Meet Lenny, our very friendly, very popular English Springer Spaniel. As the name suggests, he is from England, the purpose of the breed is to serve as hunting dogs, the larger spaniels, the springers, are mainly used for flushing or ‘springing’ the game birds into the air for the falcons and hawks to bring back to their handler, whereas the smaller spaniels, the cockers, were used to hunt smaller birds like the woodcock.
The typical lifespan of a springer spaniel is about 12 to 14 years. They are an affectionate and excitable breed. Nowadays the breed has split into separate show and working lines. Show dogs tend to have longer furred coasts whereas the working dogs have a shorter coarser coat.
Lenny, our springer spaniel lives with Roger in the main farm house and comes out during the day to say hello to everyone, but when he comes out he occasionally takes a trip down the paddocks and has a swim in the pond and comes back all wet and smelly.
Lenny has a bowl of dog food twice a day and if he’s lucky some of the staff will sneak him some sausages from the kitchen out as a treat, which is very naughty of the staff but I’m sure Lenny won’t be complaining any time soon!