Ganwales English Springer Spaniel Infoseite


On this page you can find a few links leading you to pages with lots of Infos about the breed English Springer Spaniel, about my kennel and about the way I breed.

1. Our story - or: Why an English Springer Spaniel ?
2. Who is  "GANWALES" ?
3. This is our way of breeding  ....
5. Hüftgelenksdysplasie, erbliche Augenkrankheiten & Co





My Story -
Or: Why did it have to be an English Springer Spaniel !


Since 1996 I am deeply involved into"dog bussiness or deeply connected to the Golden Retriever". Initially, it should just be a distraction to the "housewives and motherhood life", but quite fast, a challenging and life-fulfilling hobby has developed from it. The first year my husband Thomas was just an observer, my driver to exhibitions, craftsmen for various workings in the house which made the dogs attitude necessary and especially my sponsor! Because everyone who  thinks - you can make money with dog breeding, is completely wrong! We spent great times at exhibitions or at trainings with our dogs. My boys, back in elementary school age, were always part of the party.

The years go by, the dog crowd is getting more and grows up to 6 dogs, we were the proud owners of 3 males and 3 females. I was lucky to have  (since 2001) a very good instinct for breeding,  chooseing not just "next doors studdog ", but following my instincts, who directed me to a good way. I also had the good fortune to find  great puppy buyers, sometimes even friendship developed.

Ganwales Golden Retriever can be found all over Europe and oversea in the USA and Canada,They keep the flag flying for their kennel of origin and make me very proud.  Due to my intense activities I acquired a large  knowledge about breeding and showing. I can say that I have a really good eye for a dogs body and I am used to judge a dogs or puppys show quality regarding to its movement and construction. I attended  several times shows as co-judge and so could learn a lot. On the way to become an official show-judge I had a difficult time with co-breeders and other dog related people. Not always people are happy if someone else is successful.

I enjoy working together with other dog owners and breeders, not against each other. But unfortunately not everybody has the same opinion  and my love for breeding dogs and the dog world was spoiled through various events and actions caused by mischivious people. This all ended 2009 with various  health problems from me and my husband. My boys meanwhile  pubescent teenager, didnt make things easier and so everything was too much for me.. The Doctor's prescription was: avoid stress, clean up your life, take care of yourself and surround yourself with more positive people. This was a clear statement, and I noticed that I was now arrived at a crossroad. So it can not continue, that was obvious. Go on, but in a different way, or stop? No more breeding, only "family dogs"?

Welpenkäufer und Freunde drängten mich nicht aufzuhören, zu stolz waren sie auf das was ich gezüchtet hatte und wollten die Ganwales-Hunde nicht missen. Ich erhielt tolle Unterstützung und Zuspruch und bin stolz, solche Welpenkäufer und Freunde zu haben. Das ein Ereignis, das Jahre zuvor stattfand, mich auf den richtigen Weg bringen wird, das wusste ich damals noch nicht:  es war der CRUFTSBESUCH 2007..... 

Also.... Jahre zuvor, als ich mit Cordula, einer Welpenkäuferin und Freundin zur CRUFTS 2007 nach England fuhr und sie, bevor wir die Ausstellungshalle betreten, noch schnell mal "wohin" mußte, damals begann es, eine Begegnung die vieles ändern sollte.

Puppy buyers and friends urged me not to quit, they were proud that they had a GANWALES dog  and would not want to miss their dog.  I received great support and encouragement and I am proud to have such puppy buyers and friends. The event, which took place years earlier, will bring me to the right path, that I did not know at the time: it was my visit at  CRUFTS 2007 .....
So .... Years ago, I visited  with Cordula, a puppy-owner and girlfriend, Crufts (2007)  and, before we enter the exhibition hall, she had to go to the toilet and we met a lady with 5 Springer Spaniels on the lead. What we did not know at that ti´me, this event shoudl be the beginning of a "love affair" and  would change a lot.

Eine Springer Spaniel Ausstellerin und Züchterin (wie ich später erfuhr) drückte mir vor der Toilette kurzerhand ihre 5 Spaniels in die Hand und meinte nur: they wont cause any problems, I just have to go quick to the loo" - für alle die nicht Englisch können: the loo ist bei uns das WC !!!! . Ok, da stand ich nun mit 5 bildhübschen Exemplaren, alle 5 saßen vor mir und schauten mich an. Ich wußte zwar,dass das Spaniels waren, kannte doch bis dato nur Cocker. Es knallte !

A Springer Spaniel exhibitor and breeder (as I later heard) gave me in front of the lady's loo the leads of her  5 Springer Spaniels  and just said: They wont cause anytrouble, I just have to go quick to the loo "- for all the non-English people, the "loo" means in the UK the toilet/bathroom!!.  Ok, there I was with 5 very pretty dogs, all five sat in front of me and looked at me.  I knew, of course, that they were Spaniels, but until then I was  only familiar with English Cocker. ., it popped!

Throughout the day, as I stood at the Golden Retriever ring, I glanced again and again to the Spaniels  ... I was  fascinated of their gait, their nature, their merry jumping, almost like a Golden, only a little more intense in all cases. The show was over, and we flew back home, but since then my ESS folder was filled  more and more with photos, descriptions, pedigrees and information.

A few months later  a breeder ordered in my shop retrieving equipment, I offered her to take her  things with me to the show where we can meet. And what a surprise....she was a breeder of English Springer Spaniels! So I had the opportunity to watch her dogs and see how ESS behaive "outside" of the ring. Very friendly and dedicated she told about her life with the spaniels. Typical for me ..... I came straight to the right, she was the show secretary of the Austrian Spaniel Club,  a very committed Springer Spaniel breeder and owner.

.... now, as I was just in my "life crisis" was in, and knew, I rather should stop with the active dog life, because I can not stand the pressure, the backbiting and the squabbling of others.  But  all those positive reactions my puppy buyers gave me helped me a lot and I would not want to miss it and yet a lot of positiv things had happened in the past, so, my husband said to me: ok, do your homework and enquire at a quality kennel in England for a Springer Spaniel girl. Distract yourself with your search for a relyable breeder, study the breed, gain new strength and be "yourself"again.

It did not take a long time, after all it does not matter whether  Golden Retriever or Springer Spaniel. If  a breeder is a good breeder with a heart you can see this quickly. And  after beeing active involved since 13 years in  international  dog bussiness, this was no big deal for me finding the right breeder. My good luck brought me to Ann Corbett and Spice. She had no upcoming litter,, but she offered me after she had a good look at my website and a long phone call a lovely 7 months old girl . She owned the black and white sister, and was looking for a loving show home for the "young lady". She told us the condition: to spend a weekend with her, "to sniff" at each other and to get to know each other and the dogs, Iif everything fits I would  get Spice temporarily. A few weeks later we drove to England and brought Spice with us to Austria. No one knew how it will be, 5 golden retriever and a 7 month old Springer Spaniel bitch who behaives the way she was named......SPICE ! ! However ... it was love at first sight.

All went well, Spice was my own personal "therapy dog", brought me back to my path - for which  it seems I am  determined. In no time she was part of our pack and sometimes I discover that I must have  more than just one Springer Spaniel. My Goldens also start to hop around and behaive like Spice. Slowly my Goldens mutate to Springer Spaniel!

And my husband now has a task more .... Spice has taken a fancy to him and he barely can not escape her love . Typical, as Spaniels have a more intensive manner to deal with things as a Golden Retriever.

I love both breeds and am happy and proud at the same time that I have the opportunity to be able to breed these two wonderful breeds. I am fully aware of this responsibility and do my best.

We have now Golden Retriever friends and Springer Spaniel friends and my life is now connected even more with my dogs. So everything goes well, I will raise my first spaniel litter in autumn 2012. Everybody, and I'm talking about my 4-legged and 2-legged team are look forward to this event.(October 2011)

Update 2014:

A lot happened the last 2 years. Meanwhile I cannot imagine life without my lovely Spice. In autumn 2011 she gave birth of lovely 10 puppies of all colour shades which are possible. I found lovely owners and this litter gave me the necessary strength, and happiness I was looking for the past few years. At the moment I am in planing my second ESS litter...

.....and maybe in a few years a second ESS can join our family, then Spice has a companion and is not forcet to pretend to be a Golden Retriever :)











Who is " GANWALES "

Since 2001 I breed under the affix GANWALES quite successful Golden Retievers. 2012 I will have - so god will - my first ESS litter. Many things will be new, but the most important thing will remain the puppies will be born and need a lot of attention, love and careing.

Through years of experience in  puppy rearing and intensive support of my puppy buyers through the first year, I achieved  a solid knowledge in dealing with puppies, young dogs and the training of adult dogs. I am also a certified trainer ÖKV, but  do not practice this officially anymore. But I still have the knowledge and experience to help if necessary. For me, the dog ownership and dog breeding is a hobby that has become my way of life.

My breeding aim was and will always be:

healthy, mentally strong dogs with a true temperament
 bred under the official standard rules
sensible breeding for a continuance of the ESS as it should be
mated to the ideal partner (even if he sometimes lives far away)
reared to the best of knowledge and belief
embossed on their future life

but especially:
- find responsible puppy buyers
- provide a comprehensive info on the way
-at all times be a contact person for all kind of dogs problems
- never forget "my babies"

....just simple: to be a BREEDER WITH HEART, LOVE AND BRAIN
and this also explains my "kennel slogan" which accompanied me over the years:

"Ganwales English Gundogs, bred with love, brain and passion"










This is my way of breeding


About once a year we have puppies at GANWALES. All my dogs live with us in the house, kennels you wont find around the house. So we have a very close relationshop to our dogs and to be honest: both sides enjoy this !

The first 4 weeks our puppies live with us together in the house. The first 2-3 weeks a whelpingbox is enough for the puppies to feel safe with mom laying by them, Then we enlarge their area in the livingroom to give them more space to move around. Aktivity is the most important thing in this stage of development. Visits of the other Ganwales dogs are more than welcome. Depending on their activity and the season of the year, they can go  to the puppy room which is right next to our patio at about 4-5 weeks of age. There they have much more space to train their instincts and movement, have free acess to the garden and during the night they sleep secure in the puppy room. They quickly learn to make a difference between "in the house" and "outside", so  "house training" gets easier when the puppy leaves us.

Visiters are now  welcome, the puppies are more stable and enjoy all kind of new things. This way we  slowly integrate them  into "real" life until they leave us at the age of 8-9 weeks.


I breed dogs since 2001, so meanwhile the time with puppies is part of "normal" life for me, but I always enjoy it very much. We then have lots of guests, those with and those without dogs, former puppy buyers and friends who always enhoy the time when the Ganwales Kennel has puppys as their life makes it impossible to have a dog themselves.  

Depending on the weather I also take the puppies together with mom for short walks. This is always a very exciting adventure for the dogs and the helpers. It always amazes me how simple it is, nobody really is interested to leave the crowd , but those little tails are always in great action, and the noses are sniffing interested across fields and in the woods. . .

All my puppies leave my house with a pedigree of the Austrian Huntingspaniel Club- this is their passport and shows where they come from regardless if pet or show quality. Our Club is member of the Austrian Kennel Club (ÖKV) and member or the workdwide Kennel Club the FCI. I always breed within the regulations of our Club.

My Kennel has a special certificate since 2005 -


-which means, that I have a certified kennel.  The house, garden and the dogs are in premium condition, everything connected  for breeding porpose is checked and my knowledge exceeds normal standard. Our Kennel club has regular check-ups and renews this certificate yearly. You have to apply for this certificate and be a long termed breeder before they visit your kennel and check it.

All pedigrees of my puppies get a badge to proove the quality of their kennel and breeding.

My puppies leave us  at the age of 9 weeks. They go through several worm treatments, at the age of 8 weeeks they get their first (out of three) vaccination , are chipped and examined by our vet. Each litter also is checked by our breeding secretary and he certifies with his signature that the litter has been raised properly.

All puppy owners receive together with their puppy an owner manual. There you can find all sort of infos concerning growing up of a puppy and handling a puppy. Also a sales contract has to be signed before the puppy leaves to its new home.

...... what I expect from my puppy owners:

I expect,
 that their choice buying a puppy has been well thought,
 that they know, that this is a desicion for a dogs-lifetime.
 They also promise to train their puppy with interest to the breed
and let it live together with the family !

Kenneling is not accepted ! (Have a look at the sales contract !)

An English Springer Spaniel is an active dog who needs attention and movement in order to keep the lovely temperament and stay healthy in mind and body. If you have problems with your dog or just have a question, please feel free to contact me, I hope I can answer your questions satisfyingly.

...... come to an end...I wait desperately for messages ! I always want to know how my baby develops and get infos about different stages of life. Email, Telefon or Facebook are easy ways to leave a message.

because you always have to have in your mind:

You have a puppy of one of my dogs, so this will always be a member of my family !
No matter how old it is !!!!










The Breed - English Springer Spaniel

CH Trimere Thriller
(uncle of Spice)   

The English Springer Spaniel is a very attractive type in the spaniel family. It combines beauty, strength and quality in a high degree . His body , well proportioned and balanced, giving it the power and endurance to cope with his hunting tasks. An ideal gundog , who is by his athletic figure and his outstanding nose able to ferret out even heavy game in rough terrain and retrieve . But also for  water work  the English Springer is very useful, He enjoys going through the reeds and deep water,  browsing and retrieving game .
The English Springer Spaniel is an ancient hunting breed of pure origin, but was described by the Kennel Club in 1902 , as well as the Welsh Springer Spaniel,  as a distinct variety by default. It combines those characteristics that apply more or less to all other Spaniel varieties:  the friendliness , the easiness dealing with things , the devotion to his pack , the forward movement and temperament , courage and passion. Aggression is not typical for an ESS.

Click on the image and decide for yourself wether an English Springer Spaniel is really the right breed for you!

(drawing by Dick Twinney)











Bei den meisten Deckanzeigen stehen neben den Elterntieren Abkürzungen die die Gesundheit betreffen. Hier ein Erklärung und vor allem die Auswirkung der Erkrankung. 



Der English Springer Spaniel zählt zu den mittelgroßen Jagdhunden und ist ein sportlicher Hund. Hüfgelenksdysplasie (Fehlbildung des Hüftgelenkes) kann auch bei dieser Rasse auftreten. Ab 12 Monaten - wenn das Skelett verknöchert ist - und eine Fehlbildung vorhanden ist, kann durch Fehlbelastung Athrose (Abnützung) im Gelenk gebildet werden und der Hund bekommt früher oder später Schmerzen.

HD wird in 5 Stufen eingeteit:

 A (=frei), B(=Verdacht),C(leichte HD) ... mit diesen Befunden darf in Ö gezüchtet werden,

D(=mittlere HD), E(=schwere HD)... zur Zucht ausgeschlossen.

Wie kann ich HD verhindern?

1. GENETIK: es kann genetischen Ursprung haben, nur WIE genau die Vererbung stattfindet, ist bis heute noch nicht erforscht. Klar ist jedoch, auch gesunde Eltern können HD-betroffene Nachkommen hervorbringen, und GENAUSO UMGEKEHRT ! Also, ein HD-freier Befund ist kein Garant für HD-freie Nachkommen, ein HD befundeter Elternteil "vererbt" nicht zwangsläufig HD !

2. HALTUNG: nachgewiesen allerdings ist: HD kann durch falsche Haltung "gefördert" werden. Bis 12 Monaten ist das Knochenskelett des Hundes noch nicht gefestigt, Überbeanspruchung durch zuviel Bewegung, zuviel Training, zu viel Ballspiel (Sprünge, Nachjagen, aprubte Wendungen,...) können die Gelenke instabil machen da Bänder und Sehnen noch nicht gefestigt sind und dadurch die Gelenke "ausschlagen", die Folge ist ein defekter Knorpel der dann zu Athrosen führt.

3. ERNÄHRUNG: ebenfalls nachgewiesen ist, dass eine Fehlernährung im Wachstum die Gelenksdeformation begünstigt. Mittelgroße und große Rassen wachsen im ersten Lebensjahr im Verhältnis zu kleinen Rassen um ein zig-faches mehr. Die Belastung des Körpergewichtes auf die im Wachstum befindlichen Gelenke ist  groß. Hat ein Hund durch Fehlernährung (zu Proteinhaltig, zuviel Kalzium, zuviel Fett) ein zu schnelles Wachstum oder Übergewicht, hat das fatale Folgen auf seine Gelenke, da Bänder und Sehnen noch nicht die Festigkeit besitzen diesen Anforderungen genug zu tun.

DESHALB liebe Welpenkäufer: Der Züchter versucht durch sinnvolle Verpaarung das genetische Risiko auszuschließen oder zu minimieren, die beiden anderen Komponenten - und das sind 66% - liegen in euren Händen, denn der Hund lebt 10 Monate seines Lebens bei euch, bevor er seinen ersten Geburtstag feiert !!!!

ABER.... egal welcher HD-Befund ihr Hund ist KEIN Garant dafür, dass er Gelenksprobleme bekommen oder nicht bekommen wird!




Alle Hunde die von der FCI einen Stammbaum bekommen, dessen Eltern sind auf genetische/erbliche Augenkrankheiten untersucht. In der Regel muss diese Untersuchung vor jeder Belegung der Hündin von beiden Deckpartner gemacht werden.

Beim English Springer Spaniel werden untersucht:

1. RD - Retinadysplasie - hier ist die Netzhaut fehlgebildet (in Falten gelegt, Segmentweise missgebildet, teilweise abgelöst), wobei bei den beiden letzteren eine Sehbeeinträchtigung besteht. Dies ist ein angeborener Defekt, der bereits beim Welpen überprüft werden kann und zuchtausschließend ist.

2. HD - Hereditärer Katarakt - oder Linsentrübung genannt, kann auch in verschiedenen Formen auftreten,  meistens erst ab einem Alter von 3 Jahren oder falls viel später, spricht man vón "Alterskatarakt". Katarakt kann erblich sein, aber auch als Folge einer anderen Krankheit auftreten. Dies kann sein hohes Fieber, ein Schlag auf den Kopf, eine schwere Geburt bei der Hündin (dies könnte auch den Welpen selber betreffen), aufgrund einer Infektion,......
Katarakt muss nicht zur Erblindung führen, kann aber zu einer Sehbeeinträchtigung führen. Auch hier liegt ein zuchtausschließender Fehler vor. 

3. Ektropion/Entropium - auch Rolllied genannt. Dies ist in den meisten Fällen operativ zu beheben, sollte allerdings nicht unterschätzt werden. Durch das Aus- bzw. Einrollen des Augenlides kann die Hornhaut stark beeinträchtigt werden.
Der befallene Hund wir aus der Zucht genommen.

4. Progressive Retina Atropie - PRA, ist eine fortschreitende Erkrankung der Netzhaut die bis zur völligen Erblindung führt. Es sind bis dato verschiedene Formen der PRA bekannt, eine davon ist die CORD-1 Mutation, die anderen Formen müssen bei Hunden die in der Zucht stehen jährlich überprüft werden.

5. PRA CORD-1 MUTATION. In den USA ist es gelungen diese Form, die CORD-1 Mutation, genetisch nach zu weisen, somit ist der Ausbruch der Krankheit in der Zucht einfach auszuschließen. Sind beide Elternteile Träger (carrier) , kann die Krankheit ausbrechen, sobald einer frei (free)  ist, sind lediglich ein Teil der Nachkommen ebenfalls Träger, jedoch kann keiner der Nachkommen tatsächlich erkranken. Sind BEIDE FREI, sind auch deren Nachkommen frei, hier muss auch kein Gentest mehr gemacht werden.

Eine Bemerkung am Rande: bei "befallenen" (affected) Hunde muss die Krankheit nicht ausbrechen, bis dato sind sogut wie keine Fälle medizinisch bekannt !

6. GONIODYSPLASIE - GLAUKOM - GRÜNER STAR. Dies ist eine angeborene Fehlbildung des Raumes zwischen Hornhaut und Irislinse, der Abfluss des Augenwassers ist gestört, bildet einen zu großen Druck auf und schädigt so das Auge ("Fischauge"). Diese Krankheit ist mit Schmerzen verbunden und kann zur Erblindung führen.
Die Untersuchung, die Gonioskopie muss nur einmal bei einer Augenuntersuchung mitgemacht werden um festzustellen, ob der Hund diese Fehlbildung aufweist. Ist dieser Befund positiv muss es nicht heißen, dass der Hund an einem Glaukom erkrankt, jedoch ist man vorgewarnt, falls auffällige Symptome auftreten...deshalb, auch wenn diese Untersuchung nicht Pflicht ist, schaden kann es nicht !


3. CANINE  FUCOSIDOSE - die Spaniel "Nervenkrankheit", genetisch nachweisbar

Bei dem befallenen Hund fehlt ein Enzym das bestimmte Abwicklungen im Körper steuert. Zuerst ist nur die Aufnahmefähigkeit, die Koordination und Beweglichkeit gestört, in zunehmendem Stadium sind auch Organe und das Gehirn davon betroffen und stören so lebenserhaltende Körperfunktionen. Sie tritt meistens im Alter von 18 Monaten bis ca. 4 Jahre auf und führt in sogut wie allen Fällen zum Tod des Hundes.

Die Vermeidung dieser Krankheit ist einfach:

Niemals einen CARRIER (Träger) mit einem CARRIER (Träger) oder einem AFFECTED (erkrankten) Hund verpaaren !
Immer einen Gentest machen um den Status des Hundes zu erfahren,

 - sind BEIDE ELTERNTEILE FREI, sind deren Nachkommen ebenfalls FREI, hier spricht man von FREI (elterlich) oder FREE (parental) und man erspart sich den Gentest !






Michaela E.-Anderson & Thomas Engstler
A-6714Nüziders, Walgaustrasse 26,
A-1190 Wien, Zehenthofgasse 14
Tel.+ Fax : 0043 (0)5552 68925
mobil: +43 676 7252536


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