Originally their job was to leap, bark, and bark (spring) small wild birds and furry mammals out of the undergrowth, to hunt them down with dogs, hawks, or rifles.
These dogs are tireless and very, very good at what they do!
Labrador Retriever story
The history of the Labrador Retriever is fascinating from the start when you learn that the part of Canada (at that time the territory of England) for which they were named is not the part they actually came from.
These dogs were originally bred in Newfoundland and called the smaller Newfoundland or alternatively the St. John’s dog.
The original St. John’s Dog line is now extinct.
Originally, Labradors (no surprise here) were retrievers in the field.
They were working dogs who excelled at wading or swimming to retrieve decrepit waterfowl and other prey.
Her thick, waterproof coat is evidence of those early beginnings.
two “distinct labrador retriever lines>, the English (show) and American (pet) lines. Today there are two “different labrador retriever lines”, the English (show) and the American (pet) line.
There are some noticeable differences in temperament and appearance between the two lines.
It is therefore important to find out exactly from which line the dog your Springador puppy comes from.
Nobody is sure when the hybrid dog breed called the Springador first seriously emerged.
Since both Springer Spaniels and Labradors can be determined when they want to have puppies, it is generally agreed that the earliest of these crossbreed dogs probably came about purely by chance!
Today the Springador hybrid dog breed is a recognized mixed breed dog – officially in the UK and less officially in the United States.
Part of the ongoing opposition to the Springador, and crossbred dogs in general, comes from a perspective in some circles that crossbred dogs dilute purebred dog lines that breeders have worked so hard for.
crossbreeding “> to strengthen very limited and fragile genetic lines. In certain cases, however, there may be an argument even among dedicated purebred breeders to introduce crossbreeds “> to strengthen very limited and fragile genetic lines.
With careful planning and planning, this can sometimes be beneficial to the healthy future of certain purebred dog breeds.
purebred “dogs versus mutts”, or mixed breed dogs, today it is at least clear that both are here to stay. While it is unlikely that 100% of dog lovers, breeders, or club leaders will ever come to an agreement in the ongoing debate over purebred dogs or mixed breed dogs, it is at least clear today that both will stay here.
Springer Spaniel and Lab mix. Like all other aspects of a Springador puppy, the size of the Springador dog in the Springer Spaniel and Lab mix can vary according to either parent dog.
Therefore, for planning reasons, it can be helpful to consider size differences – both small and large.
In both purebred parent dog breeds, the males are larger and heavier than the females.
Springer Spaniel size
The Springer Spaniel can weigh anywhere from 40 to 50 pounds in adulthood.
In terms of height (shoulder-paw pads), the Springer Spaniel is a large dog that stands between 19 and 20 inches tall.
Labrador Retriever size
The Labrador Retriever can weigh anywhere from 55 to 80 pounds in adulthood.
In terms of height, a lab can stand anywhere from 21.5 to 24.5 inches tall.
A Springador puppy can weigh anywhere from 40 to 80 pounds – that’s quite a planning requirement!
In general, however, the majority of Springador puppies are likely to fall in the medium weight range: 45 to 65 pounds.
In terms of height, a Springador dog must not deviate too much from either parent, as both are naturally tall.
For the most part, your Springador puppy will inherit some lovely temperament genes from each parent dog.
Springer Spaniel temperament
th on the American Kennel Club’s list of the top 100 most popular purebred dog breeds. The Springer Spaniel currently ranks 26th on the American Kennel Club’s list of the top 100 most popular purebred dog breeds.
These dogs are popular in the sports world for their incredible work ethic and intelligence.
Springer Spaniels are known for having a strong drive to keep their people happy and an equally strong need to be with people at all times.
They won’t be fine if left alone regularly!
You also need plenty of exercises to stay healthy and happy – this isn’t a breed of dog that will sit happily on the couch for long.
Not only are Springer Spaniels great hunting dogs, but they also make loving family pets too.
They are known to be good with children and adults.
However, if you have other vulnerable pets in the family then you should think twice about choosing a Springador dog, as they are bred to hunt small, quick game prey!
Labrador Retriever temperament
st on the American Kennel Club’s list of the top 100 most popular purebred dog breeds and has held this position for the past 27 consecutive years! The Labrador Retriever currently ranks 1M on the American Kennel Club’s list of the Top 100 Most Popular Purebred Dog Breeds and has held that position for the past 27 consecutive years!
Springer x Lab mix is no exception. So it’s not surprising that so many new hybrid dog breeds are choosing a parent as a Lab, and the Springer x Lab mix is no exception.
The Lab is known to be a very friendly family dog with great enthusiasm for being a part of your life in every way.
They love to run, play and swim.
Marley & Me so aptly outlined). These dogs really do need companionship – a lab with too much time to itself will be a destructive lab (as the Marley & Me book and movie so aptly pointed out).
Laboratories are hunting dogs too, so care must be taken when socializing a laboratory to ensure that other vulnerable pets are accepted.
However, labs make excellent family dogs and are known to be great with kids.
Here you can see that your Springador puppy is likely to have high energy, high prey, and a high need to be an ongoing part of active family life.
Springadors won’t do well if left to their own devices – they really need to be with people regardless of which parent dog a puppy takes after most.
As we have just learned, both Labrador Retrievers and Springer Spaniels are very energetic and absolutely need to be satisfied.
What does that mean for training?
So in most cases, there is good news for you!
Springador puppies inherit their parents’ parental drive, which promises good results in daily interactive training units!
Springer Spaniel Lab Mix exercise
Neither the Labrador nor the Springer Spaniel is couch potatoes.
(Though the lab, especially, can become more sedentary in middle to late life.)
These dogs were born and bred to work tirelessly.
If you don’t give them a job, they will be smart and driven enough to create something for themselves!
Laboratories in particular (depending on the line: English or American) can mature too late.
This adds immaturity to the pup with a naturally high level of energy, curiosity, and intelligence.
This can be an important consideration when planning your Springador daily schedule.
Both parent dogs enjoy:
- long walks
- fetch long games
- Agility training
- Obedience training
- Service or therapy dog work
- chase, run
- other sporting activities
This means that you will most likely see the same traits as the Springador puppy.
Lab Springer mixed coating
Some dog lovers don’t care about highly buried dogs – they know they can come with the territory!
For others, especially if you have a family member who is more prone to pet dander allergies, you may need to know in advance if your pup is shedding a lot.
As you will see, the Springador dog is not the right choice for allergy sufferers!
Springer Spaniel coat
The Springer Spaniel has a thick, beautiful coat that is particularly long on the chest and legs.
These dogs are show stoppers when freshly groomed.
You can look like bad hair on steroids if your coat is neglected!
Like many working dog breeds, Springer Spaniels shed their coat seasonally and “blow” year-round.
They need a lot of brushing and grooming for the health of their coat and skin.
Labrador Retriever Coat
Laboratories have a particularly coarse, dense, water-repellent layer with a thick insulating layer.
This arose from their heritage as hunting/water dogs.
The labs also blow seasonally and shut down all year round.
Although their coats are short, they do need regular brushing.
This ensures that the shedding remains manageable and the skin stays healthy.
In almost every case, a Springador puppy will come out with a thick coat that blows seasonally and looks year-round.
Whether your puppy needs more after the Lab parent’s short coat or the Spaniel parent’s long coat can determine whether trips to the professional groomer may also be required.
In terms of coat color, a Springador is just as likely to have the classic coloring of one of the two-parent dogs.
For a laboratory, this can be black, chocolate brown, or yellow.
A springer spaniel is usually brown and cream in color.
Chocolate Lab Springer Spaniel mix, it is more likely (although not for sure) your Springador pup will be brown with cream or white markings. For example, if you’re keeping an eye out for a puppy to be bred from a Chocolate Lab Springer Spaniel mix, the more likely (although not certain) that your Springador puppy is brown with cream or white markings.
Springer Spaniel health
The Springer Spaniel is predisposed to the following hereditary health concerns:
Dysplasia of the hip and elbow (malformation of the joints)
PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), which leads to blindness
Canine phosphofructokinase (PFK) – a red blood cell disease
Genetic tests are available for all of these known problems.
There is another known health issue for Springer Spaniels that are rare but worth noting.
Springer “rage syndrome>, and health experts still are not sure exactly what causes it or what it actually is. It’s called Springer Rage Syndrome, and health professionals still aren’t sure what exactly is causing it or what it actually is.
This is something you want to investigate at the breeder level.
If it is possible to meet and evaluate the temperaments of both parent dogs, it can also help allay concerns.
Labrador Retriever health
Dysplasia of the hip and elbow (malformation of the joints)
PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), which leads to blindness
Movement Induced Collapse (EIC)
Genetic tests are available for each of these known problems.
There is great synchronicity between the two parent dog breeds in relation to known genetic (heritable) health conditions.
This makes it more likely that your Springador puppy will inherit these conditions.
Genetic testing (ideally on the parent dogs) should be a priority before committing to a Springador puppy for life.
Labrador Springer Cross Life
Labradors have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Springer Spaniels have an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
Where your Springador puppy falls along this spectrum depends on a couple of things:
- Size (small dogs tend to outlive larger dogs)
- the health of each parent dog, daily diet, and level of activity
- Access to preventive veterinary care
The Springador mixed breed mix is popular in both the US and the UK.
However, breeders are not always easy to find.
You may find that you have to travel some distances to get a puppy.
Or you have to have the puppy sent to you.
Always look for a breeder who offers an Initial Health Guarantee and Take Back Guarantee.
They also want written evidence that both parent dogs have been relieved of known genetic problems.
The cost of a Springador puppy can vary widely from breeder to breeder.
Parent dog origins and past show prices, color, birth order, gender, and simple demand can all drive prices up.
Is a Springador right for me?
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