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Height: 56 - 61cm M | 53 - 58cm F
Weight: 27 - 36kg M | 25 - 32kg F
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 Years

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Introduction

The Springador makes a great family pet. It is loving and affectionate, it gets on well with children of all ages.

The Springador is a designer breed that is a cross between an English Springer Spaniel and a Labrador Retriever, two pedigree breeds that are even-tempered and smart. Like with most cross breeds, its adult size is hard to predict, ranging from 50 to 90 pounds and stand 46 to 61 centimetres. The springador thrives in canine sports as well as therapy and police work.

Are you thinking of getting a Springador? Read the breed profile of this happy and highly trainable crossbreed.


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History

The Springador is a designer breed with two pedigree parent breeds that are known to have sound temperaments: the English Springer Spaniel and the Labrador Retriever. The history of this crossbreed is difficult to trace even though it is relatively new to the dog scene. It is said that although this mix only rose to popularity recently, it has been around informally for decades in the canine sports world.

It is difficult to determine if the cross was intentional or accidental but the resulting breed is slowly but surely winning the hearts of dog owners. The breed is loved for its kind nature and sporting abilities.

Because the Springador breed has not been standardised and is yet to be recognised by any major breed registries, the overall appearance and characteristics of the breed can widely differ.


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Appearance and Grooming

Like most hybrid dogs that have not been standardised, Springadors can have varying sizes. They can weigh around 50 to 90 pounds and stand 46 to 61 centimetres, usually bigger than a Springer Spaniel but smaller than a Labrador.

For their coat, some Springadors have the tight hair of the Labrador and others take the longer coat of the Springer Spaniel. The latter often have a different amount of markings. There could also be feathering on the ears, chest, legs and tail.

The Springador usually has a double coat composed of a harsh outer coat that can be straight, wavy or shaggy and a dense soft undercoat. The breed comes in yellow, black, brown, chocolate, and golden, with or without markings.

Grooming depends on the length of the coat. For short-coated Springadors, it is recommended with a weekly brush and wipe using chamois leather. While for longer-coated Spingadors, more frequent brushing is needed, about two to three times a week should is normally required.

Attention should be given to feathering in the ears, bellies and other parts to avoid tangles and matts. Other grooming regimens include regular brushing of the teeth, cleaning of the ears and trimming of the nails.


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Temperament and Intelligence

like its parent breeds, the Springador is friendly, happy and affectionate. It is no surprise that more people are looking to own this breed as a family companion. It is also a suitable choice for first-time dog owners.

As an active breed, the Springador thrives with families that lead active, outdoor lives and is not for people that live in small apartments.

It builds strong bonds with family members but can manage to be left alone for short periods. That being said, dogs should not be left unsupervised for long periods or they may develop negative behaviour to amuse themselves when they get bored.

Springadors have an affinity with children of all ages. However, since it is a high-energy dog, adults should always supervise interactions to avoid untoward incidents. It also gets along with other pets it grows up with but would consider cats and other small animals in the neighbourhood as prey.

Training-wise, the Springador is intelligent and willing to please so they can be taught various things, more than just basic commands. This highly trainable breed can be given important jobs and trained to become dependable therapy and police dogs.

It is important to start training as early as possible since Springador puppies can be active and energetic, making concentration during training more challenging. This breed also does not respond to harsh methods so it takes a lot of patience and positive reinforcements to get the job done.


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Nutrition and Feeding

A typical serving for an adult Springador is 2 to 4 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. However, since the size of adult Springadors could vary, do your research and talk to your veterinarian on providing the right amount of nutrients. Also, factors like age, activity level and metabolism should also be considered. Typical calorie needs of 70-pound adult Springadors per day:

  • Senior and less active: up to 1,500 calories daily
  • Typical adults: up to 1,670 calories daily
  • Physically active/working dogs: up to 1,880 calories daily

Most dogs will benefit from a high-protein diet with animal meat as its main component. Protein should be paired with complex carbohydrates to further support its energy needs. Omega fatty acids will also help keep the Springador’s coat healthy and shiny. Since this breed can be prone to joint problems, Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate are also needed.


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Health and Exercise

The Springador has an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years. However, it can be prone to various health issues common to their parent breeds.

These issues including eye problems like Hereditary Eye Disease, Progressive Retinol Atrophy, Cataracts, Total Retinal Dysplasia, and Goniodysgenesis/Primary Glaucoma.

It can also develop ear issues, Hip and Elbow Dsyplasia, autoimmune diseases, Exercise Induced Collapse, and Centronuclear Myopathy. While it does not mean that your Springador will have any or all of these health issues, it is important to be aware of them.

Springadors are high-energy and intelligent dogs that would need at least one hour of physically draining and mentally stimulating activities daily to be truly happy. Aside from walks, it will excel in canine sports and would gladly take on jobs.

However, as previously mentioned, it can be prone to Exercise Induced Collapse, which is common in mixed breeds. Make sure not to overdo strenuous activities especially in extreme weathers.


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Cost of Ownership

If you are keen on buying a Springador, you need to prepare £200-£500 for a well-bred pedigree puppy. To ensure it stays healthy at whatever age, you will need to feed your dog high quality food and treats, which can set you back £40-£50 a month. You would also need to spend on dog accessories such as leads, collars, food bowls, crates, beds, and toys. The combined initial cost for these things is estimated at £200.

As to healthcare, you should be prepared in case your dog suddenly falls ill or gets into an accident. You can offset some bills if you get a pet insurance, which can range from £23 for a time-limited cover up to £45 for a lifetime one. These prices vary depending on your dog’s health, age, the type of cover you choose, and whether it has pre-existing conditions.

Other outgoings to consider are veterinary expenses that may not be included in a pet insurance coverage such as vaccinations, routine checks, neutering or spaying, and annual boosters, which can have a combined cost of £900 annually. Overall, you will be budgeting £70-£100 a month for recurring expenses, depending on the type of insurance cover you choose for your dog.


Springador Breed Highlights

  • The Springador is a friendly, even-tempered and sweet dog.
  • There are no breed standards so adult size and appearance are difficult to predict.
  • Like its parent breeds, it is intelligent and willing to please.
  • Grooming depends on the length of the coat but is generally easy to maintain.
  • It is a high-energy dog that needs 60 minutes of exercise every day.
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    The information, including measurements, prices and other estimates, on this page is provided for general reference purposes only.