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The Springador is a designer breed that is a cross between an English Springer Terrier and a Labrador Retriever, two pedigree breeds that are even-tempered and smart. Like in most cross breeds, its adult size is hard to predict, ranging from 50 to 90 pounds and stand 46 to 61 centimetres. The breed is used 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.
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 because of its kind nature and sporting abilities. It is worth noting that because the Springador has not been standardised and is yet to be recognised by any major breed registries, the overall appearance and characteristics can widely differ.
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 Lab.
In terms of the coat, some Springadors can have the tight hair of the Lab and others can take the longer coat of the Springer Spaniel’s, with dogs having 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. Short-coated Springadors will do well with a weekly brush and wipe using chamois leather, while longer-coated ones will need more brushing, about two to three times a week. 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.
Just like its parent breeds, the Springador is friendly, happy and affectionate, which is why it is no surprise that more people are looking to own this breed as a family companion. In fact, it is suitable for first-time owners especially if they are up for the challenge of providing all its needs especially its exercise requirements. 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 because it does not suffer from separation anxiety. 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 trainings 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.
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:
Most dogs will benefit from a high-protein diet with animal meat as its main component. You have probably heard this more than a dozen times and while it can depend on your dog, this usually applies with the high-energy Springador. Protein should be paired with complex carbonhydrates 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.
The Springador has an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years. However, it can be prone to various health issues common to its parent breeds 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 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.
Purebred or not, all dogs deserve to be loved and cared for. Raising a dog means shelling out money to be able to provide for all its needs. Firstly, buying a Springador puppy will cost you around £200 to over £500. Insuring this breed can start at £20 for basic coverage.
Prepare to initially spend about £200 for its basic equipment and £40 monthly for food. The highest expense will go to routine veterinary care, which is very important to prevent deadly diseases. It will set you back around £900 annually for check-ups, vaccinations and boosters, worm/flea treatments, and neutering when the right time comes.
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