Let's Answer Some Frequently Asked Questions
About the Breed
Do English Springer Spaniels Shed?
Yes, they sure do! It is a moderate shed year round but regular brushing can make a difference in how much hair is seen around your home.
Frequent brushing helps but English Springer Spaniels are not the breed for families looking for a hypo-allergenic dog.
What kind of grooming is required for an English Springer Spaniel?
English Springer Spaniels are beautiful though and we love nothing more than our puppy families maintaining a more "show" like groom and we're always willing to refer you to a groomer locally that can keep your Springer Spaniel looking top notch!
How much exercise do English Springer Spaniels require?
English Springer Spaniels are active dogs. They require more exercise than a quick potty break a few times a day and are suitable for active homes that enjoy walking and running. Bench bred English Springer Spaniels, like you will find at Trojh do not require near as much exercise as the Field bred type though and will happily lay beside their owners on the couch or by their feet. If you are interested in a Field bred Springer, be sure that you understand that they can sometimes be destructive if they do not get the exercise they need daily!
We do recommend waiting until your puppy is over a year before running with it as it can put extra strain on your growing Springer Spaniel causing permanent damage to hips/elbows.
Are English Springer Spaniels easy to train?
I will say that every breed requires attention and consistency while training.
That said, English Springer Spaniels live to please their owners. Springer Spaniels are often very food motivated and will do anything for a treat! Springer Spaniels love praise too so be sure to make it known that you're impressed with them when they follow through with what you're teaching!
Do English Springer Spaniels bark a lot?
Short answer, No. Aside from barking when someone knocks on the door, Springer Spaniels are generally rather quiet. If your Springer Spaniel is barking more than usual, consider maybe that your Springer is bored and would like to go for a walk, or maybe you haven't been home as much as you normally are.
Questions Directly Pertaining to Trojh Springer Spaniels
What do we charge for our puppies?
Our puppies are $3000. We require a $500 'time and communication fee' to hold your name on our list which is only taken when both Troy and I and the potential home feel that they are well suited for one of our dogs. The $500 fee is deducted from the balance and remaining payment is due by time of pick up.
Remember - we consider our puppy homes and extension of our family and want to know what's happening with 'Buddy' when he leaves our home and enters your life.
Are Trojh Springer Spaniels Registered with the Canadian Kennel Club?
Yes! The Canadian Kennel Club is the Official Registry in Canada and from a legal view, only dogs Registered with the Canadian Kennel Club are to be sold as and advertised as Purebred Dogs.
When can we expect to meet you and your dogs?
Covid and Weather are a bit tricky. We have always been open to visitors however given Covid happening and feeling the need to keep our kids safe - we have stopped visits in the winter months. The only exception is for 6 week puppy visits from our wonderful puppy families who are always so excited to meet the crew!
Health Testing - How important is it and are your dogs tested?
Health Testing is a vital 'tool' when you are breeding dogs. It is important to us to know about anything that could genetically cause harm to one of our dogs - or puppies - in their homes.
Our health testing is completed by our wonderful vet, Dr. Alison Jones, who Xrays both hips/elbows and sends the Rads to OFA for Final Grading.
Eyes are tested by Dr. Nick Whelan and we test our puppies prior to sending them home.
** Eye Certification has been almost impossible to book and I cannot guarantee that litters will be tested until Covid settles and vets are booking once again in their clinics**
How long have you been breeding? What is your experience with the breed?
We have been involved with English Springer Spaniels since 2010 when we purchased our first dog from Gentry Springers in Illinois. We enjoyed the breed so much that we then purchased Randy from Ocoee Springers in Michigan. Given my show background and handling - I finished a Pawmarc Springer bred by Pat Wilaby-Jansen for Debra Wager-Abelovsky and a friendship flourished between Pat and I. She helped me start my breeding program by sending me Nala on lease 6 years ago - a beautiful Black and White female. We are so thankful to Pat for the opportunity and value her as a close friend!
How do you socialize your puppies?
Our puppies are born in our living room beside our fireplace. They stay there until they're on their feet and starting to wean. At that point, we move them upstairs an area where they can be around the hustle and bustle that a home with 4 young kids obviously has! Near the t.v., around the cat. accessible to outside and between the kitchen and the bedrooms!
Do the puppies go to your vet before they go to their new homes?
Absolutely! Our puppies are seen by our veterinarian and team at 8 weeks. They get their wellness check and first vaccinations. They are then microchipped and scanned to be sure their microchip is in working order for registration purposes. They each get their own booklet and we mark exactly when further vaccinations are due.
Do you provide a Health Guarantee? Contract?
Yes. Legally, we are required by the Canadian Kennel Club to provide a contract to each of our puppy homes. We send our contract to anyone that fills out our Puppy Application which can be found under the Info Tab above. Our Health Guarantee is listed in our Sales Contract and can also be found under the Info Tab.
When can we take home our puppy?
Our puppies stay until at least 9 weeks of age. Depending on the litter we may decide to hold onto them a bit longer and in those circumstances, we notify our families waiting during their 6 week puppy visit.
Are you available for questions after we take our puppy home?
We stand firmly on our cimmitment to our puppy homes. Where we sometimes lack in getting back to Applicants quickly, we certainly make up for it in responding to our families.
Krystal programs each home into her cell phone contacts and is able to receive texts 24/7. It's important to know that Krystal may not hear texts at 2am but will respond early a.m.
What are your requirements for suitable pet homes?
I would like to think that we are pretty flexible in finding and deciding on our puppy homes. We receive Puppy Applications daily but it is always exciting reading each and every one!
We are certainly not for everyone - and if we dont have what you are looking for - we're always willing to help point you in the right direction!
* We require our puppies to attend at least 1 semester of puppy training - with added incentive to continue.