Spanierd

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60-70 lbs
20-22"
Unknown
English Springer Spaniel
German Shepherd
The Spanierd is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the German Shepherd and the English Springer Spaniel. He has an affable personality. He is known to entertain his family and their friends with his antics. He is a friendly dog, and he is known to be good with children of all ages. He also gets along with other pets. He will likely have long hair that will need a moderate amount of grooming. He is easy to train, but training should start as early as possible. Obedience school might be an option. He will also require a great deal of exercise to remain healthy.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Shepherd, English Springer Spaniel

Spanierd Health

Average Size
Male Spanierd size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 60-70 lbs
Female Spanierd size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 60-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints
  • Allergy Testing

Spanierd Breed History

The Spanierd is a hybrid dog. While he is not necessarily a rare hybrid dog, there is not a great deal of information regarding the origins of the hybrid. However, by studying the history of the parent breeds, we can learn more about the Spanierd. In Germany, a Captain Stephanitz worked to  produce a responsive, obedient and handsome working dog - particularly one who would herd sheep -  interbreeding local farm dogs from the area.  In April 1899, Captain Stephanitz registered his dog Horan as the first German Shepherd Dog. He was touted as a sheep herding working dog, but as sheep herding was falling out of fashion, Stephanitz eventually presented his dogs to the German military, who gladly trained the breed for military and police work. Eventually, the German Shepherd was brought to the United States by Allied soldiers returning home from WWII.  The German Shepherd was used in movie Rin-Tin-Tin, which contributed to his popularity in America. The ancestor of the Spaniel is thought to have been native to Spain - hence the name - then brought to other parts of Europe by trade ships. The first Spaniel was mentioned in Welsh artifacts nearly 2,000 years ago. Prior to the invention of the gun, the Spaniel was used to flush out birds or other small animals. Once the gun became widely used, the Spaniel still flushed game out in the open. The English Springer Spaniel was called such because of its method of hunting. The first English Springer Spaniel came to North America via Canada, and the breeder imported the first English Springer Spaniel into America in 1913. In 1923, the first English Springer Spaniel was registered by the American Kennel Club. 

Spanierd Breed Appearance

The Spanierd will be a large dog. He will weigh about 50 pounds at maturity. Depending on the dominant parent breed, he may be a little bigger. He is likely to be black with some white markings. He may also be a brindle or gray color. He may also be black with some tan markings. This will also depend on the dominant parent breed. He is likely to have long, floppy ears. If so, the ears will require a little extra TLC. He is likely to have long hair, and he may have a thick, double-coat like the German Shepherd parent breed. His tail will be long, and may curve at the end. He may also have feathering on his tail.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Spanierd eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Spanierd nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Spanierd coat
Brindle
brown Spanierd coat
Brown
black Spanierd coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Spanierd wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Spanierd Breed Maintenance

The Spanierd will likely have two issues that require special maintenance: long hair and floppy ears. He will need daily brushing. Be sure to comb through the thick, dense undercoat he is likely to inherit. You will need to wipe out his ears weekly with a damp cotton ball. Check for redness or a strange odor as these signs are indicative of an ear infection. Brush his teeth two or three times a week in order to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. Brush his teeth daily if you wish to prevent tooth decay. Trim his nails every two weeks unless he wears them down naturally. If you can hear his nails clicking on a tile or granite floor, it is time to trim the nails.
Brushes for Spanierd
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Spanierd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Spanierd Temperament

The Spanierd is a sweet, funny, affectionate dog. He loves to chew, so you will want to provide toys that allow him to work out the behavior without ruining your furniture or shoes. He is great with all members of the family, but he is especially wonderful with children of all ages. In fact, he is rather protective of them. He may also be somewhat aloof with strangers until he sees that the strangers do not present any danger to his family. He can be a clown at times, and your visitors are sure to enjoy his antics (as you will!). He is also good with other dogs and animals, but early socialization will help ensure your Spanierd knows what is expected of him.

Spanierd Activity Requirements

The Spanierd will need at least ninety minutes of activity daily in order to stay happy and healthy. He will enjoy walks through the neighborhood with you, but he will also happily accompany you on hikes or run alongside you while biking. He will enjoy the dog park as well; however, it is a good idea to complete obedience training prior to exposing him to unleashed possibilities at the dog park. He will also enjoy time in the yard, whether it is fenced-in or not. He should be supervised, however. Remember his place is inside with his family, not tied outside or left to roam on his own outside.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Spanierd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$25 - $34

Spanierd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Spanierd size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Spanierd size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Spanierd size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Spanierd size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Male Spanierd size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Spanierd size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 52 lbs

Spanierd Owner Experiences

Zeeva
2 Years
4 People
House
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Pastimes
Our Spaniard is extremely affectionate and likes nothing more than long lingering cuddles. She is not food orientated but will do anything for a tennis ball. She loves children and other dogs. Very vocal and will whine and cry with excitement when it's coming up to walkies time. She has an extremely loud bark and will bark when she is excited, wants to play or something makes her jump. Her ears get matted easily and she has long fur (long enough to plait!) but she thankfully doesn't shed too much. She doesn't like the heat in the summer but is made for British winters. Very much an outside dog. Very funny, clumsy, silly animal in love with life
4 months, 3 weeks ago
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