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The Sprollie, although a cross between the English Springer Spaniel and the Border Collie, looks very much like the latter breed. This is no surprise as this dog has taken many of its parent breeds’ traits. However, Sprollie pups from the same litter may look different from each other and may also have varying proportions of their parents’ traits. Highly brainy, affectionate, and active, this dog is a wonderful pet for the family and first-time owners.
When the English Springer Spaniel and Border Collie were crossed in the UK decades ago, the Sprollie emerged. Although its exact origins remain a mystery, crossing Border Collies with Springer Spaniels has been done for a number of decades. They usually mated freely and the resulting offspring, Sprollies, were utilised as working dogs on farms.
The Sprollie has the characteristics of both its parent breeds, both of which have wonderful traits. As such, it is no surprise that this crossbreed later began to be purposely bred as pets. In recent years, the popularity of the Sprollie began to rise, and the demand for it has grown since then.
Currently, this hybrid canine is not yet recognised by The Kennel Club.
The Sprollie’s height ranges from 46-565 cm. Its weight usually ranges from 18-25 kg. As this dog is a crossbreed, its appearance from one pup to another. A single litter of Sprollie puppies, for example, can yield pups of varying colours, patterns, and traits. Despite this, there are characteristics that tend to be common for most, if not all, Sprollies.
Most of this breed has the same feathered, floppy ears that hang down the sides of their faces, close to the cheeks. They also usually have similar coats as their Spaniel parent. Their colours, even the tails, tend to be inherited from their Border Collie ancestor.
The Sprollie head is broad and proportionate to its body, with alert and intelligent eyes. Its nose is either black or brown, and its eyes can be light or dark brown. Its neck is muscular and strong, and its chest is deep. Its athletic build consists of well-developed hindquarters and thighs, muscular loins and straight front legs. Its tail has a slight curve and is never carried over its back. Its paws are oval and have deep pads and arched toes.
Its double coat, which protects it from harsh weather conditions, can be short and smooth or semi-long. Although the Sprollie’s coat colours cover a wide range of hues and patterns, the most common ones are the black and white pattern. The liver and white combination is also common.
The Sprollie’s coat is easy to maintain. A twice weekly brushing is enough to keep its fur in good condition. It sheds throughout the whole year, though.
Considering both its parent breeds are lively and workaholics, the Sprollie is also likewise energetic and looking for something to do. It is also very smart and learns fast. As such, this canine is best suited for owners leading an active lifestyle in the great outdoors.
Very friendly, outgoing, and affectionate, the Sprollie temperament also varies among individuals. Its personality depends on how much from each parent it has inherited. However, the liveliness and friendliness frequently occur among such dogs.
Although loving towards its family, play time with children should be supervised as it can be boisterous. Positive reinforcement should be utilised in training this canine. When bored or not sufficiently exercised, the Sprollie can engage in a variety of undesirable behaviours.
First-time owners and families will enjoy the company of this wonderful canine. However, its first 2 years can be trying as it is when it is at its most energetic. Early socialisation will help make this dog a balanced pooch.
Follow a set feeding schedule consistently, and provide the same food your Sprollie is used to in order to avoid gastric upsets. However, if you need to shift to another type of high-quality food, do so gradually. This helps your pet adjust accordingly without complications. Puppies must be fed 3-4 times a day whilst adult ones can be fed twice a day.
For a Sprollie puppy 2-6 months old, feed it 150-270 g of food daily, depending also on its size and activity level. For one that is 7-8 months old, feed it 150-250 g of food daily. On its 10th to 11th month, feed it 135-195 g of food. When it turns 12 months and beyond, it can be fed adult food.
The adult Sprollie weighing 18 kg should be fed about 215-280 g of food daily, also taking into consideration its activity level. For those 20 kg and above, the daily recommended portion ranges from 250-335 g.
The average Sprollie lifespan is 10 to 17 years. This breed is known to be affected by the following health issues:
As a very active dog, the Sprollie should be exercised for at least an hour every day. It should be allowed to go off lead, provided it is in a securely fenced yard. Its high prey drive requires vigilance in letting it run about off lead and necessitates lead walking on other times. Being an intelligent breed, the Sprollie should be mentally stimulated as well. Boredom will lead it to engage in undesirable behaviours.
A Sprollie puppy costs between £250 and £350 on average. Insurance may cost about £24 (basic) to £42 (lifetime) monthly. The food cost is estimated at £30-£40 monthly. For vaccinations, boosters, annual checks and other veterinary costs, pet care expenses may add up to more than £900 annually.
On average, a Sprollie owner will spend about £60-£90 per month. The insurance fees can also affect these cost estimates. For its lifetime (10-17 years), the costs can range from £7,200 to £18,360 overall. This estimate does not include the expenses incurred in buying a puppy yet.
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