|Barked: Mon Mar 5, '12 3:11pm PST |
|There is very little better than a good pet ESS, bench variety, if you are well suited to one. Well suited to one means that you really appreciate an affectionate dog who thinks you are his answer to life and makes a past time out of celebrating your existence. My warning is always if you do not like affectionate, do not get this breed, because they are addicted to love They are beautiful dogs, they are *extremely* willing to please and have a lot of heart, bench varieties are nicely outdoorsy and into a good hike, etc. They learn quickly and are fun to work with. They tend to get on well with anything that breathes oxygen and unlike MANY spaniels a ***well bred*** ESS does not have a timidity trend and is the natural extrovert, so their sociability is way up there, but unlike an Am Cocker don't have you questioning their loyalty An ESS tends to always save the best for his owner, but loves to meet other people.
I grew up with them in my backdrop. Friends of my mom's family had retired from their lurcrative careers, got a lovely Connecticut homestead, got the pink cadillac, built a bridge over the small lake on their property and courted all the area ducks there. It was the most idyllic property they could imagine, and they, THEY were....insufferably bored They had always had an Eng Spring, so decided to just go whole hog and ended up maintaining a show string and did extremely well with them. Their home always had around eight of them, either retired or on vacation from the handler's. So naturally, that was my favorite place in the world. They'd play with you all day, were adventurous and vigorous but also so soft and gleeful.
Eng Springs are not a good choice if you believe there "is a time for everything." They tend to always be "on." If on the other hand you wished for a dog who could show you some attention or be into stuff more regularly, they are awesome. The breed was terribly affected by its popularity, which was way up there for a time, and has done better with its lower numbers. You still have to select one discerningly. A poorly bred ESS and one beautifully bred aren't even like the same breed.
Edited by author Mon Mar 5, '12 3:14pm PST
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