How Long do Springer Spaniels Live?

August 21, 2022

If you have a loving Springer Spaniel at home all boisterous and energetic it's hard not to wonder at some point just how long your furry family member will be around.

Well, the short answer is that a Springer Spaniel will live between 10 and 15 years on average.

That is the short answer but there is a lot more to it than a simple age range. It's quite wide too but that will make more sense later. There are many factors that can influence how long your Springer will live.

Quite a few of these factors are things you can influence to help your Spaniel live a healthier and longer life. If this sound like something you would like to learn more about then you are in the right place!

Read on to learn everything you need to know about helping your Springer shatter the upper range on that expected age range.

Life Expectancy of a Springer Spaniel

As touched on above briefly the average age of a Springer Spaniel is around 10-15 years. There are a few factors which can alter this range though. But we will get into that in a minute.

If properly cared for with a solid diet, regular exercise, and frequent vet visits you can expect your Springer Spaniel will live straight into this age range, or even potentially past it.

This would be entirely possible and not by any means unheard of. The oldest Springer Spaniel recorded so far was called Basher and lived to a very impressive 19 years and six months old!

Take great care of your dog's needs and who knows, with a little luck they may even beat the current record!

English Springer Spaniels vs Welsh Springer Spaniels

Interestingly there is a difference between the life expectancy when comparing the Welsh and English Springer Spaniel. This is in favour of the Welsh breed according to Pet MD. There was no obvious reason for the extra years of life expectancy.

English Springer Spaniel: The English Springer has a life span of between 10-14 years on average.

Welsh Springer Spaniel: The Welsh Springer has a life expectancy of between 12-15 years on average.

Going by these stats alone it would make sense to try to get a Welsh Springer Spaniel over an English one. But a lot of this will come down to how you take care of your dog.

It is also worth pointing out that there are many stories of Springers beating these age ranges. Remember, the oldest Springer Spaniel almost made it to 20 years old.

Male vs Female Springer Spaniels

There is no data to suggest that English Springer Spaniels or the Welsh breed of this dog have different life expectancies based on their gender.

One factor to consider would be specific health conditions that can impact your dog's long-term health. For example, mammary cancer in female dogs who were not spayed before their first season.

How Can you Help your Springer Spaniel Live a Long Life?

Now you know how long a Springer Spaniel's life span is it's time to understand what you should do to keep that family pet happy and healthy.

As you will already see a Springer Spaniel's life expectancy is on quite a broad scale while a certain amount of this will come down to luck there are a few parts of the puzzle you can directly influence.

The main factors that fall into this are diet, exercise, health problems, and how often you have a vet check your dog out.

Feed your Dog a Good Diet

As tempting as those unhealthy foods are we all know that we should be eating a nutritious diet to stay healthy and the same applies to your English Springer Spaniel.

A solid diet ensures your dog has everything they need to maintain a good weight, has a strong immune system to help fight off illness, and receives all of the nutrients required to remain a very healthy dog.

This is actually far simpler than you would think. Feed your dog high-quality dog food and ensure that you don't overdo it on treats.

There are other diets you can give your Springer Spaniel such as a raw food diet. Each option has its own advantages but the really important takeaway is to ensure no matter which one your choose it's nutritionally balanced.


Springer Spaniels love to exercise. They are a very active breed and do need at least two hours a day to remain healthy.

This is a very important part of maintaining your pet's health. If your Spaniel is not getting its daily exercise needs met it can lead to your dog becoming overweight, or developing health problems such as joint problems or even depression.

Not having a channel for that intense Springer energy also means that your dog canine companion can present behavioural problems which will not be fun to deal with!

Spay Early

An easy way to improve the chances of a female Springer Spaniel living longer is to spay her early. Spaying a female dog early will completely eliminate the chances of mammary cancer if done before the first season. The risk of this rises with each year after they've gone into their first season.

This doesn't quite work the same with male Springer Spaniels as neutering a dog will only reduce their testosterone and likely any aggression.

Regular Vet Check-ups

Any illness caught early will be far easier to treat and manage. This is as true for dogs as it is for people.

Your vet is a brilliant resource that you should take advantage of at every opportunity. They are highly qualified and experienced professionals who will be able to recognise any problems before they are serious and guide you on the best course of action.

This is especially important as Spaniel breeds are known for being afflicted with a wide range of major health problems. The other main culprits here are the Cocker Spaniel and King Charles Spaniel.

A few of the main ones you would want to know about include progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, and eye conditions such as glaucoma, and cataracts.

While all of this is true I've had a Spaniel for seven years and never had a problem. This can be very case by case. It's still good to know what you are going into though.


On average a Springer Spaniel will live between 10 and 15 years. Where your dog sits on this scale will depend on a wide array of factors such as if they are a Welsh or English Springer Spaniel, how well you take care of your dog, and even just a bit of luck.

Anyone who has one of these very intelligent dogs will agree that while life can be a bit hectic at times with Springer Spaniels in the mix, they do add a level of excitement and energy that would be greatly missed!

From creating a ruckus at home to chasing birds in the park. This popular spaniel is always up to something!

So, do everything you can to keep Springer Spaniel happy and healthy for longer. Hopefully, the tips in this article will allow your dog to even set a new record!

Good luck!

Allan  Noble
Hi, my name is Allan! I am the owner of Spaniel Advisor and I've got over seven years experience of owning Spaniels.  
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