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My husband and I had been married for three years when we decided that we were ready for the commitment of a dog. It then took us nearly a year to agree on a breed. A Springer Spaniel was not the first choice for either of us but was a very good compromise and probably the only breed we could agree on. We had both previously seen Spaniels at work for Customs and Excise and was in awe of their skill.
We bought our Springer Spaniel from a reputable breeder when he was 12 weeks old. He came with a Kennel Club registration and cost £450. Choosing him was easy as we had agreed on a boy and he was the only male left, as soon as we set eyes on the appealing bundle of love and mischief we knew we had to have him. We quickly paid the deposit and then went home to swat up on the breed.
There are two lines of English Springer Spaniel; Show and Working. Show is the bigger and heavier and Working is faster . There are also two main colour types; Liver and White or Black and White.
Springer Spaniels have been used as Gundogs for many years . It is thought that the name came from 'Springing' Spaniel a term used to describe how they sprang game. Our dog constantly has his head down on walks sniffing out what has been there, we don't worry about him finding animals as he is so soft he would not hurt anything he just loves the chase. We are often grateful to birds who like to tease him flying down low and giving him a really good run, this usually ends up in the sea where without our intervention I think he would gladly swim to France!
Surveys have regarded the Springer as being an excellent family pet as they are so low on aggression and get on well with children. One big worry of ours was introducing our dog (whom we named Merlin) to our two cats. This did not turn out to be a problem at all the cats soon let him know who was boss and even now six years later one of the cats and Merlin are best of friends often found sleeping together or playing 'see if you can get my toy' with Merlin wanting to be chased. When Merlin was just over a year our daughter arrived in this world, again we were a little worried as he would no longer be our number one but things have worked out well. There is a strong bond between them that started straight away and I believe my daughter would rather sleep in the dogs bed with Merlin then her own. I trust Him completely with children, many a time I have walked in the room to see his sulky face asking why my daughter has just stuck a cowboy hat on him or some reindeer antlers, but he lets her do it.
Springer Spaniels are known as obedient and intelligent dogs. As a pup I took Merlin to agility classes as it was something I had always wanted to try. It was great fun we both enjoyed it and he learnt very quickly as well as having a great bit of social time with other dogs.
Spaniels need a great deal of exercise. We walk Merlin twice a day for a total of two hours, we are quite lucky as he runs so much he easily covers two or three times the distance that we walk.
DISADVANTAGES OF SPRINGER SPANIELS
Most of the downside that I can think of here really applys to dogs in general and not just this breed. The obvious one is commitment. Dogs do need walking whatever the weather. Days out need to be planned, no more 12 hour shopping trips or impulse nights away. We put Merlin in a kennel when we go on holiday but usually only go for a week now as we miss him so much. Then there is the obvious expense, food, vet bills, insurance, kennels and grooming. One disadvantage that I believe is a Springer trait is the dirtiness. Although Merlin is 90 per cent good on walks i.e. he comes when called and I can trust him completely with children and other dogs he can NOT be trusted near anything that stinks. To Merlin a walk is not a walk unless you come home smelling of odour de dead fish or fox poo. If you can avoid the smells then you only have to look forward to a kitchen full of sand, mud and dog hairs.
Where do I start? Companionship, love, fun. As corny as it sounds a dog really is your best friend. Merlin is part of the furniture he is always there. We had an early start on our last holiday so he had to go to the kennels the night before. I lost count of the amount of times that night that I threw some food on the floor or wondered why he wasn't under my feet it was horrible the house felt so empty.
We are sure that we chose the right breed of dog. There have never been problems with things being chewed in the house although Merlin is a slipper stealer, when we find them they are never chewed just sometimes a bit soggy from his big chops. He is also a very quiet dog and very seldom barks which I think is a major bonus - nothing more annoying than a yappy dog. Pre my daughter Merlin was not a beggar but since having many a treat dropped from a highchair he has now realised just what he might gain by sitting under the kitchen table at mealtimes. However I can still trust him with food and do not have to hide things in the kitchen including the cat food which he knows is not his.
To sum up our Springer Spaniel experience so far I would say that we have now had Merlin for seven years, I hope that we are only half way through our journey as he is very much part of the family.
If you are prepared for the commitment of caring for a Springer you will be rewarded with so much fun, respect and unconditional love.
Before I start writing this review, I just want to point out that I haven't rated the breed three stars because I don't love my dog, but because Springers are not suitable to everyone's lifestyle (probably mine included!).
They are EXTREMELY energetic and need huge amounts of exercise. If they don't get it they just will not stay still and can also become very grumpy and frustrated.
My dog, Rufus, is four years old, but he bounces around like a mad puppy, and no matter how long you walk him he never seem to have had enough exercise.
Rufus' charm makes up for a lot of these problems though. He is extremely cute with a lovely expressive face. He LOVES swimming and is great at fetching and, learning the names of new toys after you have said the word a couple of times.
He is mainly white with liver/brown patches on his back and at the base of his tail. He has a white stripe down his face and brown ears, with a freckly nose! He is very big for the breed and extremely clumsy!
Rufus likes his own space and is not a big fan of cuddles but he loves having his chest scratched.
He pulls a lot on the lead and I feel I have tried everything to stop this. I have resorted to using a halti, which stops me being pulled over (most of the time!). As a result, I tend to just put him in the car and drive somewhere Rufus can run freely off the lead with his big sis, rescue terrier Phoebe.
I would not be without Rufus now, but in hindsight I would perhaps have chosen a more quiet breed. The vet told me it does take Springers a good few years to calm down but that it will happen, I live in hope!
What can I say about Springer's, ive had them all my life, when I was a child my dad used to work with them for the police, this is when I got to love them.
Originally cocker spaniels were used for hunting woodcock and Springer spaniels were used to 'spring' game from the net, this is why most of their tales are 'docked' so that it did not disturb the game
Now days Springer's are mainly used as sniffer dogs, you can train a Springer to search our almost anything from drugs to explosives, more recently they are being used to snip out signs of life in the Haiti earthquake.
young Springer's are really good eaters, so watch how much you are giving them as they will wolf down anything and everything
A typical Springer has a life span 9-16 yrs, they usually have liver & white or black and white coats although some have tan coloured markings. They average around 49cm in height and 24kg in weight.
A typical Springer has a very friendly temperament which is why they make excellent family dogs, they are really easy to train and very loveable and at attentive
The dogs are really laid back, not at all boisterous or aggressive and can provide hours of fun. They also love to play, they are particularly energetic once out and about and need lots of exercise where they can run and play
They don't have any specific dietary requirements, just don't overfeed them otherwise they will become overweight.
One thing to point out, is you must brush them daily as they can really malt, especially their ears as they can get really knotted up and we sometimes have to cut the knots out as they attract allsorts!
All I all, a really friendly dog, if you have young children and are looking for a family dog, I highly recommend a Springer spaniel!
If you were ever thinking of giving one of these loving creatures a home here are a few things you most certainly need to know!
Foremost springer are very social , they love following you around and the company of other animals. They are also very very active and need at least an hour a day walking. My own springer, Jess, is testiment to that and if she doesnt get the proper exercise she simply will not stay still. It is also worth noting that she has always pulled on the lead and it is very common for springers to be like this. In addition to physical exercise they need mentaly tiring out too. I ofter acomplish this by playing lots of games, such as hide and seak, and doing at least 30mins every day of training - be that basic things like 'paw', 'roll over' or creating an obstical course out of bits of cardboard! They malt - a lot, so be prepared to do a lot of hoovering and invest in a powerful one. They also need clipping regually and grooming. They are beautiful animals both in nature and image. My own springer is black and white, which is the less commonn than liver and white but both are equaly beautiful. If you're thinking of getting a puppy always ask to see the parents as that can tell alot about temperment and any inherited illness. Hope this helps some one :)
UPDATE: Sadly with the break up of my relationship, we agreed Jess should stay with my ex as he was keeping the home which she has always lived in, and this was only fair on her no matter how sad it made myself. But within the last week I have become the proud doggy parent of a male English Springer Spaniel puppy who I have named Rufus, which is the purpose of me updating this review. Many people 'crate train' new puppies in a bid to housebreak them quicker, however I was very hesitant to do this to a springer due to there free spririted and active nature. So instead I have confinded him to the kitchen with a dog bed, plenty of blankets and toys, so he is able to keep himself amused and mentaly active instead of the detremental effect t I belive a crate would of had on him. The kitchen has a direct door outside and so imediately after; eating, waking and playing we go outside for 'toilet time'. Less than a week in and I had a very happy, spirited and (almost) housetrained puppy! Now typicaly puppies are said to need 16-18 hours sleep, however with Rufus I am lucky if he sleeps for 10 hours as he just never ever stops moving! Hopefuly after inocculations he will tire out more after frequent walks. Springers typically are very eager to please and very intelligent dogs, this is what I am atributing to Rufus' fast learning and obedient nature. I would certainly reccomend a springer spaniel puppy to someone who has the time to give them the love and affection they desereve. They do well in family units, although should be supervised, as would any dog, with young children incase they jump up and cause injury - if only through play, as a springer is not an agressive breed unless trained and brought up badly.
These are fantasic pets to keep and are great for guarding, hunting/working and are brilliant family pets. If you get one of these you'll have your hands full for along time as these need alot of attention and walking. Our's is 8 months old now and she's bonkers but also very well behaved. They come in two colours liver and white or black and white. We take her out for a good hour twice a day. On the lead she pulls alot and never listens I think she's just egar to get to her destination where she can come off the lead. Springers are retreivers and will always stick close by and will never leg it if the have an opportunatey they also malt like mad and your forever tidying up after them. She also loves water and mud etc and any opportunatey she'll be off in a puddle somewhere. Just make sure you take a ball out with you so you can play fetch and keep them occupied etc ( I always treat her when she brings a ball back). All in all these dogs are very intelligent and ours brings alot of laughter into the house.
Before I continue with this review, I should just point out that I may be a little biased (but still totally honest) about Springer Spaniels as I have a real soft spot in my heart for them. Growing up I was surrounded by the breed. My best friends family had 2, my auntie had 1, and they were scattered around the neighbours like they were going out of fashion. I loved watching their curiousity, their energy, their love of life.
I have always had a love of Springers, but when the time was right for us to look around for a new member of the family - I still did the research.
I wanted to make sure that we got the right the right sort of dog to fit in with our lifestyle. So what is our lifestyle? We are a very energetic family - loving the outdoors - plenty of long countryside and moorland walks, camping holidays and park visits. We needed a breed that would accept and get on well with children. Ideally, with lots of energy so the children and the dog could happily tear around the garden and wear each other out.
After reading various books, checking the internet, and generally having chats with people we saw around the place with Springers, we decided to take the plunge and find ourselves a springer! To double check, we joined a fabulous forum called "It's a Spring Thing" which is full to the brim with Springer loving people who will help, advise, give their honest opinions and share their experiences. There are also a number of Springer rehoming charities on the site, so if you wish to rehome a springer it's an ideal place to visit.
So, what have we got?
We have got the most gorgeous, stupidest, mad maniac animal you could imagine - but oh boy, how we love her. Kira is now almost 3 years old, and is still boisterous, energetic, and loving. She is extremely obedient, has excellent recall, walks fantastically off the lead, and is wonderful with the children.
The one problem that we do have with Kira is her on-lead walking. Kira doesn't walk on the lead - she pulls, she jumps, she hops, she walks on her hind legs, she dances and she jerks. She certainly doesn't walk or look like she does anything resembling a walk. We have tried all sorts - obviously training - but also all kinds of "miracle" contraptions - none of which have worked, and some of which have actually made the walking worse as she battles to get them off. We have more or less resigned ourselves to the fact that this is the one little imperfection of her character that we are just going to have to live with. It's the sheer excitement and enjoyment that she gets from her walk experiences that makes her do it. It doesn't matter how many walks she gets, how tired she is, how long the walk is, or where we walk to - she is as excited to walk around the block as she is to walk en route to the park. From what I can gather though, this is a pretty common problem with our Springer pals.
Our springer fits in with our life perfectly. She behaves wonderfully in the house - and is full of energy when out in the garden and on walks. She is a fully fledged member of the family - coming with us on our camping trips, swimming in the sea, paddling in the stream (most springers adore water!)
and basically our life wouldn't be the same without her. The only time she doesn't come with us is when we go shopping, then she has full run of the house in our absence. She doesn't seem to suffer any anxiety when left alone, although when she was a puppy she did seem to have a thing about chewing wicker baskets! Now we can leave her alone with no problems, she doesn't chew anything and the neighbours have never complained about her howling or barking - so presumingly she is quiet (our neighbours would certainly let us know otherwise!)
She is definitely protective of her family members, and is a good dog to have around the house to warn of strangers.
All in all, I would recommend the English Springer Spaniel to anyone who has an energetic lifestyle where they can provide the dog with lots of exercise, mind stimulation, and attention. They aren't the kind of dogs that you can ignore all day and expect to behave.
My springer spaniel is now 10 months old and I have had her since she was 8 weeks old so I feel like I can finally write this review.
I purchased my puppy from a friend of the family. He isn't a breeder but had two springers so I was able to meet the parents and be involved with them through the pregnancy. Both parents are KC registered as is my puppy. I first saw her when she was 2 days old and I fell in love with her immediately. I had decided I wanted a black and white one from the outset and I wanted one with a mainly black face. As soon as I saw her pretty face I fell in love.
She stayed with her parents until she was 8 weeks old and I was lucky enough to be able to visit her and bond with her several times over those 8 weeks so when we finally took her from her mum she was already used to me which I hope helped her settled into our family.
When I picked her up she had already had all her first jabs and was KC registered and insured. When we took her they gave me part of the fleece blanket she had been sleeping on. It smelt awful but it offered her comfort so we kept it for the first few nights.
I knew a puppy was going to be hard work and have been brought up with dogs but boy I was not prepared for it at all and I really would ask anyone who is thinking of getting any puppy to really think carefully.
I managed to toilet train her very quickly. Yes we had lots of accidents but it only took a couple of weeks before she had worked out if she did it on her papers or in the garden she received a treat.
What I was not prepared for was all the nipping and scratching and to be honest over a two week period I truly felt I had made the biggest mistake ever getting her. My little girl is only 4 and my puppy would jump up her and nip her. Her arms were covered in little scratches as was her back and I had to speak to her pre school to explain the situation as I was paranoid they would think something awful was happening to her at home. In hindsight I would not have got a puppy whilst I still had such a young child. My little girl was a star during all this and now has a fantastic relationship with her.
I have found my puppy very easy to train. I have walked her off the lead in fields since we first went out for walks and she is very obedient. She always comes back when called and waits when asked to.
Some of you may have read some of my other reviews so will know that from 5 months old she was very very poorly and contracted meninigitis. This resulted in several thousands of pounds of treatment and almost losing her twice. So one of my main pieces of advice when getting a puppy is make sure you get pet insurance without fail.
As my puppy grows up she has developed a wonderful personality which I think is true to this breed. She is fiercely faithful to me and extremely obedient. She is very soppy with my daughter and is never far from her side. They have a lovely relationship and it is a pleasure to see them grow up together.
My springer is a typical springer though. She is slightly nutty and has regular mad moments which result in her running round like a loon and up and down the stairs. She will do this for about half an hour and then just collapse. She does similar in fields, she runs round and round in circles and runs so fast.
She is also a typical hunting dog which means she forages in holes and bushes so be prepared with this breed to do a lot of grooming and picking of bits of foliage out of their ears.
Springers are never worn out and even more so when they are a puppy. She will walk forever and we always end up coming back because I am tired not because she is tired. I give her two long walks a day but I know she would go for more if we could. So a springer is not good for someone who doesn't have the time or ability to go on nice long walks.
My springer has changed my life in a positive way and I would recommend the breed to anyone who has the time and space they need.
I must however, reiterate that a puppy needs a lot of time and patience and I personally wouldn't recommend getting one when you have small children.
I have a seven month old Springer called Alfie. I bought this dog with little knowledge of the working qualities or history of the breed therefore I will not attempt to review this trait. Alfie is is almost completely white with a black bum and head. As he is still a young pup he is incredibly lively and energetic and needs lots of long walks. Until he was aged about five months he was very difficult to manage and was rather disobedient and difficult to housetrain. Now he is slightly older he is an absolute joy to have around - he uses all his energy on his walks (by tearing through the park/field) and now settles down happily on our lap for the evening. He is very loving and loyal while still being playful and mischievous.
At seven months we are now trying to improve his walking skills on the lead (he has always been better off his lead than on) and trying to get him to walk to heel. This is not always easy as his excitement at the thought of the walk ahead of him makes it difficult to concentrate.
If you are thinking about getting a Springer, the energy of this type of dog should not be underestimated (you will literally not sit down for weeks) but if you are looking for a dog to take on long walks in the country this is the dog for you. A couple of months ago I was convinced I would never get a puppy again, but now I am reaping the rewards of the last few months and watching him grow into the most loving and friendly dog with a personality all his own.
I have had four springer spaniels during my life and currently own two, an 8 yr old bitch and a 1 yr old dog. They are both pedigree dogs - this means they are registered with the professional body The Kennel club and have a registration certificate with proof of ownership and status of being purebred.
The registration also records the breeding history and bloodline of each dog and the orginisation provides a family tree style booklet showing the dog's Kennel Club name (this to be used at competitions and as a 'breeder signature') and any championship trial successes each dog might have had. My papers are littered with the term 'F.T.C' which is the shortened term for 'Field Trial Champion' and refers to a hunting dog that has passed a set exam or competition.
The website below will inform you about the Kennel Club:
My 8yr old bitch is a retired gundog. She was trained to retrieve and to flush and has attended many hunting parties in her lifetime. She began this training at about 9 months old. She now suffers from joint pain and no longer attends hunts. She still has a high energy level though and enjoys fetching, hunting smells in the woods and swimming. She weighs about 16 kg and is a small sized spaniel.
My youngest dog is 1 yr old and he started his gundog training in earnest a few months ago. He can retrieve and will be trained to follow a scent soon. He has a very high energy level and is very demanding. He likes to be mentally and phsyically challenged. He is a large sized dog.
Both of my dogs live indoors and this is often considered to be a bad thing in respect to gundogs. I have a close relationship with dogs though and like to have this relaxed union with them. I do not like the idea of keeping my dog's in a kennel and mesh run.
Every spaniel I have owned has had an extremely high excitement level. They release this energy by spinning around and, well, springing. They can be very boistrous and 'paws on'! They are dogs that must be trained well or their wild behaviour could become annoying and be difficult to handle. They are easy dogs to train but can sometimes be distracted by their own anxiety and inner joy!
Springers need regular grooming as their coat will grow long and thick and their ears will be curly and unruly. I use a double sized wire brush and a flea comb. I also purchased a WAHL trimmer set and give my dogs regular haircuts to keep them cool and tangle-free. Grooming takes practice but there are some good instructional DVDs and classes available.
Both my dogs have their tails docked and their dew claws removed. This is to prevent any injury when the dog is hunting - for instance a wagging tail will be more easily caught on a bramble bush.
My dogs are good with children and quite good, if subservient, to other dogs. Overall they have a friendly nature. My dogs will react to a command given to them by any family member, including the children.
I love this breed although they are very demanding dogs. I would suggest this as a pet for anyone who loves walking, running or engaging in outdoor activities! I would also recommend NOT to get this breed if you are looking for a quiet, cool dog that you don't have to walk much - this isn't it!
We have an English Springer Spaniel called Jack. He is such a cute and friendly dog and we have never regretted getting him. He is now 7 years old which is quite old for dogs but he is still like a puppy himself.
Springers are very friendly dogs (usually). I said usually because sometimes ours can get a little grumpy, mainly when he is tired and he can sometimes growl, but he has never snapped or tried to bite anyone. Usually he is a lovely friendly dog. He is not always that social though, and by that i mean with other dogs. With dogs he knows, like my best friends dog, he is fine with and enjoys seeing the other dog, but sometimes when i take him for a walk and another dog comes running up to him, he doesn't know how to act and he can sometimes growl and chase the dog, he is actually playing but it doesn't seem like he is to other people.
One negative to Springers is the hairs. OMG hairs get everywhere. You give him a hug and you are covered in hairs, the carpets often need vacuuming.
He does love a good play. Often in the evening he will go into his room (also the utility, lol) and get one of his toys out of his box and come out and have a bit of a fling.
He is terrified of fireworks, the iron and ironing board, and other stuff. Its quite funny though, when fireworks are going off, at first he sits up looking a bit nervous, then he will slowly come over to you with his head down, then if they keep going off he tries to hide under my computer desk.
He loves swimming. We have a boat on Ullswater Lake in Cumbria and when we take him there he always wants to go in the water and have a swim. He loves to jump of the end of the jetty. He also loves to run in forests, long grass etc sniffing for rabbits (he never catches anything though)
If you are looking for a dog, i recommend getting an English Springer Spaniel. They are fantastic family pets and great if you have children or other animals.
Over the years me and my parents have owned plenty of spaniels they are lovely dogs and very protective as we have found out ever time the door goes our dog would jump to it and would not stop barking untill we come back in safe and sound.
Also they are very proned to atheritus as they get a little bit older as one of my spaniels has now on his back end his his legs and around his tail area all that can help is the tablets he takes and cod liver oil and we dont run him as much as he used to as he is in agony if so.
also a few years ago we had a springer that kept sneezing and bleeding from the nose and then went on to find out the poor boy had cancer we spent thousands on different treatment and travelling around to different special care places and in the end the poor thing was suffering and ended up getting put down so if u suspect make sure to take it to the vets.
we also have a bitch that whens shes in season she gets very friendly with other dogs and gets really moody im saying this as i no most people dont no that a bitch have a ladies time and she also bleeds to and its very uncomfortable for her.
also be very carefull if you own one as theres a clue in there name springer our bitch is one and we couldent never leave her in the garden as a pup she would jump 4 foot fence pannels and sit in the neighbours garden and wonder of so we had to highten all our garden.!.
I am a proud Springer Spaniel owner. Our female is almost 3 and the most fantastic doou could ever hope for, we have 2 small children and i work as a childminder so have a variety of children at home.
She is a clever dog and very affecionate (can be sometimes smothering though when she wraps around you like a scarf) needs stimulation e.g. walks playing with being fussed, but the rewards are great.
They were originally working dogs used to bring back birds shot down so have naturally soft mouths as they needed to carry the birds with out damaging them. This shows in their tempermant and how they act.
Our springer pulls on the lead so much so we had to buy a halti nose band which has resolved this but might not be suited to anyone with bad joints in shoulder as i imagine could be painfull.
Also when young are very bouncy and excitable, needs a firm hand to guide them into adulthood, but well worth the hard work!
Quite happy to play all day with kids, be pulled and pushed any which way too,
please remember dogs are like people and we are all differant our springer is fab but they come in all shapes and sizes
Well I have to review Springer!
My Springer Ben is now 2 years old and we love him to bits. Springers are fantastic family pets great with children but I would not get one with a baby or very young child because they are so energetic and a bit hyperactive. Springer need a lot of work I would advice training a Springer to do some simple things like sit, lie, wait, off etc as this will make live easier also they are so clever you need to keep them busy and make some ground rules like no jumping up etc you really need to stick to these rules because they are so clever if you let them get away with anything they will keep doing it!
we take are Springer for a walk 3 times a day one of these is a longer walk then the others but he does for a long run off his lead on all three walks. I would say it is very very important to a Springer to be good off the lead as you can never walk them far enough they really need a free run. If we went to an open field for an hour, the dog will run and run for a whole hour solid! They are so energetic and if you do not exercise them enough they will be a pain, ours paces and pinches toys if he gets bored and does not have enough exercise.
the only disadvantages I can think of for Springer is they are very high maintained they need tons of exercise also they might go for livestock and animals my Springer loves cats dogs etc but when we take him out in the fields he will chance and catch if he can rabbits. He has bought back a rabbit to us before which is a bit gross! So worth being aware of!
Overall, I would say if you are thinking of getting a Springer then think about it very hard read as much as you can about the breed, as it is a huge decision.
Someone once said to me that springers suffer from autisum and I can see what they mean now I have one.
if you are looking in to getting a springer then it is something you need to think about. getting any dog is a big commitment but have have friends with springers and have lived with one my self and they never run out of energy you can take them out for bike rides come back want to collapse on the sofa and they will have some water and be ready to go again or want to play tug of war with something that they have dug up in the garden and are happly rubbing into the carpet!!!!. they never get tired and can run rings around anyone that is not ready for them that defo include me. They are very cute and very good in the correct situ but just remember you need alot of space and energy and time to keep these little pocket rockets out of big trouble.
Your review was right on the money. We have three ESS, one female and two males. Maggie, who is tri-colored (liver and white with brown) is 14 and she now has an "old dog" appearance. Chipper, who is liver and white, is 12 and he still looks like a puppy. We obtained Mason from an ESS rescue group. He is 10 and black and white. They are very affectionate dogs, so willing to please and always happy to see you. As they get older, they are not as boisterous!! They are excellent family pets. Maggie has never liked little children for some reason, but the other two love everyone. They're a great breed to have as part of your family.