The Springer Spaniel
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Springer Spaniels than in the general dog population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis. 

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

  • Fucosidosis

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases

  • Factor XI deficiency (autosomal)
  • Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia
  • Phosphofructokinase deficiency (autosomal recessive) DNA test available


  • Anal sac adenocarcinoma
  • Haemangioma (skin)
  • Haemangiopericytoma
  • Histiocytoma (skin)
  • Melanoma
  • Trichoepithelioma

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

  • Patent ductus arteriosus

Heart muscle disease

Other Cardiac Disorders

  • Persistent atrial standstill
  • Ventricular septal defect

Eye diseases


Diseases of the eyeball

  • Glaucoma
  • Microphthalmia with  multiple ocular defects (English)

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

  • Plasmoma

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the retina

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (generalised in Welsh)
  • progressive retinal atrophy (central in English)
  • Retinal detachment (English)
  • Retinal dysplasia (multifocal, geographic and total) (English)

Hormonal diseases

Immune system diseases

  • Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia

Kidney & Urinary tract diseasese

Liver diseases

Nervous system diseases

  • Fucosidosis (adult)
  • Hypomyelination (juvenile)
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Lysosomal storage disease (fucosidosis)
  • Lysosomal storage disease (GM1 gangliosidosis)
  • Myasthenia gravis (congenital)
  • Rage syndrome

Orthopaedic diseases

Reproductive disorders

  • Azoospermia and spermatogenic arrest (Welsh)
  • Vaginal hyperplasia

Respiratory diseases

  • Ciliary dyskinesia

Skin diseases

  • Acral mutilation syndrome
  • Anal sac disease
  • Atopy (allergy)
  • Ehler-Danlos syndrome
  • Food hypersensitivity
  • Grass awn migrations
  • Ichthyosis
  • Intertrigo
  • Lichenoid-psoriasiform dermatosis
  • Malassezia dermatitis
  • Onchomadesis
  • Psoriasiform-lichenoid dermatosis
  • Sebaceous adenitis 
  • Seborrhoea
  • Skin tumours

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