BIT OF HISTORY:
Spaniel types are thought to have been brought from Spain by the Romans - hence
the name, which derives from Hispania, the Latin for Spain.
As fare back as the late 1300s a southern French nobelman, Gaston de Foix, wrote a
description of Spaniel work that equates well with modern Spaniel tasks.
In about 1800 the first line's of ESS was founded, by the Boughey family of Aqualate, UK,
and in 1813 a Stud Book was commenced. These records were, unfortunately only for their
own Spaniels. It was not until a dog show in 1859 that the various breeds really began to
separate. At that time it was mainly still by size and colour rather than anything else.
But by the foundation of the English Kennel Club in 1873, this changes with their official
registrations and creation of the Stud Book. Finaly in 1902 the English Kennel Club
granted the breed; ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL full recognition in its own right in the
official KC Stud Book.
The first ESS were imported to Denmark about 1920, or a bit earlier. The first well known
Kennel's in Denmark were "Solveig", "Saxdalen", "Dankas" and
"Fredskov". They were active from the late 50's. And until this day, the
Kennel Saxdalen is still activ.
Nowadays we have, in Denmark three different types of ESS:
(Pictrures taken from The Danish Spaniel Club Jubilee Book 1993)
The American Type
The Field Trail Type
(Mompesson Foolow Folly)
(Sieger's New York Knicks)
At Kennel ConCateNate's we are breeding The English
Type (Dual purpose), an ESS, who serves it purpose, as a perfect companinon, having
the will to work and also fulfils the FCI Standard.
ConCateNate's Reason to
Believe ConCatNate's A Natural Man
ConCateNate's Moment of Glory
FCI BREED STANDARDS AND
||Symmetrically built, compact, strong, merry, active.
Highest on the leg and raciest in build of all British land Spaniels.
||Breed is of ancient and pure origins. Oldest of
sporting gundogs; orginal purpose was finding and spriging game for net, falcon or
greyhound. Now used to find, flush and retrieve game for gun.
||Friendly, happy, disposition, biddable. Timidity or
agression higly undesiable.
|HEAD AND SKULL:
||Skull of medium length, fairly broad, slightly
rounded, rising from the fore face, makin a brow or stop, divided by fluting between
the eyes, dying away along forehead towards occipital bone which should not be prominent.
Cheeks flat. Fore face of proportionate length to skull, fairly broad and deep,
weel-chiselled below eyes, fariely deep and square in flew. Nostrils weel developed.
||Medium size, almond-shaped, not prominent nor
sunken, well set in (not showing haw), alert, kind expression. Dark hazel. Light eyes
||Lobular, good length and width, fairly close to
head, set in line with eye. Nicely feathered.
||Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
||Good length, strong, muscular, free from
throatiness, slightly arched, tapering towards head.
||Forlegs straight and well boned. Shoulders sloping
and well laid. Elbows set well to body. Strong, flexible pasterns.
||Strong, neither too long or too short. Chest deep,
well developed. Well sprung ribs. Loin muscular, strong with slight arch and well coupled.
||Hindlegs well let down. Stifles and hocks moderately
bent. Thighs broad, muscalar, well developed. Coarse hocks undesiable.
||Tight, compact, well rounded, with strong, full
||Set low, never carried above level of back. Well
feathered, with lively action.
||Strictly his own. Forelegs swing straight forward
from shoulder, throwing feet well forward in an easy, free, manner. Hocks driving well
under body, following in line with forelegs. At slow movement may have a pacing stride
typical of this breed.
||Close, straight, and weather-resting, never coarse.
Moderate feathering on ears, forelegs, body and hindquarters.
||Brown and white, black and white, or either of these
colours with tan markings.
||App. 51 cms.
||Any deparure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be
in exact proportions to its degreee.
||Male aninals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.